How many times have you found yourself having to organize an important dinner and in the middle of the preparation have you noticed that you have forgotten the ingredient that would have given that extra touch to amaze the guests?
Growing aromatic herbs at home mean always having a vital source of aromas and flavors available: their scent and appearance make them showy and ornamental plants; they offer fragrances, shapes, and colors that illuminate the environment and make it pleasant; in addition, they are inexpensive plants, within reach of all budgets. In addition, aromatic herbs are a real concentrate of healthy principles and a source of vitamins and minerals beneficial for our body.
- Lemongrass. Originally from Southwest America, lemongrass is used in moderation to give lemon flavor to dishes; in medicine, its leaves are curative in case of swelling and indigestion, they can also be used as a sedative or to prepare herbal teas to drink in the evening. Its persistent scent also helps to keep mosquitoes away in the summer season.
- Basil. This plant is known worldwide for its use in the kitchen, associated with Mediterranean cuisine and Italian cuisine in particular. It is a plant that grows in full sun and can be grown both in pots and in the ground, the important thing is that it is a fertile soil with neutral pH. It is rich in potassium which serves to regulate the water balance in the body, in addition, it provides phosphorus which is a fundamental element for the constitution of bones.
- Mint. It can cure ailments such as coughs and colds, due to its sedative and spasmodic properties. For those suffering from halitosis, this highly fragrant herb rubbed on the teeth helps to prevent and fight it. It can be grown both in the garden and in pots. Slightly aphrodisiac, if eaten raw, it is an excellent seasoning for cheese dishes, salads, fruit salads, and cocktails.
- Chives. It prefers fresh and rich soils, loves the sun, but also tolerates a position in partial shade. Chives can also be grown in pots without problems. It is used to flavor hot and cold dishes, unlike onion and garlic, it is very digestible and has been valuable for centuries against bad breath. Strengthens the muscles, increases blood circulation and relieves abdominal pain.
- Rosemary. Calms rheumatism and stiff neck; it is an excellent brain tonic: in case of tiredness, fatigue, and difficulty concentrating, an infusion of rosemary is useful to be consumed every day. Thanks to the presence of flavonoids and other antioxidants, rosemary helps detoxify the liver. With meat, it is ideal, because it improves the digestion of fats.
- Lemon thyme. Lemon thyme is a perennial plant that grows well in any soil as long as it is sunny. Flowery tops and leaves are used in the kitchen, with an intense lemon flavor which makes it ideal for flavoring meat, fish and salad dishes. Once dried, it maintains its aroma which, on the contrary, is stronger and more concentrated. The infusions with both dry and fresh leaves and flowers are excellent curatives for coughs, colds and digestive problems.
- Sage. The Latin name Salvia Officinalis means “plant that saves”, in fact, some peoples believed that it could resurrect the dead if used during magical rites. It helps protect against mouth and throat inflammations, to calm abdominal cramps and to tone the nervous system. Furthermore, it seems that sage is able to awaken male and female ardors. In the kitchen, it is used to flavor both first and second courses.