Seeing your grandma drinking tea on daily basis may seem like a total waste of her precious time, but let me inform you why is your grandma right again! Aromatic herbs are fruits and vegetables that are usually used as spices, but we can also consume them as a tea. Most famous aromatic herbs are Lamiaceae and they are used because of their specific ingredients. Rosemary, lavender, oregano, thyme, basil, sage and camomille are one of the most frequent aromatic herbs used in a kitchen. You can consider growing them by yourself. In that way, you are ensured of endless supply with these healthy plants!
Parts of these plants such as a flower or leaf can be used dehydrated or fresh. Most benefits of consuming them are well known for centuries and usually take an important place in traditional medicine. Dehydrated leaves or flowers are often consumed as a tea, but they can be also used for making a macerate, tincture or a traditional brandy. Brandy made from aromatic herbs is a special souvenir in Mediterranean countries. Macerate is a potion made from plants material and some fluid, usually an 80% ethanol. Furthermore, plants material and ethanol need to be in a dark bottle for few weeks to ensure extractions of ingredients in a fluid. A tincture is a macerate made from plants material and a percent of water and ethanol approximately 40/60%. Macerate and tinctures can be consumed orally, but using them as a compression for wounds is showing a large percentage of positive interactions with human organism.
Aromatic herbs are a good source of vitamins and minerals, they are known for having an excellent antiseptic, antibacterial and antioxidant properties. A large amount of calcium is found in rosemary and sage is rich in vitamin A. Use thyme, lavender and parsley as a spice to enrich your body with antioxidants in order to prevent you from different diseases.
Here you can see the list of aromatic herbs people find the most useful:
- Basil (Ocimum basilicum)
- Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)
- Thyme (Thymus Vulgaris L.)
- Mint (Mentha x piperita L.)
- Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia Mill)
- Chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla)