So we’ve told you recently 5 herbs you should be growing, and if you really are interested in growing your own herbs, or just simply knowing which herbs are the worst and the best, read on!
(Because like everything else, herbs can and will be ranked.)
WORST TO BEST:
Patchouli is a species of herb from the mint family known scientifically as Pogostemon cablin, a native of tropical Asia. The name derives from two old Tamil words, “patchai”, which means green, and “ellai”, which means leaf.
It grows to a height of 2-3 feet with leaves that grow upward and produce a strong fragrance that is more woody than herbal. The oil produced from the leaves is unusual as it actually gets better with age – freshly distilled oil is greener and sharper than an aged oil that will develop to smell richer and deeper.
It has been valued since ancient times; the Egyptian pharoah Tutankamun was buried with 40 litres of patchouli oil in around 1323BC and early European traders valued it as highly as gold.
Pros: Smells really good and aroma has many beneficial properties.
Cons: Anyone knows how to cook this?
Pros: The flowers, leaves, and oil from the borage plant can be used as medicine.
Borage is eaten in salads and soups and used in skincare products as well.
Cons: Doesn’t it look too pretty to eat?
3. Bay Leaves
Pros: They require no preparation. You just drop one your dish and leave it to do its magic. Want to keep your bay leaves flavorful even longer? Store them in the freezer and they’ll last for years. This is great to know if you’re looking to save some money and buy in bulk.
Cons: Eat a whole one, and you’ll die. Maybe.
Lemon grass originated in India and Nepal and it is an integral part of many Thai, Vietnamese and Malaysian meals. This plant is also called citronella, tanglad or Cymbopogon ciatrus (in Latin), while in the Caribbean they call it the fever grass.
This herb has sedative effect to the central nervous system, calming the person who takes it.
Lemon grass is used to detoxify the liver and positively affect the function of the digestive tract, pancreas, bladder and kidneys.
Oil extracted from this plant is found to be potential remedy for people suffering from keratomycosis (cornea inflammation that may cause burning and other vision problems).
Some people believe that lemon grass may prevent colon cancer and be extremely helpful remedy for anyone suffering from rheumatism or arthritis. Scientific research has proven that 100g of boiled lemon grass contains about 24mcg of beta carotene, making this herb potentially useful for the treatment of cancers.
Cons: No real side effects have been discovered about this herb, actually.
Chamomile is basically a herb that originates from a blooming plant from the daisy gang. Both the new and dried blossoms of chamomile have been utilized to make teas for quite a long time to cure various wellbeing issues. The dynamic fixing in chamomile key oil is known as bisabolol, which has various hostile to aggravation, calming, and against microbial properties.
Chamomile can be used to treat insomnia and migraines, among others.
Cons: Can’t really be used in any savoury dishes.
Jokes aside, all herbs have their own benefits and side effects. Remember to consume your herbs in moderation and be open to exploring new herbs too! And bookmark our blog for interesting, relevant posts every week.