Chive medicinal herb can be grown indoor as well as outdoor

Chives medicinal herbs

Chive medicinal herb is native to Europe, Asia and North America. It is an onion like member from the Liliaceae family.  It is also a perennial plant and the primary parts used as herbal medicine are the leaves and bulbs.

Its main purpose is most often used for cooking. Therefore, it is definitely a culinary herb. It is dated way back to five thousand years ago and has been cultivated in Europe since the middle ages. 

The purple flowers may also be used in cooking.  Lengthy cooking can cause it to lose its flavor, so it is wise to add it to near finished cooking.

The medicinal properties are insecticidal, diuretic, tonic, anti-fungal and antitussive.  It possesses an abundant amount of vitamin A, vitamin B6 and vitamin C, iron, calcium and potassium.  The constituents also include organosulfur compounds such as allyl sulfides, protein, folate, sugar and riboflavin among other beneficial nutrients.

The leaves are usually shredded in order to use as natural condiment for fish, potatoes as well as soups. It is undoubtedly very popularly used as domestic herb, regularly found in herb gardens as well as in supermarkets.  It possesses natural insect repellant properties that you can use in the vicinity of gardens to manage and control pest infestation.   The botanical name of this medicinal herb is Allium schoenoprasum.

Health benefits of garden chive

Chive flowers: By Sporlo (Own work) [CC0], via Wikimedia Commons

Although it is similar to garlic, its medicinal properties are much weaker but it is effective in its own right.  It is reported to have a beneficial effect on the circulatory system.

It is believed that dried herb hung around the house will keep away disease and evil. This belief comes from the Romanian Gypsies. This herb possesses a pungent volatile oil that is very rich in sulfur and in addition inherits a distinctive odor and taste. This makes it an essential oil.

The Romans said that it may ease the suffering from sunburns or maybe even a sore throat. They also claimed that it could remedy high blood pressure as well as functioned as a diuretic.

It is also a remedy for cancer, high cholesterol, indigestion, anemia, sinusitis, body ache, cough, bad breath, tumors, lung cancer, flatulence, cancer and anemia.

Stuffy nose, headache, itchy eyes, fever, cough, muscle aches and pains, sore throat.  These are all symptoms of a cold.  An ailment everyone wish to do without.  Millions of dollars are spent each year, inclusive of doctor's visits, cold remedies, herbal teas, consumption of vitamin C and decongestant, there seems to be no cure.  However, it can do wonders in regards to cold.  It can prevent as well as treat the common cold.

It can be used abundantly in scrambled eggs, omelets, salads, bake potatoes, gravies, meat, butter, rice, dips, seafood, vegetables, appetizers and casseroles.  Give your soft cheese, sour vinegar and sandwich extra flavor by sprinkling on this versatile herb to aid in healthy living.

Storage

The advisable way to put away the fresh herb is to place it inside of a paper towel within a sealed container and in addition place it in the refrigerator. You may also cut up the fresh medicinal herb and freeze it with water in ice cube trays to make use of chive at a later date.

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