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5 Essential Outdoor Herbs for Any Household

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Ever wonder how you can start your own garden? Whether you want to balance your home’s modern feel with a green touch, or desire to go natural with your foods, drinks, and medicine, gardening might be perfect for you. Here are five great outdoor herbs that you can grow in the comfort of your own yard.

  1. Oregano

Oregano or Origanum vulgare has been used in medicine and cooking for centuries. It’s one of the hardiest herbs around. Its cuttings can last for weeks in a vase with little signs of wilting. Oregano is mostly used for vegetables, fish, lamb, mutton, and a variety of sauces for many cuisines for its unique earthy aroma and sharp warm bitter taste. Additionally, Oregano is known to cure the common cold, staph infections, respiratory tract and gastrointestinal disorders. It contains iron, manganese, vitamins A, C, E, and K, folate, calcium, omega fatty acids, and a ton of antioxidants and fiber.

  1. Rosemary

Rosemary or Rosmarinus officinalis is a perennial herb that has woody branches and needle-like leaves. It’s popular in the culinary arena as the primary ingredient for Italian seasoning, roast chicken and vegetables. On the flip side, it’s used to treat baldness, toothache, eczema, and arthritis among others. It also contains a good dose of vitamins and minerals such as Vitamin A, B-6, and C, calcium, iron and magnesium.

  1. Basil

Basil or Oscimum basilicum is an herb native to many tropical countries in Asia. It has many varieties, but it is mainly used for pesto sauce in Italian cuisine and as a vegetable rather than an herb in Vietnamese and Thai cuisine. It contains high amounts of Vitamin K and manganese, as well as vitamin A, C and calcium. To top it off, it has anti-bacterial properties and antioxidants, which can fight off antibiotics resistant bacteria strains and cancer-causing free radicals.

  1. Pepper Mint

Peppermint or Mentha piperita is a hybrid variety of mint that was crossed between a watermint and spearmint. Although it is used mainly for flavoring gum, candy and other sweets, it’s also widely used in kitchens around the world to create and accent drinks, give a refreshing kick to lamb and poultry. To add, peppermint’s medicinal properties are close to that of its cousins but it is more noted for its calming gastrointestinal problems.

  1. Thyme

Thyme or Thymus vulgaris is a flowering herb in the mint family, popular as a spice in many pasta sauce recipes. It’s also good for dishes with chicken, fish, eggs and vegetables due to its sweet and spicy taste and unique aroma. Traditionally, this herb was used to cure cough and bronchitis, as well as serve as an antiseptic for mouthwashes and wounds. Moreover, it’s a great source of vitamins C, A, iron, manganese, and fiber.

With all the benefits this family of plants offer, why not consider planting these herbs in your garden whether it’s just a few pots in your flat’s balcony or in your backyard? It will cost you next to nothing to produce, plus you get spices and supplements for free.

Hats off to Steve Scott for this great guest post! You can find out more about Steve Scott and his mission to help Americans build great backyard theaters.

Herbs, Hormonal and Balance…Oh My!

supplements from HerbsFor most natural adventurers, we focus on the obvious…mind, body and spirit.  But for this post, I want to dig a little deeper into an area that really effects all three: hormones.

Hormones are the natural balance of a body.  Chemicals naturally introduced into our body affects our mind, emotion, spirit and overall being.  It can be a driving factor towards the way you carry your day and how your body acts.

Types of Hormones

I’m sure you’ve heard people talk about estrogen and testosterone right?

Well it turns out there are a LOT more than that and the subtle change in one can cause a dramatic change in your overall health.  I learned this the hard way!

Hormonal Imbalance

Back when I was trying to pull myself out of my weight problems and kick start my herbal endeavor, I kept getting stuck.  I kept feeling off.  Some days, I wouldn’t want to workout or hit the play button on my workout video.  It felt like something was missing.

Well it turns out that you can re-balance your hormones the natural way!

I came across a book called “The Natural Path to Hormonal Wellness” and found a couple of great remedies.  It turns out that you can re-balance using hrbs and it was totally in-line with what I was trying to accomplish.

This book cover:

  • 15 Different herbal remedies
  • Where the hormonal re-balancing herbs come from – something I am generally interested in…the source
  • Their chemistry and why they work
  • How to effectively use them
  • And more

Shilajit Slamayurveda

Another great source in my initial conquest to re-balance my hormones and get back on track with my weight loss was from Dr. Edward Group of GlobalHealingCenter.com.  Particularly useful was his specific discussion on the 10 Best Herbs for Female Hormone Balance.

Now as many of you know, I am not a female.  But in this case, there were a couple that really applied to me and truly worked to help get me back on path.

My personal favorite was the Shilajit herb.  A tradition Chinese and Indian herb, this is concocted (seeped and mashed) to create a physical energy tonic – side affect, also increases sexual drive.  Found in the Himalayas, this compound is chalk full of nutrients, antioxidants and even amino acids.

It single handedly kick-started my metabolism by jump-starting my ATP production – layman’s terms, it sent more energy to my cells to respond to my workout demand.  I felt full of life and did it naturally.

Final Thoughts

Hormonal imbalance can be the catalyst that breaks your will and stops you from progress. I had all the right conditions in place to help me lose weight, but for the life of me couldn’t figure out why I couldn’t move forward.  I was suffering.

Until I realized that it wasn’t a mental thing but a lack of the right hormones in my body, I was stuck.  Hey football fans, want to know why NFL players can’t take hormonal inhibitors…yup, too much of a competitive advantage.

So, check out the two resources above and start getting your hormones to respond the right way.  Start getting your life together both physically, emotionally and chemically.   Because whether or not you believe it, those three things are all tied together and together, they “Herbs, hormones and balance” can be the driving mechanism to take you to the next level.