Cooking or fun?


Joined
Jun 8, 2016
Messages
10
Reaction score
1
Country
Portugal
I've been using my herbs for cooking for a long time, but I've seen some people planting it just to make their gardens look pretty. Personally i wouldn't get costumed to it , as i hate spending money on things that i can grow myself! What are your opinions on it?
 
Ad

Advertisements

Joined
Feb 13, 2016
Messages
47
Reaction score
11
Location
Kentucky
Hardiness Zone
6a
Country
United States
I prefer to use all the herbs I grow to cook with. They make other foods taste so much better! This also saves me money on having to buy seasonings as well.
 
Joined
Jan 30, 2015
Messages
1,530
Reaction score
490
Hardiness Zone
6b
Country
United States
So far I have peppermint, spearmint, chocolate mint, Thai basil, sweet basil, and green onion growing in containers. They are my favorite herbs and I use them in my salad and cooking. I love growing these herbs in the summer.
 
Joined
Jul 17, 2013
Messages
3,392
Reaction score
945
Some herbs like mint can be used to cook and also as a natural remedy, my dad always used mint when his stomach was upset. He just threw it in boiling water and drank it during the day. It's amazing, but most cooking herbs can be used in natural remedies as well or even to make homemade oils and soaps :)
 
Joined
Sep 20, 2012
Messages
5,377
Reaction score
1,814
Hardiness Zone
7a
Country
Poland
I don't know much about cooking, I've never been good at it. The main reason why I grow herbs is because they smell so lovely. I like just standing in my kitchen and smelling them, haha:D:love:
 

NatalieW

Certified Herbalist
Joined
Jun 1, 2016
Messages
110
Reaction score
58
Location
Illinois
Hardiness Zone
5A
Country
United States
I'm an herbalist... soooo.... my herb garden goes towards a lot of things ... I grow for food but also medicinals and beauty use since I make a lot of them into skin and hair care... for instance, rosemary gives hair a gorgeous shine and rosewater is balancing to oily skin.... comfrey heals wounds an yarrow stops bleeding.... I make tea blends and tinctures, poultices and compresses and an array of herbal perfumes ... when my kids have fevers, they get feverfew and Echinacea root during cold and flu season ... etc.... herbs are a must have
 
Ad

Advertisements

Joined
Jan 20, 2016
Messages
107
Reaction score
22
Location
Atlanta, Ga.
Hardiness Zone
7
Country
United States
I grow my herbs for cooking mainly, but I also love the beauty that they bring to the garden as well. I'm not a Certified Herbalist like, NatalieW, but I also use herbs for medicinal purposes too.
 
Joined
Sep 26, 2015
Messages
558
Reaction score
303
Hardiness Zone
9b
Country
Japan
Mine are absolutely for consumption rather than for aesthetic reasons! I do love it though when things can be both functional and beautiful - then that way I'm getting the best of both worlds!
 
Joined
May 26, 2016
Messages
83
Reaction score
10
Country
Portugal
That is something that confuses me to no end. They spend a lot of time selecting the herbs they want but then go to the store and buy dried herbs. I have an old friend of mine that used to do exactly that. I asked her why did she do that, and she just gave me a blank look and said she had never thought of using them. lol
Now that's all she uses. :)
 

Pat

Joined
Oct 12, 2012
Messages
1,878
Reaction score
565
Location
Maryland
Country
United States
I use my herbs to cook with and also for beauty and around the house to make my own cleaning supplies.
 
Joined
Mar 28, 2015
Messages
3,786
Reaction score
3,484
Location
Southern Chester County, PA, USA
Hardiness Zone
4 to 5 best for success.
Country
United States
Interesting @NatalieW that your a herbalist. Just been diagnosed with RA (not surprised) its a slow moving type. The medication my doctor wants me on had too many side effects, and after reading saw others have to start other medications to counter act the side effects, that is not acceptable to me. I am big on seeking out herbs and other items for illnesses. So, so far I am putting together some herbs for my RA, and they are Boswellia, Turmeric , but wondering about Thunder God Root, the later I might take at a small amount. Of course there is the fish oil and the Glucosamine and Hyaluroinic Acid and Vit. D3. Let me know what you think? thanks.
 
Ad

Advertisements

Joined
Jun 26, 2016
Messages
81
Reaction score
10
Country
United States
Having an herb garden has made such a huge difference in my life and it makes cooking so much more enjoyable that I am not sure I could go back to having it just be for fun anymore. It did start that way, though, but it soon changes once I realized the potential that we had in the plants and I figured why not. I am pretty sure that is the path that may people take, so I am hoping it is the right one.
 
Joined
Jan 12, 2016
Messages
160
Reaction score
36
Country
Nepal
When I get bored, I usually get evolved with cooking. My m9other says I am the best cook in the world and my wife is happy with my cooking skills.I like to try new recipes. I think I am good at cookin chicken dishes.
 
