5 herbs you can probably find in your kitchen that are chock full of healing benefits.

Hello Turkeys! It’s November and that means you’re probably starting to think about all things food for Thanksgiving. While your mind is on all the herbs and spices you’ll use, we thought you might want to know a few things about them. Herbs have tons of hidden talents so here are five of our favorites!

  1. Parsley- Parsley doesn’t just help make amazing dishes, it’s also filled with important benefits. Parsley is a good source of Vitamin C, which is known to help boost your immune system. It also contains an oil called eugenol, which is an anti-inflammatory, so it can help reduce swelling. Not only all that, but Parsley also helps with bad breath and flatulence. So next time you’re feeling a little bloated and your breath has gone sour from coffee, chew on a bit of parsley!

  2. Rosemary- One of my personal favorites, rosemary’s aroma is known to improve concentration and mood. When ingested it also helps with indigestion and sweetens your breath too! This herb contains carnosic acid, which fights damage caused by free radicals in your brain. This means that rosemary will help your memory and preserve your brain’s functions over time. It is truly sup-herb (get it?).

  3. Sage-This super plant is useful beyond cleansing a home. This little plant can relieve you of all kinds of symptoms including: mouth, throat, and nasal inflammation, digestive issues, and hot flashes. If applied directly onto the skin, sage can also help to heal cold sores and gingivitis. When eaten it also helps reduce high cholesterol and boosts your memory function!

  4. Thyme- This delicious little herb is an antiseptic, meaning is will help cure things like coughs, congestion, indigestion, and gas. It’s also a great source of Vitamins A and C, so it will boost that immune system as well as help kill any virus’s that may make their way in. But one of the coolest benefits of thyme is that it can be used as a bug repellent! Bugs don’t like the essential oil inside the herb, so by rubbing it between your fingers you release that oil which can help keep mosquitoes at bay. I think it’s thyme for you to pick up some of this herb!

  5. Lemon Balm- This fresh smelling herb is a jack of all trades. It’s a lemon scented plant closely related to mint. And believe it or not, this guys can help relieve anxiety, insomnia, wounds, herpes, bug bites, flatulence, stomach aches, and cold sores! It really does it all, while also making your kitchen smell like bright citrus. 

So get cooking! And think about keeping some of these special herbs in your kitchen year round.