Sustainable Landscaping Roscoe, IL Tips: 5 Medicinal and Edible Herbs You Need to Have in the Garden

January 20, 2016
Green Acres Lawn Care & Landscape

Not so long ago, we talked about sustainable gardening and landscaping, emphasizing on the concept of functionality. Growing your own vegetables, fruits, and edible plants is certainly not a new idea, but is an increasingly popular one. Modern homeowners found a place in their chic and lush decorative landscapes even for small veggie gardens. Some made a step forward and started to grow scented herbs for the kitchen or medicinal herbs for home remedies. Lawn care Roscoe, IL specialists have a few tips on how to grow truly sustainable gardens, focusing on five herbs which play a double role: they have medicinal properties AND make awesome spices in the kitchen.

1. Thyme

We all use thyme to enhance the taste and flavors of different dishes. Usually, we buy it in the dry leaves variety, but nothing compares to freshly-picked thyme to really boost taste and aroma. In herbal medicine, thyme is an antiseptic, used to alleviate throat infections and help combat laryngitis, tonsillitis and mouth sores. Thyme is perennial and resistant to heat and frost, so it will make a great garden companion all year long to alleviate respiratory tract infections, cough, bronchitis or asthma.

2. Rosemary

The culinary uses of rosemary are plenty and very well known. This woody shrub makes a great ally to your brain and cognitive functions. Besides using the leaves to enhance the taste of your dishes, drink rosemary tea to improve memory functions, fight against brain and cognitive degeneration, boost neuro-regeneration and combat brain aging. Recent studies show promising results of the use of rosemary oil in the fight of cancer and Alzheimer’s, lawn care Belvidere, OH specialists announce.

3. Sage

The most common type of sage is Salvia Officinalis. It has been known for ages (and across different cultures) as an incredibly scented herb with healing properties and culinary benefits. As an herbal remedy, sage is used to relieve menstrual pain and reduce the PMS symptoms. It is also used in depressed patients as a neuroprotective substance and it was associated with health benefits in people with dementia or Alzheimer’s.

4. Lavender

As herbal remedy, lavender has plenty of uses: aromatherapy for relaxation and depression reliever, sleep inducer, antiseptic, antibacterial, wound healing accelerator, acne cleaner, headache pain reliever and so on. It can be used as an essential oil, a tea or concoct for skin injuries. In the kitchen, lavender gains more and more popularity as a fragrant herb to spice up cakes and homemade desserts.

5. Peppermint

Some say that this is perhaps the oldest used healing plant in the world, as it is found in many cultures across all human history. Menthol is used in a wide variety of treatments (relieves headaches, reduces nausea caused by motion sickness, cools itching skin, relieves skin inflammations, allergies, and irritations, relieves muscle cramps). In the culinary arts, peppermint is used in a wide variety of salads, dressings, sauces and exotic dishes as well.

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