The Holistic Kitchen – Series: Part 1

What is a holistic kitchen? What I think of when asked .. is earth-based kitchen and family, using fresh ingredients and meals from scratch. If you were to visit my pantry, you would find only two can goods, tomatoes and green peas. The other items in the pantry are all that I refer to as scratch items or raw items. What I know to be true is we need to be nourished not only with food but love and information. Family plays a crucial roll in fulfilling passion and knowledge. The food I am a firm believer that we can grow many things that will promote healthy living. A holistic lifestyle is not the easy way nor is it a cheap way to live. During my life to-date I have lived in 10 different locations with my family. We/I have managed to have some kind of garden. It does not matter where you live; you can have anything from a windowsill garden to one in the back yard or acres. You might be surprised that my kitchen is not fat-free nor is it grain free or meat free. My love of animals and plants lead me down a path that yielded a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture. That is another whole story for a different time.

Today I still try my best to grow something. When I do I cherish it and share it with neighbors and friends as well as put away as much as we need. The last six years have been difficult as I moved to an area with lots of trees and not much land. I still managed to make a growing area large enough to provide us with sage, rosemary, thyme, basil, tomatoes, asparagus, garlic, onions, and calendula. While the area did not produce enough for me to can anything, it did provide daily meals during the growing season and enough herbs to dry and use all winter.

My holistic kitchen contains herbs. The essential herbs, in my opinion, should be rosemary, sage, thyme, pepper, and salt. These are the vital herbs that every kitchen should have. Over the next couple of articles, I will take a look at each herb mentioned and add to the list once I have covered all the necessary herbs.

Rosemary: has an earthy fragrance
a woodsy pungent aroma, with pine and lemony aroma with a woody stalk. It pairs well with meat. It increases circulation and decreases inflammation in the cardiovascular system; it inhibits the growth of bacteria and has a high antioxidant content that helps prevent cancer. Rosemary extract can also protect the skin from UV damage. It can be taken internally and used externally for pain such as arthritis. It is used to improve memory, cognitive function and may help Alzheimer’s patients. Rosemary made into a tea can ease digestion issues that are causing gas, nausea, cramping, or bloating. It also can bring relief during the cold and flu season. Relieve a sore throat with sips of rosemary tea or a spoonful of rosemary infused honey. NOTE: Rosemary may lower blood glucose, and a tiny percentage of people have skin dermatitis.

All the best,

Kelly

In the next article, I will delve into some other basic herbs that are essential for the kitchen.