Many different things may come to mind when you hear the word ‘green’. St. Patrick’s Day and four leaf clovers, money, your favorite sweater or that bright green muscle car you saw the other day. Well, here at Mariposa Farms, we think of herbs of course! Herbs aren’t just plants to cook with. Not only to herbs add flavor and color to your dishes, they add health benefits also. The more we learn about herbs and their benefits, it’s understandable why they have been used for medicinal purposes for many, many years. Take a look!

Rosemary – A good source for Vitamins A and C which are known for their antioxidant properties. Rosemary is also rich in potassium, calcium, iron, manganese, copper and magnesium. The anti-inflammatory effects in rosemary can also help to ease allergy symptoms such as nasal congestion.

Basil – Studies continue on the possible benefits of basil. It has anti-aging properties and is known to reduce inflammation, helpful for ailments such as arthritis. Basil also has also been shown to restrict the growth of many types of bacteria.

Mint – An excellent source of minerals such as potassium, calcium, iron, manganese and magnesium. It also contains vitamins A, B-carotene, C, E, K and B complex vitamins. Mint has long been used to calm digestive trouble and relieve nausea.

Dill – Also rich in vitamins A, B-carotene and C, dill also contains compounds that are disease preventing agents. It also contains iron, calcium and manganese. Like mint, dill is also used to settle upset stomachs.

Chives – Containing a high amount of dietary fiber and antioxidants, chives could aid in the reduction of cholesterol production. Blood pressure may also be lowered lessening the risk of other coronary diseases. Chives are one of the best sources for vitamin K, which promotes bone health.

Oregano – Found to have antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. Oregano also helps to control cholesterol levels and can aid in digestion. It is a great source of minerals such as potassium, calcium and iron helping to prevent anemia and aiding in bone metabolism.

These are only a few of the herbs available that have health benefits, and these are only a few of the benefits of each of these herbs. So, when you think about skipping over the herbs in your recipes, remember you aren’t just losing flavor, you might be giving up some other benefits!