Enhancing Smoothies with Garden Herbs


herb smoothies in glassesThere are endless combinations of produce, grains, and nuts for creating smoothies for taste and for more purposeful uses; commonly touted smoothies are designed to detox, build the immune system, shed weight, clear skin and so forth.

If you’ve ever wondered whether rosemary, basil and other common garden herbs can do more than season savory dishes, can enhance your smoothie, the answer is yes.

As Greenblender, a smoothie subscription site shows, herbs can add more than just flavor to a smoothie.

Check out these four common herbs. And a fruit.

 


Basil plant used for smoothies

Basil {photos-public-domain.com}

Basil has been used to, among other things: eliminate muscle spasms, counter depression, improve mood, reduce gas, helps new moms produce milk, reduce fevers, stimulate productive coughs, and combat germs.

It pairs well with tomatoes and olives and yes, if you care to search for them, there are gazpacho-y, blood mary-ish smoothies to be found.

A more traditional, super antioxidant combo is Greenblender’s Blueberry Plum Basil Smoothie.

Studies confirm utility in lowering glucose levels; also purported value as an analgesic, antioxidant, and antiulcerative.  – Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012


Sprig of Rosemary for smoothies

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Rosemary, according to holistic nutritionist Andrea Sarjeant on her site Healthy Delicious, boosts the immune system, aids digestion by breaking down fats and oils(!), improves circulation and helps the nerves.

Andrea shares a recipe for a beautiful Apple Rosemary smoothie that also features potassium-rich avocado, fiber-laden apple and nutrition powerhouse kale. (Can’t wait to try this one!)

Rosemary is also rich in iron, calcium and B6, making it beneficial for combating anemia, and it has also been used to improve memory and concentration.


Sage leaves used for smoothies

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Sage has many benefits attributed to it including reducing anxiety, alleviating menopausal symptoms, lowering high cholesterol and improving cognition (how well a person reasons and understands things). It is also known as an antiseptic, antimicrobial, astringent, and relaxant.

Greenblender features several recipes using this herb, including Purple Sage Pineapple which marries sage with antioxidant rich blackberries, brain-boosting walnuts and inflammation-fighting pineapple.


Thyme herb for smoothies

Thyme {Pixabay}

Thyme has been used for centuries for respiratory conditions. Greenblender notes that it is reported effective in combating anemia and cholesterol (it has a high fiber content), improves digestion, and has anti-aging properties, being high in antioxidants.

 

 

 

 

One of the two smoothies featuring this herb:

Thyme Traveler’s Wife Smoothie blends thyme with spinach and blueberries from your garden. And lemons, if you happen to have tiny little lemon trees – say on your balcony garden or a sunny spot in your home. Lemon contains the antioxidant vitamin C which is favored for a number of things from alkalizing the body to destroying free radicals to boosting the immune system to enhancing iron intake.

Disclaimer

Any mention of herbs and medicinal use must come with a disclaimer of some sort.

First, herbs haven’t been evaluated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for treatment of medical conditions although many did appear in medical texts of the past and such use has been shared anecdotally across time and culture for centuries.

Clear scientific evidence is coming; slowly, coming. Sloowlly.

Second, if you take prescription medications, be aware of food-drug interactions; some foods will hinder or augment what your prescription does, giving you too much of one nutrient and not enough of another.

Online resources like Drugs.Com or Rxlist.com allow you to search for common interactions. Know your meds, know your foods.

Herbs can bring a new dimension of taste and more to your daily smoothie.

 

REFERENCES

The Best Herbs for Green Smoothies. Greenblender.com

10 Herbs That Heal. Pinterest.com

Basil – Overview. WebMD.

Sage. Herbalgram. American Botanical Council. Accessed 01/25/2016.


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