Herbs & Veggies To Produce throughout the year
Last Update: September 5, 2018 at 12:07 pm
SOURCE: news for the soul
DATE: Sept 5, 2018
Herbs & Veggies To Produce throughout the year
by Dr Holly, heard @ noon pst on Wednesdays on News for the Soul Radio
As a Master Herbalist, I often talk of herbs and encourage people to grow and use their own herbs not only for culinary purposes but for medicinal purposes as well. But then with a PhD in Nutrition, I love to include the winter vegetables as well. So let’s take a look.
There are a number of herbs you can grow over the winter months:
- Garlic – over 350 nutrients and a broad selection of organosulfur compounds (33), amino acids (17), minerals (calcium, copper, germanium, iron, manganese, phosphorus, selenium, tellurium), trace minerals, fiber, Vitamins (C, B1, B6) as well as, the well-researched alliin which when crushed turns into allicin – one of the sulfur compounds. The most studied flavonoids in garlic include saquinavir and darunavir.
Medicinal uses: wow – there are so many; and dates back to the Egyptians, Babylonians, Greek, Romans and Chinese!! Don’t chop the garlic – smash it; don’t chew it – swallow it! The sulfur compounds have an effect throughout the body – the immune system (anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-inflammatory, increases your natural killer cells); cardiovascular system – reduces heart attacks and strokes, high blood pressure and helps to regulate LDL cholesterols but not the triglycerides or HDL; and reduces homocysteine build-up. Reducing dementias is attributed to the anti-oxidants. Garlic can even have an impact on the type 2 diabetic blood sugar levels. Because the sulfuric compounds help in producing glutathione, it contributes to all of the glutathione benefits. It is also anti-glycation and therefore reduces the number of AGEs – advanced glycation endproducts!
Plant garlic cloves about 5” apart with the pointed end up, (each clove will produce a new bulb of 5-10 cloves) in a spot not recently used for garlic or others in the onion family. Well drained soil with well-rotted manure in a sunny spot – if in cold climates, use your kitchen or hot house.
- Onions – great source of Vitamin C, dietary fiber and even Vitamin B9 aka folic acid. They also contain calcium, iron and amino acids (glutathione – you know how I love that one – but it is actually made up of 3 amino acids) other amino acids include: aspartic acid, acid, serine, canavanine, asparagine, glycine, arginine, lysine, glutamic cysteine, cystine, threonine, tyrosine, methioninesulfoxide, alanine, methyl cysteine,
tryptophan, methionine, valine, phenylalanine; and an important flavonoid – the powerful anti-oxidant quercetin which also helps to prevent plaque buildup, as well as, the sulfuric compounds like garlic.
Medicinal uses: anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory; reduce issues like heart disease (lowers blood pressure; the sulfur compounds are blood thinners; and reduces risk for heart attacks and strokes), cancer, obesity; the flavonoids are helpful in reducing risk of Parkinson’s, cardiovascular disease and stroke, cancer, bladder infections. The phytochemicals like the disulfides and trisulfides are anti-cancer and anti-microbial. Quercetin also helps to relax muscles in the airways and is therefore helpful for asthma symptoms and blocks the mast cell receptors, so mast cells don’t release histamine – which causes so many of the allergy symptoms. All the amino acids are hugely important in providing the body with the protein building blocks and are therefore helpful in a huge number of ways.
Simply cut off the root end of the onion; plant in a sunny location; cover with top soil. Again, in a sunny window, in your kitchen or hothouse.
- Parsley – good sources of Vitamins like A, C, B1, B3, B9 and K; minerals like calcium, copper, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus and zinc; and flavonoids like apigenin, luteolin, quercetin, kaempferol; anti-oxidants like Vitamin C and beta carotene. The flavonoids like myricetin helps to prevent issues like skin cancer.
Medicinal uses: used for gut issues, carminative, for flatulence and cholic pain; diuretic for kidney issues; anti-inflammatory and used for arthritis; blocks the carcinogenic compounds that occur when barbecuing meats; apigenin has also been shown to decrease aggressive tumors in breast cancer and has also been shown to lower blood sugar levels in diabetics and reverse insulin resistance; and it also helps to remove excess fats from the blood
Parsley is quite social, it will grow with other herbs in a lightly moist soil. But it is a slow starter so be patient.
- Rosemary – good sources of Vitamins A, B6 & C; minerals calcium and iron; and fiber
Medicinal uses: anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory; good for the brain – memory, concentration, protection against aging and toxins – thanks to carnosic acid; protects eyes from macular degeneration; helps boost immune and circulatory systems and promotes hair growth and is good for the digestive tract
Part of the mint family, along with oregano, thyme, basil and lavender. Need lots of room to grow, both width and depth and well drained more acidic soil. Can grow as high as 4 ft. some can grow in temperatures around and below freezing – but better to keep inside over winter if it gets any colder. Place in a southern window – it likes the sun.
- Thyme – over 300 varieties so the nutritional profile can change; for cooking the most common varieties are the Garden thyme and lemon thyme; but in terms of nutritional value – Vitamins A, C, B2, B6, B9, Minerals calcium, copper, iron, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, and fiber. The flavonoids in thyme (apigenin, naringenin, luteolin, and thymonin) increase the anti-oxidant capacity. The thymol compound in the volatile oil of thyme increases healthy fats in the cell membranes and other cell structures; and the omega 3s in the brain, kidney and heart cell membranes and has a greater impact when introduced earlier in life. The volatile oil is also anti-microbial: bacteria and fungi.
Medicinal uses – great for the gut: diarrhea, stomach ache, flatulence; but also good for the respiratory system: sore throat and cough, whooping cough, bronchitis, as well as arthritis and a diuretic
Another hardy perennial. Better to plant thyme from a cutting, a 3” cutting from the tip of the stem in a sandy soil and roots will emerge in about 6 weeks – then transfer to a small pot – harder to grow from seeds. Needs little water. Can plant with rosemary or if in a garden along-side strawberries, cabbages, tomatoes and broccoli. Again, if colder, put in your kitchen window – especially if facing south.
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