Herb Garden: Culinary and Medicinal Properties



A herb garden is a very particular type of garden in the sense that the herbs grown in it can fulfill a purely aesthetic purpose like most gardens do, but they can also be useful for their culinary and medicinal properties. Herbs are quite sturdy and do not require too much care, being able to thrive in many types of soil. However, you can procure the best type of soil to achieve the most favorable conditions for your herb garden. Suitable garden soil is composed of 50% solids (organic and inorganic matter) and 50% porous space (to provide room for water, air and roots).

Culinary herbs include annual species like basil, dill, and summer savory; and perennial herbs such as mint, rosemary, thyme and tarragon. Basil is added at the last minute to freshly cooked recipes since cooking can nullify its flavor; dill is used in gravlax, borscht and other soups, and pickles; summer savory is used with turkey, goose and duck. Mint is employed in Middle Eastern, British and American cuisine while rosemary is common in Mediterranean cuisine; thyme is frequently used to flavor meats, soups and stews; tarragon is suitable for chicken, lasagna, fish and egg dishes.

Some of these herbs also have medicinal uses. In fact, herbs are thought to treat many conditions that prescription drugs also treat; these drugs are usually sold at many of the drugstores that sites like Pharmacy Wiki review on a regular basis. For instance, tarragon lowers platelet adhesion and blood coagulation; thyme is an antiseptic; rosemary has been long believed to improve memory and may be potentially useful for Alzheimer's disease and Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis; mint is often used as a tea to relieve stomach pain. Herbs can be used for potpourri and aromatherapy as well, including lavender, lemon and verbena.

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