The idea to use herbs for food appeared a long time ago, which is no surprise since they have various healing properties.
So, in this article, you will find out about some plants you can make juice from and how useful they are.
Herbs for juicing
Parsley is a great herb that is rich in vitamin A, vitamin K, and vitamin C. Besides, this herb is loaded with calcium, iron, magnesium, and potassium.
However, not only vitamins can be found in the juice from this herb. A high chlorophyll content (a vibrant green color indicates it) makes it valuable for the bloodstream, helps to remove toxins and heavy metals from the human body, as well as reduces unpleasant body odor.
Adding herbs to your daily diet can both protect your digestive system against pathogens and provide the necessary energy.
Apart from that, among other useful properties is the ability to dissolve gallstones, detoxify the kidneys, clean blood vessels, improve liver function, and strengthen the cardiovascular system.
To make the parsley juice have a richer flavor, you can add apple and ginger to it.
Basil contains a whole complex of vitamins (vitamin C, vitamin A, and vitamin K, as well as manganese and iron). It has an antibacterial and immune-boosting effect, helps to cleanse and detoxify your body, and is good for urination problems.
The juice of fresh leaves is also used in the treatment and prevention of fungal skin lesions.
Although, whatever the healing properties basil has, its juice should not be taken purely as it can lead to irritation of the esophagus and the stomach.
Basil juicing goes well with cucumber, lime, lemon, apple, and other fruits, as it has a sweet flavor. But try not to squeeze more than 1-2 leaves per 2 cups of juice due to its strong flavor.
Rosemary is not just a popular seasoning. It goes great as a juicing.
This herbal plant is saturated with a huge amount of vitamin B6, antioxidants, and minerals (calcium, for instance).
Among many health-promoting qualities, rosemary can boost your immune system, relax the nervous system, help with hair loss, and has anti-inflammatory properties.
The plant has a strong fragrant sweet flavor, so you can use it with lemon juice, for instance.
Mint is an ancient herbal plant with a refreshing and sweet flavor. However, its advantages aren’t solely confined to its excellent taste and aromatic properties.
Above all, it is a plant that has a good effect on health. Mint juices are loaded with vitamin C, vitamin A, manganese, and iron.
The juicing is perfect for any colds and stomach diseases. And it also makes a favorable impact on the nervous system and is effective in helping with insomnia.
Having a refreshing and cooling flavor, mint juice goes well with apple, cucumber, and lemon juice.
Last, but certainly not least on this list is ginger. Ginger root and juice from it is considered a valuable superfood.
The plant quickly normalizes the functioning of the gastrointestinal tract and raises the tone of the body. Ginger juicing can help with loss of appetite, nausea, migraines, and even diabetes. But its main merit is fighting off a cold. The plant is full of vitamins B1, B2, and C and life-saving amino acids.
You can juice the root alone or mix it with lemon or other juice recipes, getting a refreshing, bitter flavor.
Equipment for herbs juicing
Let us be clear on one point: blending and juicing are different things.
And to get the juice with as many nutrients as possible, you need to juice herbs, not blend them.
And there is special equipment of two types for it.
The centrifugal juicer grinds the plants, rotating and juicing ingredients at a high speed. The problem is: It produces a lot of foam and leaves you with fewer nutrients.
Unlike the centrifugal juicer, the masticating juicer runs slower, crushing and juicing ingredients thoroughly, hence keeping all the nutrients.
Juices can be made not only of vegetables or fruits but also of herbs which there is plenty of (parsley, thyme, cilantro, etc.), as juice recipes with them. You can choose herbs for your juicing based on taste preferences or their useful properties.
And the best part of it is you do not have to drink juices of herbs alone, you can add vegetables (cucumber, tomatoes) or fruits (lemon, lime, berries), diluting the strong flavor of herbs.
Frequently asked questions
What is a herbal juice?
Herbal juice is a juice you get by squeezing fresh herbs (rosemary, thyme, mint, etc.) in a juicer.
What are the benefits of herbal juice?
All juices from herbs have plenty of different healing effects. Vitamins and mineral content in them have anti-inflammatory properties, help to improve the digestive system, strengthen the immune system and bones, lower cholesterol levels, etc. They can also help you with allergies, headaches, and weight loss.
Can you juice fresh herbs?
It is not only possible but actually has been used for centuries (see how many juice recipes there are online), as herbs have a myriad of healing properties.
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