Herbs in the News

Herb gardens could be the key to tackling obesity

A recent report in the Daily Telegraph recommends that parents should start a herb garden if they want their children to eat healthily and avoid being overweight. According to TV presenter, journalist and mother of four, Sarah Beeney, parents should start a family garden to foster a connection between children and food. According to Sarah, families can begin gardening on a small scale with herbs that can grow on the windowsill. She reasons that when children are involved in the process of planting, watering, harvesting, and preparing food with the herbs they grow, they feel more connected to their meals.

Fresh parsley makes an ideal detox remedy

Fresh parsley has seen an increase in demand since the New Year thanks to the herb’s natural diuretic properties that help flush toxins  – an ideal antidote to any festive excesses.  The web is full of recipes and tips on how best to enjoy fresh parsley, we’re fans of the brewed tea recipe.

Herbs work wonders for Halloween

Did you know that dill is used to ward off witchcraft? Basil is recommended for summoning scorpions or that coriander is used to aid fertility?

Rosemary Oil May Lead To A Better Memory

Sniffing rosemary oil makes people more likely to remember to do things, researchers found. In the study by psychologists at Northumbria University, Newcastle, and reported by the Daily Mail, people in a room scented with rosemary were 60 to 75 per cent better at remembering to carry out future tasks than those in an unscented room. Other studies have shown the essential oil helps alertness and long term memory.

Oregano Helps To Keep Chickens Healthy

Farmers are starting to use oregano oil over antibiotics to help keep their poultry and livestock disease free, reports naturalnews.com. Oregano oil’s main active ingredient is Carvacrol which has been linked to a positive treatment for prostate cancer, amongst displaying antiviral, anti-parasitic, antioxidant and anti-fungal properties.

Spicy Sauce Too Hot To Eat

Chef Arif Ali had to be rushed to hospital after suffering a severe reaction to a super spicy dish he had created and was tasting. The sauce for his flaming hot chicken wings contained Naga Jolokia chillies, which measure 250,000 on the Scoville scale of chilli strength, and should only be handled with gloves. The manager of Jimmy’s restaurant in London’s O2 arena, where Mr Ali worked, said that they had decided not to include the item on the menu.
Daily Mail, 18 November 2012

Vitamin Maths

A third of a cucumber, three sprigs of parsley and one carrot all add up to your recommended daily allowance of vitamin K. Vitamin K is vital for the normal clotting of blood – low levels can mean you’ll bleed too much from a wound or cut. The nutrient is also involved in building bones. Good levels may mean post-menopausal women are less likely to suffer a fracture of the hip. Other sources of vitamin K include salad and green leafy vegetables. Daily Mail, 17 October 2012

Chilli Ice Cream, It’s Really Cool

There was a time when we were content with a Strawberry Mivvi or a 99 to take the heat out of a summer’s day. British tastes in ice cream, however, have moved on. Thanks to the demands of consumers looking for something a little more exotic on the top of their cone, there has been a boom in specialist ice cream suppliers. Among flavours now available in the shops – and possibly in the back of Mr Whippy‟s van – are the likes of chilli, chocolate porridge, Red Bull and Christmas pudding. Daily Mail, 28 August 2012

Italian Diet ‘Protects Bones’

Swapping to a Mediterranean diet rich in olive oil and herbs for just two years could help protect your bones in later life, claim researchers. Even over such a short timespan, eating like the Spanish and Italians – who use olive oil and herbs rather than less healthy fats and seasonings may preserve or even build bones in older people.
Daily Mail, 17 August 2012

It’s The Red Hot Chilli Slimmers

Chillies could cure Britain’s obesity epidemic because they are potent fat-fighters. Research has found that the hot fruit battles the bulge in three ways. They burn fat, suppress hunger pangs – and boost overall calorie- burning rates. The Sun, 8 July 2012

Eating Pizza Herb ‘Could Cure Cancer’

Eating pizza topped with oregano could help treat prostate cancer – the killer of 10,000 men each year. Experts found a compound in the herb, also found in pasta sauces, causes cancer cells to “commit suicide”. It could prove an alternative to current treatments which can have side effects. Daily Mirror, 9 May 2012