Three Super Nutritious Herbs
Nutritious herbs supply a variety of vitamins and minerals in a form that are easy for the body to absorb.
If you are new to herbs or herbal teas, it is important that you consult your healthcare provider about any potential interactions with medications. You also want to listen to your body and see if the herbs are working for you. What might be magnificent for one person may not agree with you. Also make sure you obtain herbs or teas from reputable, preferably organic sources.
Here are three of the most potent, safe and commonly found herbs that offer a nutritional boost!
Nettle is the super green of herbs and offers one of the most easily absorbed sources of bone-building calcium. One cup of super-infused nettle leaf tea provides about 500 mg of calcium. Nettle also contains significant amounts of magnesium, potassium, and silica. Being a super green, it’s rich in chlorophyll and supports reducing acidity in the body.
Parsley greens are a mild tasting upgrade to food, smoothies, and juices!
Parsley is nutrient rich, especially in chlorophyll and antioxidants. Parsley is known to aid in digestion, boost the immune system, and is anti-inflammatory.
Every part of the dandelion is edible, but the taste differs from root to petals. The yellow flowers are sweeter, and the roots have a woody, coffee-like flavor. The leaves are bitter and not as good for teas. Dandelion contains iron and calcium with the leaves and roots providing similar benefits.
Try this pesto recipe that was adapted from the Kitchn blog:
Dandelion Pumpkin Seed Pesto
1 bunch dandelion greens, ~2 cups chopped
1 cup toasted, unsalted hulled pumpkin seeds (pepitas)
2-3 garlic cloves
¼ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Juice from ½ a lemon
~1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO)
Salt and pepper, to taste
Combine the garlic and pepitas into the food processor until finely chopped. Add the dandelion greens, Parmesan cheese, and lemon juice and mix in the processor until it becomes thick. With the processor running, slowly add the EVOO until it becomes smooth. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Can be refrigerated for up to 1-2 days but best on the same day. You can use this as a dip in addition to the traditional use of pesto.