You probably already know what you’re supposed to eat from fruits and vegetables, and that you especially need to focus on the leafy greens such as spinach and kale. But, when it comes to this particular group, have you ever turned to the secret leafy green group that almost no one pays attention to?

We are talking about the herbs, which are nutrient dense greens which normally are just considered as a condiment, but they are actually a lot more than that. A lot of fresh herbs can be used in common recipes such as smoothies or salads in bigger amounts than just in the topping.

Best Herbs With Secret Benefits

Best Herbs With Secret Benefits

This is why we will provide you with a list of specific herbs that you can  find in the supermarket and you can even grow in your own home, and will provide you with excellent benefits.

  1. Rosemary

The rosemary is a herb that has been used for thousands of years as a naturally calming and anti anxiety remedy. Now it is commonly used in entrees in order to bring this herb in a proper way into the dinner meal, for an example in Thanksgiving recipes.

Also, the rosemary contains a lot of powerful compounds that will help you get better focus and maintain a sense of strength and vitality. This is a herb  that derives from the Mediterranean and is filled with calcium and Vitamin B6, which both contain calming effects.

  1. Mint

The fresh mint is a much better option than the gum or candied mints. You can find this herb in any supermarket in the produce section, along with all the other herbs.

The mint can also be used to boost your levels of happiness, soothe a headache or a tummy ache, and can make up a great addition for chocolate flavored green smoothies and fruit based salads.

  1. Basil

Technically, the basil is a subgroup of the mint family, despite its earthy and herb like flavor that is much different from the mint. It has even a slightly sweet flavor. This is the sole reason that both of these herbs are used in different occasions.

Bear in mind that a little basil can go a long way, so, when you’re just starting to incorporate it in your diet make sure you use only a few leaves, and work your way  from there. It works really nice with salads, bitter lettuces, sweet fruits, and can also be used in stews, soups, Italian dishes and even in smoothies!

  1. Parsley

What makes the parsley so great for you is that it is a great source of Vitamin C. it is also a great source of Vitamin K, making it a fantastic addition to your smoothies and will give a fresh and fun flavor. It can also be a great addition to salads, entrees of any kind, wraps or some savory breakfast dishes.

  1. Cilantro

The cilantro is considered to be a bright herb that is especially revitalizing and energizing, and just like the parsley, the cilantro is filled with Vitamin C. This herb can be used in literally every dish, no matter if it’s sweet or savory, so don’t think when adding this amazing herb to your dishes!

  1. Oregano

Another ancient herb which is used to bring you a sense of calm, focus and happiness whenever it is added to a dish. Also, it is filled with Vitamin B6, which is good for the body.

  1. Sage

Whether it is clary sage or rubbed sage, it can all be bought in a ground form, but, if you ever have the chance to buy the fresh form, go for it.

  1. Tarragon

This is a herb which is filled with various nutrients. Unfortunately, it is not used much, except in the French cuisine but it can be a delicious addition to whatever dish you decide to prepare.

Both sweet and savory recipes can benefit from the use of the tarragon, and when it comes to the taste, it has a light, peppery, and almost a sweet finish. Put tarragon next time you make a smoothie, bowl of soup, salad or stir fry – a few leaves of it is all you will need!

  1. Thyme

Thyme is one of the well loved herb among many people. Just try adding the thyme in your next dish.

Even though the fresh version of the thyme is much more nutrient dense than the dried version, the whole form is potent in nutrients which you can benefit from in  small amounts.

  1. Marjoram

This is a herb used in many Italian recipes and Mediterranean recipes overall because it contains similar nutrients to the oregano. Just make sure not to go overboard with this spice because it is very powerful. It is not always easy to find it in a fresh form, so feel free to use the dried form too.

Just like any other greens, these herbs are exceptional foods if you want to maintain an overall optimal health. Make sure you add some of them to your foods and enjoy them almost every day.