Maybe you’re smarter than I am, but I didn’t use to understand the health benefits of common herbs.
I always knew they made food taste better, but how exciting to find out that they are good for us too!
What’s Included In This Post
The subject is definitely too big for one blog post, but let’s see if we can’t scratch the surface a bit and explore the benefits of cilantro, parsley, rosemary, mint tea and sage.
And of course, as I already mentioned, I’m going to include a recipe or two…
Also, a bit of information about storage…
- How to store Cilantro
- And how to store Parsley
- As well as how to store Mint
- And how to store Sage
- Lastly, how to store Rosemary
And also some neat information on how to dry herbs.
Let’s get started…
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Some of The Health Benefits of Some Common Herbs
- Heart health.
- Regulating blood sugar.
- Fighting off food poisoning when eaten with a meal.
- Reducing inflammation.
- Promoting eye health.
- Reduce the risk of cancer.
- Strengthen the immune system.
- Fight inflammation.
- Balance blood sugar.
- Protect blood vessels.
- Soothe an upset stomach.
- Combat bad breath.
- Reduce fever.
- Relieve nausea.
- Reduce stress.
- Strengthen weak bones.
- Delay Alzheimer’s disease.
- Improve sleep.
- Combat inflammation.
- Improve cognitive ability.
- Boost your immune system.
- Improve digestion
- Maintain memory and concentration.
- Improve cognitive ability.
- Promote eye health.
You can see that these herbs offer you and your family a wealth of nutrition and it’s well worth finding ways to include them in your real food diet.
It’s also well worth your time learning how to store them properly once you bring them home from the grocery store.
After all, you are paying good money for them.
Not much is worse than finding a bag of wilted, past their prime herbs in the bottom of your produce drawer.
How To Store Fresh Cilantro
- Fill a mason jar with water.
- Place the stems (and not the leaves) of the cilantro in the water.
- Cover with a plastic bag.
- Store in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
- In order to get the most life, change the water every couple of days.
How To Store Fresh Parsley
- Wash and dry* the parsley.
- Wrap in a couple of layers of paper towels.
- Put into a plastic bag and store in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
How To Store Fresh Mint
- Wash and dry* the mint leaves.
- Place in a single layer on a paper towel.
- Roll up the paper towel and place in a plastic bag.
- Store in the refrigerator for up to 10 days.
How To Store Fresh Sage
- Wash and dry* the sage.
- Wrap the leaves in a paper towel and place in a plastic bag.
- Store in the refrigerator for up to 4 or 5 days.
How To Store Fresh Rosemary
- Wash and dry* the rosemary and wrap it in a paper towel.
- Place in a plastic bag.
- Store in the refrigerator for 1-2 weeks.
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*A salad spinner is a great tool for washing and drying herbs.
If you grow your own herbs there is no need to store them. Simply go out to your yard and cut what you need from your herb plant when you need it.
Right now we are growing Rosemary. We love being able to grow our own herbs!
How to Dry Herbs
Now even with the best intentions and careful attention to the details of storing your fresh herbs you sometimes might have to take an extra step to ensure that none are wasted.
If you notice that your fresh herbs are starting to look a bit dreary and you have no way to use them right away, the best thing to do is to dry them in a dehydrator.
Do this and they will last for a long time and you will save the cost of buying them already dried.
It’s totally worth your time to learn how to dry basil, sage, mint, parsley, cilantro and finally how to dry rosemary.
This is a great dehydrator to use for drying your herbs.
It’s very affordable and it works really well.
Just lay your washed herbs single file on the sheets, set for low, and dry until dried. The length of time depends on the type of herb you are drying. Just keep an eye on them.
Now I know I promised you some recipes and I have not forgotten.
Cilantro Lime Rice
Makes 4-6 servings.
- 1 cup dry rice
- 6 cups of water
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- ½ medium onion, diced
- 1-2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1 cup canned coconut milk
- 1 cup water
- ½ cup cilantro, chopped
- 1 lime, juiced
- The night before you plan to serve it, soak the rice in 6 cups of water*.
- Strain and rinse the rice.
- Salt and pepper and saute the onion in the coconut oil in a medium saucepan until soft, about 4-5 minutes.
- Add the garlic and cook for an additional minute.
- Add the coconut milk and the water and bring to a boil. Turn down to a low simmer and cook, covered, until the rice has soaked up the liquid, about 10 minutes.
- Stir in the cilantro and the lime juice.
- Taste and adjust the seasoning to your liking.
*There are 2 reasons why I always soak my rice.
- All rice has arsenic in it, even if it’s organic. That is because there is arsenic in the soil.
- Soaked rice cooks almost as quickly as instant rice. Soaking gives the convenience of instant with the nutrition of whole grain.
Rosemary Lamb Patties
Makes 2-4 servings.
- 1 lb ground lamb
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1/2 medium onion chopped
- 1-2 cloves garlic
- 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
- Cook the chopped, salted, and peppered onions in the olive oil until soft, about 4-5 minutes.
- Add the garlic and rosemary and cook for an additional minute.
- Add the cooked onion, garlic and rosemary to the meat and mix well.
- Salt and pepper to taste.
- Form the meat into 4 equal sized patties.
- Cook in a grill pan or on the outdoor grill until desired doneness.
Now that you can see how it’s worth it to use fresh herbs in your cooking, I’m sure you’ll want to learn as much as you can about them.
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And guess what?
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- How they help us.
- And how to grow them.
- Even how to use them.
And that’s not all!
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- A class all about making herbal teas.
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And that’s not all either…
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This post was filled with some great, helpful information about
- The health benefits of herbs
- And how to store herbs
- As well as how to dry herbs
- We also gave you two great recipes using herbs, one for rice and another for lamb patties
- And a great resource for learning even more about using herbs
Please let us know what your favorite herbs are. If they were not included in this post feel free to share how to best store those herbs and what kinds of recipes you use them in.
The health benefits of herbs, combined with the amazing flavors they add to your favorite recipes, make them worth using whenever you cook.
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