Joined
Jan 28, 2016
Messages
71
Reaction score
19
Hardiness Zone
13b
Country
Barbados
I do not have any herbs planted at the moment, but if I were to plant some herbs, I would be more interested in planting them for my own cooking uses than for decorating the garden. Some herbs do have some medicinal properties, although I am not familiar with the health benefits of all of them. I do know that rosemary is good for the brain and enhances the memory. Even inhaling the plant itself can be beneficial. I also know that ginger and mint are both good for stomach complaints. Turmeric is good for bone health among other things. So while these different herbs can look beautiful in one's garden, using them is much better than just admiring them, in my opinion. Then too, why buy these same items from the supermarket when we have them growing in our own backyard?
 
Joined
Feb 2, 2016
Messages
1,803
Reaction score
2,026
Location
Colima, Mexico
Hardiness Zone
USDA Zone 11
Country
Mexico
Plus, freshly harvested herbs are so much more flavorful and fragrant and potent than those purchased in most stores and can be harvested as needed. So you can have your herb plants and eat them too.:)
 
Joined
Jun 20, 2016
Messages
6
Reaction score
1
Location
Mexico
Country
Mexico
It all started because I love to put peppermint to my lemonade (and my mothers loves the tea. The mints were an obvious addition also for lemonade. (We make a lot of lemonade because we own a huge lemon tree which is 30 years old at least and two stories high) we got Hierba santa for cooking traditional dishes. Then I got the chamolile because that is my favorite tea. Basil was my mothers idea because it supposedly deters fruit flies (it kinda does). We already had a rosemary my father got so I decided to add thyme and marjoram for cooking. Oregano was the obvious next. Now lemon balm for tea (because my boyfriend claims it helps him sleep). And if I add more is because I love caring for them and I'm kind of a collector and I'm quite fond of them. But yes, now that we have them I love to use them all for cooking and for their fragrance and beauty (rosemary is constantly flowering and I let if because the tiny flowers are very pretty).
We use a lot of cilantro and parsley for cooking and I always hated to buy big bunches in the supermarket to use just a bit and the rest were wasted so we added them.
Wonder what should I add next.
 
Ad

Advertisements

NatalieW

Certified Herbalist
Joined
Jun 1, 2016
Messages
110
Reaction score
58
Location
Illinois
Hardiness Zone
5A
Country
United States
Interesting @NatalieW that your a herbalist. Just been diagnosed with RA (not surprised) its a slow moving type. The medication my doctor wants me on had too many side effects, and after reading saw others have to start other medications to counter act the side effects, that is not acceptable to me. I am big on seeking out herbs and other items for illnesses. So, so far I am putting together some herbs for my RA, and they are Boswellia, Turmeric , but wondering about Thunder God Root, the later I might take at a small amount. Of course there is the fish oil and the Glucosamine and Hyaluroinic Acid and Vit. D3. Let me know what you think? thanks.
Esther, if you take turmeric, make sure you're taking it properly or your body won't be able to fully absorb it.... it should be taken with a fat (oil) or black pepper if taken medicinally. ... how are you planning on using the Thunder God root? Generally, you can do up to 500 mg a day but it needs to be for a short period of time... about 3 weeks, then stop. ... you can also rub the extract into your skin where you need it. When I help people directly, I usually have them fill out forms so I know more about them and then I can offer safe advice. Feel free to send me a message.
 
Joined
Mar 28, 2015
Messages
3,786
Reaction score
3,484
Location
Southern Chester County, PA, USA
Hardiness Zone
4 to 5 best for success.
Country
United States
Yes. taking the turmeric medically. I am sure with the buttered toast in the morning that will take care of the fat. Or I can take it in the evening with some olive oil. Or the eggs i have in the morning with olive oil will do for the turmeric. Also the fish oil will help. I was planning to orally take the TGR in pill form, but its still a consideration. Started on Boswellia instead. I think there is too many side effects to Thunder God Root so I might send the bottle back, but jury is still out, still doing research. Thanks @NatalieW .
 
Ad

Advertisements

NatalieW

Certified Herbalist
Joined
Jun 1, 2016
Messages
110
Reaction score
58
Location
Illinois
Hardiness Zone
5A
Country
United States
Yes. taking the turmeric medically. I am sure with the buttered toast in the morning that will take care of the fat. Or I can take it in the evening with some olive oil. Or the eggs i have in the morning with olive oil will do for the turmeric. Also the fish oil will help. I was planning to orally take the TGR in pill form, but its still a consideration. Started on Boswellia instead. I think there is too many side effects to Thunder God Root so I might send the bottle back, but jury is still out, still doing research. Thanks @NatalieW .
you're welcome ... I agree on Thunder God Root, you would want it in small amounts if you did take it ... a lot of people see big improvements just using turmeric ...it's amazing.
 

Ask a Question

Want to reply to this thread or ask your own question?

You'll need to choose a username for the site, which only take a couple of moments. After that, you can post your question and our members will help you out.

Ask a Question

Top