Top 8 Herbs You Haven't Heard of But Need to Try

By Jamie Hill - 6 July 2020

Food & DrinkHealth and Beauty

Some herbs that are known to have numerous benefits for your health in terms of managing your blood circulation or inhibiting inflammation. For this reason, more and more people are growing their herbs because more often than not, these potted plants don’t take up much space.

If you are keen on leveraging herbs to reap their health benefits, below are some of those that you probably haven’t heard of yet, but they are worth a try.

Borage

The delicate blue and pink flowers of borage, as well as its leaves, are all edible. Its taste can be comparable to cucumber, making it perfect for salads. This herb can be used to treat not only fever and cough but even depression and anxiety.

Calendula

You may have come across calendula as an ingredient in some of your favorite beauty products. But aside from this, it is also an amazing ingredient in your kitchen because of its sweet and tropical flavor. Its anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties are perfect for treating wounds and skin ailments like eczema.

Kratom

When powdered, this herb can be ingested in a capsule form. A high-quality Kratom can leave you feeling motivated and positive, but be wary of poor quality ones which don't have a significant effect. People use this herb generally for pain and stress relief.

Chervil

Chervil has a mild flavor and it is usually found in French cuisine. Some people use it to season seafood and poultry while others incorporate it in salads and soups. This herb can complement treatments for digestion problems and high blood pressure.

Kaffir Lime Leaves

Thai and Vietnamese dishes are incomplete without kaffir lime leaves. This herb can add an insatiable aroma to any dish, especially in curry-based recipes. The great thing about this herb is that it is known to inhibit the growth of cancer cells in the body.

Lemon Verbena

This herb is often used to infuse a lemony kick on desserts and pastries. It also works best as a seasoning to fresh fish and meat. It is effective in treating digestive and sleeping disorders, as well as agitation and pain.

Marjoram

Often confused with oregano, marjoram is an herb that has a slightly sweeter taste. Some people make tea out of this herb, but others opt to infuse it in soup or casseroles. This herb works well in relieving cough and stomach cramps.

Mitsuba

Mitsuba is Japanese wild parsley that is often used in salads. When this herb is grown under the sun, it can have a bitter taste. Nevertheless, this herb can enhance your immune system.

 

 

Basil, oregano, lavender, rosemary, thyme, and chamomile are some of the most popular herbs that are commonly grown. You may already have them in your garden, but it is worth your while to explore herbs that perhaps you haven’t heard of just yet. These include borage, calendula, chervil, kaffir lime leaves, as well as kratom, lemon verbena, marjoram, and mitsuba. These are only some of the least known herbs though because, for sure, there are still several herb varieties that are waiting to be discovered.

 
 

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