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Cilantro, Thyme and Mint

In our last post, we discussed the daily benefits of aloe vera, lavender and calendula. Building on the theme of day-to-day uses for popular flora and fauna, we have another three plants to discuss today. Cilantro is a frequently used spice that is good for so much more than adding flavor to your food. Thyme is another herb you can use to make seriously tasty foods, but you can also use thyme in other ways that benefit your health. Mint is commonly known for reducing bad breath and bringing about feelings of freshness, and there are reasons why you should consider for daily use. Keep reading to find out how cilantro, thyme and mint can benefit you in your day-to-day life.

Cilantro

Cilantro
Cilantro is one of the most popular herbs for adding spice to different dishes. This spice originated in the Mediterranean, but is used worldwide. Keep cilantro in your home to:

  • Improve Digestion – Proper digestive health is important to your overall health, and cilantro can help aid digestion. Cilantro stimulates the production of digestive enzymes that make the digestion process smoother, and the dietary fiber in cilantro is helpful in moving food through the digestive system. It is also reported that when eaten, cilantro can help reduce flatulence and improve liver function.
  • Detox Your Body – Cilantro is known to bind to heavy metals in the body, and is able to aid the body in its natural process of detoxification. This ability makes cilantro the perfect pairing for seafood, which can increase the risk of mercury poisoning. Additionally, cilantro has antioxidant properties that fight free radical damage.
  • Lower Blood Pressure – The high mineral content of cilantro is useful for lowering your blood pressure. Cilantro provides the body with potassium, calcium, iron and manganese, and it is the potassium in particular that helps control blood pressure and maintain heart rate.

Thyme

Thyme
Thyme is a sometimes overlooked herb, but there are several reasons you will want to take a second look at it. Use thyme to:

  • Boost Your Mood – Thyme essential oil is frequently used for therapeutic purposes and this scent can improve your mood. One of the active substances in thyme is carvacrol, which was shown to affect neuronal activity in a 2013 study. Put a little bit of thyme essential oil in a diffuser and use daily for boosted moods.
  • Improve Immunity – The next time you feel a cold coming on, grab some thyme. Thyme is packed with vitamins A and C and helps your body fight off illnesses. In addition, a combination of thyme and ivy leaves have been used to stop coughing. If you find yourself dealing with a cough and a sore, scratchy throat, try drinking some thyme tea.
  • Fight Acne – Although there is only preliminary evidence that thyme can help combat acne, the findings have been pretty encouraging and impressive. Thyme has strong antibacterial properties which is part of what researchers believe makes thyme such a good choice for acne-prone skin.

Mint leaves.

Mint
There are so many different kinds of mint, but peppermint and spearmint are probably the two most common types of mint used. Mint can help:

  • Treat Skin – Mint has a cooling and soothing sensation when applied topically and it can help treat minor cuts, burns and other skin irritations. Mint can also be used in the treatment of acne, because of the naturally high salicylic acid content found in mint.
  • Care for Your Mouth – A trip down the toothpaste aisle indicates that mint is super popular as a flavoring and ingredient, and there are more reasons than it being a great breath freshener. Mint is germicidal and it also reduces the amount of bacteria growth in the mouth. Crushed mint leaves have a natural whitening effect on your teeth, which is one of the reasons why mint is so prevalent in toothpaste.
  • Ease Headaches – Mint essential oil is an incredible thing to keep on hand with you at all times because it helps boost your mood, but also because it has the ability to relieve headaches. Just take a whiff of mint essential oil or place a drop or two behind your ears for headache relief. You can also drink mint tea, or in a pinch simply suck on a peppermint to ease tension in your body and help cure a headache.

Cilantro, thyme and mint are all incredible plants that offer a variety of health benefits. Consider keeping these plants in your home, stocking up on tea that uses these beneficial ingredients, or invest in some quality essential oils. Use cilantro, thyme and mint to improve your moods, your skin and your overall health.

Your Windowsill Herb Garden

Fresh herbs are unparalleled in intensity when it comes to adding the perfect flavors to your cooking, and in addition to being delicious, fresh herbs offer health benefits. Not all herbs are suitable for growth indoors, but there are plenty from which you can choose for a windowsill garden. Find out why you should grow a windowsill garden and get some ideas about what herbs to include in one below.

Herb garden

Why Grow a Windowsill Herb Garden?
Herbs are packed with antioxidants and nutrients that your body needs, but, unfortunately, these benefits are significantly lessened if you use store bought herbs or dried herbs. “Half of the nutritional value of plants is lost within thirty minutes of harvesting,” says Brian Hetrich, naturopathic doctor and gardening expert with the Hippocrates Health Institute in West Palm Beach, Florida. “When you grow your own herbs you can use what you need at the moment by harvesting small amounts, fresh from the plant,” adds Hetrich.

Herbs for Your Windowsill Garden
There are so many incredible herbs to choose from that it might be a little overwhelming to decide what herbs you are going to grow in your windowsill garden. The following herbs are all well-suited for a windowsill garden:

  • Rosemary – Rosemary is a very aromatic herb that has been the subject of some recent research. Northumbria University in the United Kingdom found that participants performed better at memory-related tasks when the scent of rosemary was being pumped into the room, indicating that this fragrant herb may help to boost your memory. It isn’t just the scent that makes this herb perfect for a windowsill garden, but compounds in rosemary, like carnosic acid, have been shown to fight cancer cells. Try some fresh rosemary on top of a veggie-filled pizza for a great flavor combination.
  • Thyme – Thyme is quite visually appealing for a windowsill garden because it consists of tiny but plentiful flowers, and because this herb does not spread out much when planted, it is easily planted in smaller areas. The compounds found in thyme have long been used to treat respiratory problems and have antiseptic properties. Another reason that thyme is perfect for your windowsill herb garden is that it is a highly versatile herb and can be used in any recipe from soups to salmon to cocktails.
  • Basil – Basil is an incredible herb for a windowsill herb garden because it grows easily and requires little maintenance – just water it every other day. Basil has antioxidant properties and is a natural anti-inflammatory. This herb is also a powerful detoxifier, specifically for your liver, is a good source of fiber and can help promote feelings of calm. For the perfect summer meal, cut some tomato, fresh mozzarella and basil, then top with a light drizzle of olive oil.

A windowsill herb garden not only increases the flavor of your food, but it also provides health benefits for your body. If you need another reason to plant a windowsill herb garden, just looking at and being around greenery and nature can boost your mood and increase focus and productivity. Be sure to water your herbs and locate them near a window that receives plenty of sunlight throughout the day to maximize the health benefits of your windowsill herb garden.