Herbs

Herbs are happiness

 

Herbs are not only the subject of songs but are also essential ingredients for flavoursome cooking. Parsley, sage, rosemary, thyme and many others are available in re-fillable jars and larger packs. 

As the name suggests, thyme is slow to release its flavours and is therefore usually added early in the cooking process. It lends itself to slow cooking, releasing its aroma of well being and deepening the flavour of soups stews or meat dishes with wonderful Mediterranean warmth.

Its essential oil contains thymol, which is an antiseptic. Tea made by infusing the herb in water can be used for coughs and bronchitis whilst a thyme steam inhalation ameliorates respiratory infections.

Like Thyme, bay leaves exude their aromatic flavour slowly. In ancient times bay leaves had a reputation for stirring romances.

In the Elizabethan era, some people believed pinning bay leaves to one's pillow on the eve of Saint Valentine's Day would permit one to see one's future spouse in a dream.

The dry Natco leaf has a more fulsome flavour than the fresh leaf and is used extensively in many cuisines usually as whole leaf and sometimes removed before serving.

Bay leaves have been proved useful in treating migraines and helping the body process insulin more efficiently, which leads to lower blood sugar levels. It has also been used to reduce the effects of stomach ulcers. The Bay leaf contains anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It is also an anti-fungal and antibacterial and has been used to treat rheumatism, amenorrhea and colic.

Natco herbs are happiness and well being.