Parsley, Sage, Rosemary & Thyme

I can’t help but think of Simon & Garfunkels album when talking about these honored herbs. Though I wonder what happened to basil? I guess they don’t like Italian food that much, but the song was a hit regardless. Actually Paul & Art are not the focus of this post, but rather an impromptu upcycle project, involving old wine glasses and herbs—you just never know around here!

When organizing my kitchen awhile back, I eliminated several unused, souvenir wine-tasting glasses. They were headed for a dismal fate, but then I decided there must be some way to repurpose them . . . indeed! I turned them into small, festive planters for some herbs I’ve been meaning to grow. I cook with fresh herbs weekly and like to have them on-hand. From fresh soups to pizza, I use my trusted basil & rosemary plants constantly, but wanted to expand the stores. I opted for thyme, sage, flat leaf Italian parsley and strawberries, why limit yourself? The plants will need some time to mature, but they have style working for them in the meantime. Cooking with herbs for flavor is only a small part of their value. Herbs like many vegetables offer nutritional benefits, and all of these contain valuable volatile oils and flavonoids. This makes them excellent antioxidants & anti-inflammatories. Have you had enough flavonoids today?

I didn’t think so. Here’s why you should be eating your dinner garnish:

Parsley

(Petroselinum crispum)

  • Whopping 155% daily value of Vitamin K (2 Tbs)
  • No caloric significance
  • Vitamin C
  • Folic Acid
  • Volatile Oils, like Myristium, been shown to inhibit lung tumor formation
  • Flavonoids like Luteolin, powerful antioxidant preventing cell damage

Sage

(Salvia officinalis)

  • 30% Daily value of Vitamin K (2 Tbs)
  • No caloric significance
  • Known by ancient Greeks as “Immortality Herb”
  • Current published scientific research shows sage powerful memory enhancer
  • Flavonoids show high antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties
  • Volatile oils show antimicrobial and antiseptic properties

Rosemary

(Rosmarinus officinalis)

  • Sister plant to sage
  • Contains fiber & iron
  • No caloric significance
  • Known by Ancient Egyptians as “brain tonic” supporting concentration & memory
  • Shown in recent studies to increase blood flow to the brain, thus reducing inflammation
  • Flavonoids offer high antioxidant and antimicrobial properties

Thyme

(Thymus vulgaris)

  • Contains 60% daily value of Vitamin K (2 Tbs)
  • 20% daily value of iron (2 Tbs)
  • 11% daily value of manganese (2 Tbs)
  • No caloric significance
  • Known for its powerful antiseptic properties due to its volatile oils
  • Volatile oil known as Thymol shown in studies to increase healthy fats of cell membranes in the brain
  • Flavonoids offer protective antioxidant properties
  • Known in herbal medicine as a liver stimulant and antispasmodic

Basil

(this one deserves credit too, Garfunkel!)

  • High in Vitamin K, iron, Calcium and Vitamin A
  • No caloric significance
  • Flavonoids Orientin & Vicerin show antioxidant properties, specifically protecting WBC membranes, & chromosomes
  • Volatile oils shown in published scientific journal to restrict bacterial growth in the lab
  • Additional published scientific study shows the volatile oils restricted strains of Staph, E. coli and Listeria
  • The volatile oil Eugenol was studied, showing strong anti-inflam properties as a COX inhibitor (like Advil, Tylenol)

garden herbs

The winter here happens to be warm & sunny, so it’s still an ideal time to hit the garden center & get planting. If you’re amidst a colder climate, some small pots or glasses, make for an easy indoor herb garden too. Season liberally my friends!herbs potted

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