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Super Foods and Healing Herbs – The Key Ingredients for a “Wellness Garden”

herb gardenYou’ve probably heard it a million times: “You are what you eat!”

Do you believe it? Even if you have your doubts, it’s reasonable to agree that eating a healthy diet is one of the most certain methods of guaranteeing good health and well-being. The easiest way to ensure that you consume the healthiest and freshest foods possible is simple: grow them yourself!

A wellness garden is commonly referred to as a “medicinal garden.” It generally consists of a combination of fundamental plants/herbs that have been known to contain healthy medicinal qualities/properties. Before the advent of modern medicine, humans used super foods and healing herbs to ward off diseases and illnesses. Modern medicine has caused some people to discount the value of super foods and healing herbs, but there is absolutely no denying that certain foods can be truly beneficial to a person’s health!

Following is the Green Cycler’s list of favorite Super Foods and Healing Herbs:

Super Foods

  • Garlic – Garlic is known to reduce the risk of developing cancer of the prostate, stomach, colon, and breast. Garlic is also high in Vitamin A, Vitamin B, Vitamin C, Calcium, and Zinc.
  • Kale – Kale has been dubbed “The Queen of Greens” for a reason. It’s high in iron, fiber, antioxidants, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K and calcium. Kale is also low in calories and has no fat.
  • Onions – Onions are a very good source of Vitamin C, Vitamin B, biotin, chromium, calcium and dietary fiber. In addition, they contain good amounts of folic acid, and Vitamin K.
  • Sweet Potatoes – Sweet potatoes are high in Vitamin B, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Iron, and magnesium.
  • Tomatoes – Tomatoes are high in Vitamin C., Vitamin B magnesium, phosphorus, thiamin, niacin, folate and potassium.  Tomatoes are also low in calories and fat free.

Other Green Cycler favorite super foods: beets, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, mustard greens, potatoes, spinach, summer squash, Swiss chard, turnip greens, winter squash, yams.

Healing Herbs

  • Aloe – Aloe is known to speed the recovery from injuries such as scars, burns, and cuts. It also has anti-inflammatory properties, it can help boost the immune system, and it can assist the digestive system.
  • Echinacea – Echinacea is used by many people to stimulate their immune systems, to prevent infections, and to speed the recovery process of a number of common illnesses.
  • Lavender – Lavender contains an essential oil that has the ability to remove nervous tension, relieve pain, disinfect the scalp and skin, enhance blood circulation, and treat respiratory problems.
  • Lemon Balm – Lemon balm contains an essential oil that is known for its aromatic therapy qualities. It elicits an uplifting and calming effect in humans. It’s commonly used in skincare therapies and also as an anti-inflammatory.
  • Mint – Mint is commonly used to treat stomach aches, chest pains, skin irritations, burns, respiratory infections, and sinus problems.
  • Oregano – Oregano is high in Vitamin K, it contains anti-bacterial properties, it’s an antioxidant, it’s high in high in iron and manganese, and it contains a high level of fiber.

Other Green Cycler favorite healing herbs: arrowroot, basil, catnip, chamomile, chives, coriander/cilantro, dill, fennel, ginger, jasmine, parsley, sage, St. John’s wort, rosemary, thyme, and wheat grass.

What are YOU Growing in Your Garden?

Do you have a favorite super food or healing herb growing in your garden? The Green Cycler would like to hear from you! E-mail us at info@thegreencycler.com and we will add your ideas to our list.

 

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