In addition to having medicinal properties, herbs can be rich in nutrients. The following herbs are excellent sources of vitamins and minerals. They can quickly be grown or foraged, and most are inexpensive additions to a more healthful diet. In this age of “superfoods,” we can find many right in our own herb gardens and at a fraction of the cost of the latest trend.
Get creative and add herbs to your family’s foods. Juice them with fruits and vegetables. Eat them raw or in an extract, an infusion, or a decoction. Add a teaspoonful to a tablespoonful to kids’ foods and drinks for a boost of nutrition.
Vitamin A: Alfalfa, dandelion, garlic
Prepare an alfalfa-rich infusion. Add dandelion or garlic to salads, sauces, and soups.
Vitamin C: Alfalfa, dandelion, garlic, papaya, rose hips, horseradish, yellow dock
Use alfalfa as an infusion, added to salad dressings, smoothies, and soups. Add garlic and horseradish to salads, soups, and spreads. Use the papaya and rose hips in sorbets and smoothies. (Note: Horseradish should not be given to children four years of age and younger.)
Vitamin E: Alfalfa, dandelion, dong quai (Angelica sinensis), red raspberry, rose hips, watercress
Add rosehips and raspberries to salads, salad dressings, and smoothies.
Use dandelion and watercress in salads, sandwiches, and soups.
Calcium: Alfalfa, blue cohosh (Caulophyllum thalictroides), chamomile, chlorophyll, dandelion, Irish moss (Sagina subulata), rose hips, yarrow, and yellow dock.
Iron: Alfalfa, burdock, blue cohosh, chlorophyll, dandelion, mullein, and parsley.
Use dandelion greens in salads and smoothies. Add a handful of parsley to just about anything.
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