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Health Benefits of Planting an Herb Garden

By Marc Courtiol

With an awareness of the various side effects of conventional medicine there are many people that are turning towards the safe haven that herbal remedies provide. No amount of argument that says that herbal remedies are not tried and tested or scientific solutions to a medical condition seem to have any effect on these herbal enthusiasts since they know that herbal remedies take a longer time to show effect. On the other hand, they also know that these remedies are likely to cure the root cause of the medical condition being treated rather than just alleviate symptoms.

If you are someone who understands the health benefits of herbal remedies then it may be obvious for you to know that having an herb garden can be extremely beneficial. There will be no need to go rushing to the herbal shop to try and locate the specific herb that you are looking for. Nor will there be a need to wait for the few days until the Internet herbal purchase arrives.

Using herbs on a regular basis also helps in strengthening the immune system. If you have an herb garden then using these on a regular basis becomes easy. If you have a chronic condition that is being treated with herbal remedies, the herbs in your garden can help you save a lot of money too. Continues availability of the herb that is required also helps in keeping a stock. Fresh herbs from the garden are far more potent and active as compared to those that have been processed and sealed in a box.

When you grow a specific plant, you can actually use almost all parts of the herbal plant in various concoctions and recipes that you prepare. You can use the roots, leaves, petals and sometimes the stems too. The real benefits of an herbal garden come from the manner in which you can use it. Some suggestions below can help.

– Use the herbs in your cooking – Herbs can add a lot of flavor to the dish besides providing the various health benefits that they do. You can add herbs that are delicious and healthy to marinades, sauces and soups. Chives, parsley, tarragon, coriander and parsley are some herbs that can be used in this manner. Garlic is considered to be extremely good for the heart and cholesterol conditions too. Aniseed can help in curing respiratory issues and therefore is a must for asthmatic patients. Lemon balm can calm nerves and reduce anxiety.

– Add them to the salads – Chopped vegetables can be extremely bland and adding herbs like basil, thyme, oregano and more to these salads can make then delicious and healthy.
– Herbal oil for massages -With all the herbs that you have in the backyard herb garden, you can choose to make nice aromatic or herbal oil. Depending on the ingredients that you are choosing, your herbal oil can be used to massage the body or the hair. You can warm the oil and add fresh herbs from the garden. Rosemary, oregano, thyme, chive, sage are only some of the herbs that you can use from the garden. An herbal or aromatic oil massage can revitalize you like nothing else can. The stimulation of the blood circulation also helps in keeping the body fit.

– Fragrant aromas – Another way in which you can use the herbal flora that you have available in the backyard is to use herbal concoctions for fragrant aromas in the house. You can use these aromatic herbs later to flavor the food or soup later. Herbs like rosemary and mint lend themselves to this use and also keep insects and animals at bay.

It is interesting to note that not only do the herbs in the garden provide you with all the herbs that you may need to maintain good health, the specific act of growing a herbal garden itself helps in many ways. Gardening is a good activity that allows you to show your creativity and is something that you can enjoy with your children. The mere act if gardening allows you to slow down and is therefore is helpful in relaxing the pace at which you are running. The activity improves hand-eye coordination, motor skills and self esteem.

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