Six surprising health benefits of fresh herbs

Discover the healing flavour of these six fresh herbs and find out the best ways to incorporate them into your meals every day.


1. Basil 
Benefit: Relieves pain
The oils contain a compound called eugenol, which may mimic anti-inflammatories like ibuprofen.


2. Dill
Benefit: Cures hiccups
Research shows that drinking tea made from dill seed may help rid you of those pesky spasms!


3. Mint
Benefit: Soothes stomach aches
Helps beat the bloat, conquer cramps and fight all the other unmentionables associated with indigestion and irritable bowel.


4. Oregano
Benefit: Maintains immunity
This herb has powerful antioxidant and antibacterial properties, which can help fight disease and infection.


5. Parsley
Benefit: Strengthens your heart
A great source of folic acid, it helps reduce a naturally occurring amino acid in the body called homocysteine — high levels can damage blood vessels and increase heart attack.


6. Rosemary
Benefit: Boosts vision
New research links carnosic acid, a component of rosemary, with protection against retina damage and improved eye health.

Storage tip: Stand herbs upright in a jar or juice glass half-filled with water. Cover loosely with a plastic bag (the ones in the produce department work perfectly) and keep in the fridge.

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