Saturday, June 9, 2012

Herbal Highlights - #Chives

Chives, a perennial herb that is capable of reaching twelve to eighteen inches in height. The chives poke up through the soil in early spring before most other new growth. The plant produces mauve/blue flower balls beginning in mid summer. If you cut these flowers off early in the season it will continue to grow. It is recommended to leave them later in the season for the foraging bees.

Did you know that for centuries the Chive plant was used to ward off evil and promote psychic powers. Regardless of its past, eating chives has numerous health advantages. It has been reported that eating chives is beneficial to the digestive, circulatory and respiratory systems.  In regards to the digestive system, chives helps get rid of bacteria, yeast and fungi along your intestinal track. Chives can also kill over 30 different strains of Salmonella. Chives are loaded with nutrients such as folic acid, potassium and vitamin K.


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