OUR HERBAL RADAR
These nutritional powerhouses are full of anti-inflammatory, detoxifying + immunity boosting properties. The flavour and essence of these nutrients tend to be a key elements of daily meals, so we thought why not run through some of our favourites this time of year!
Nothing better than some basil as we approach those warmer months! The smell and taste of this wonderful herb not only makes a great base for pesto but is also rich in vitamin K, providing anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. Try and eat this herb raw whenever possible so the beneficial oils stay intact!
It is a well known fact that lavender oil is great for supporting sleep and relieving anxiety, but this beautiful little flower also contains antioxidants known as polyphenols that fight bloating as well as antiseptic and anti-inflammatory benefits which can help heal minor burns and bug bites. You can incorporate this herb into your hot tea, ice tea juices, sauces and general home cooking.
Lemongrass contains a wide range of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that support healthy skin, strong nails and hair. Widely used throughout Thai cuisine, this herb gives a very fresh citrus-y aroma to all dishes. We’re big fans of lemongrass and even have a broth dedicated to it’s wonderful flavours! Citronella (a compound found in lemongrass) is said to have medicinal properties used in aromatherapy, helping prevent cold and flu symptoms.
Our beloved mint is on the cards throughout the year, but even more so now as we head into spring and summer, and we look for refreshing twists on old classic drinks and foods. It’s wonderful properties range from supporting digestive aid, fighting nausea, headaches and fatigue to name just a few! It’s also a great source of Vitamin A, which is key for cell renewal and the production of new membranes and tissues.
We love getting our Greek-on with this amazing immune boosting herb. Well known for being natures antibiotic, it holds antibacterial, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties. It’s antioxidant benefits help and prevent damage on a cellular level while lowering systemic inflammation.
Last, but by all means not least this nutritional powerhouse is a game changer. The flavanoids found in this herb reduce and help prevent damage in your blood cells. They have benefits that increase the antioxidant capacity of our blood which in turn reduces inflammation and protects against ultra-violet damage, AND THAT’S NOT ALL- parsely is also fantastic for digestion, high in vitamin A, B12, C and K! one very powerful little green.