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Get Happy With Herbs

Get happy with herbs

A recent visit to the National Herb Centre at nearby Banbury has inspired us to introduce some herbs to the Butterfly Loft.

Having fresh plants in a place adds quality to the air and ambience. They also come in handy for cooking if you’re so inclined (we provide some dried herbs and spices for guests who want to rustle up supper in the slow cooker).

According to the National Herb Centre: A herb is a useful plant, whether it’s an annual, biennial or perennial herbaceous plant, a shrub, tree, climber or succulent. Herbs are used as flavouring in cooking, curing meats, cooking oils, soft drinks, liqueurs, beers and teas. They are also used in cosmetics, medicines, insect repellents and cleaning products.

Here are five of our favourites.

Aloe Vera is most famous for the benefits it provides when applied topically. It is one of the oldest medicinal plants on record, used by Ancient Chinese and Egyptians to heal burns, wounds, and reduce fever. Queen Cleopatra was said to apply aloe to her skin daily as a beauty treatment. It also contains vitamins, enzymes, amino acids, and minerals that, when taken orally, promote nutrient absorption, good digestion, and a healthy immune system!

Most species of mint promote digestion and help soothe stomach discomfort. The aroma of the leaves activates salivary glands in our mouths as well as glands which secrete digestive enzymes which help to promote digestion.

Cinnamon can be used in both sweet and savoury recipes. It’s delicious on raw or baked fruit for a healthy dessert. Cinnamon is packed with antioxidant capacity. Even just a little cinnamon – around one teaspoon per day – can help you get a healthy boost. Antioxidants help slow the ageing process, reduce oxidative stress and rid the body of toxins.
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Sage is not only attractive as a garnish, it also adds a certain depth to meals. Sage can be used to boost cognition, so whether you choose to consume it or inhale the scent of it, you can expect a brain boost. It’s been known to increase memory recall and retention, so it may be a superfood for the mind.

Most leafy greens are fantastic for you, and parsley really fits the definition because it is a concentrated source of nutrition, antioxidants, and more. It is high in vitamin K, contains vitamin C, vitamin A, some folate (a B vitamin), and iron. It’s high in antioxidants which can reduce free radical damage and oxidative stress markers.

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