There is nothing more rewarding than picking fresh herbs from your very own herb garden.
I cut an assortment of parsley, thyme, oregano, basil, rosemary, mint and sage and tie them into a bunch with string and add it to my soups and stews. Called a "bouquet garni" - which I remove before serving - of course.
Saute garlic, ginger and onions in olive oil or avocado oil and add vegetables and stock - a great base for any soup or stew. Place your fresh herb bouquet on top and simmer!
Add freshly ground pepper and Himalayan salt to taste.
Add spinach or silverbeet before serving for an extra alkaline burst!
Check your alkaline food chart and create your own alkaline soup.
Add wonderful flavor and increase your alkaline intake by chopping up a fresh bunch of assorted herbs and sprinkle them generously over your meat and grilled veges while cooking.
Keep fresh hot chillies handy... finely chop and sprinkle over soups, curries, fries, eggs and grilled meats for that extra punch of "hot spice".
The Washington Post says "These luscious leaves — parsley, basil, cilantro, mint, thyme, oregano, rosemary and the like — not only add enticing aroma, fresh flavor and vivid green color to food, but also have remarkable health benefits.
The true power of herbs lies in their wealth of protective polyphenols — plant compounds with potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. Piles of studies show that polyphenols in herbs help combat such diseases as cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, diabetes and more. Polyphenols are anti-microbial, so they can help protect us from harmful bacteria as well" And for a natural breath freshener bite into a sprig of Parsley.
Sage is an herb. The leaf is used to make medicine.
Sage is used for digestive problems, including loss of appetite, gas (flatulence), stomach pain (gastritis), diarrhea, bloating, and heartburn. It is also used for reducing overproduction of perspiration and saliva; and for depression, memory loss, and Alzheimer's disease.
Women use sage for painful menstrual periods, to correct excessive milk flow during nursing, and to reduce hot flashes during menopause.
Sage is applied directly to the skin for cold sores; gum disease (gingivitis); sore mouth, throat or tongue; and swollen, painful nasal passages.
Some people inhale sage for asthma.
Cilantro: One of my favorites and one of the World’s Most Powerful “Superherbs”
Also called coriander or Chinese parsley, cilantro is both delicious and nutritious and a powerful antioxidant. Cilantro contains vitamins A and K, as well as high levels of vitamin C and the trace mineral manganese. Cilantro also contains an impressive lineup of other vitamins and trace minerals such as B vitamins, calcium, iron, zinc, phosphorus, potassium, and magnesium.1 A natural preservative and has antibacterial elements.... wow!
Cilantro has long been used as a natural remedy for upset stomach, including bloating and gas, heartburn, and stomach cramps.
Add cilantro to scrambled eggs, avocado dip, soups, salsa and as a topping on salads.
Fresh herbs add a wonderful flavour and aroma to our foods while increasing our daily alkaline food intake.
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