Herbs and Nutrition!

Have you ever looked at the ingredients on a label and wondered what Vitamin A does for your body? Why Niacin is necessary? Biotin? Chromium? Boron? Iodine? Could that help you pinpoint possible deficiencies in your diet and how that might be affecting your health?

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Herbs and Nutrition

Did you know that many herbs have nutritional value?  Would it be helpful to you to know what vitamins and minerals are found in the herbs you grow?

If you could combine that knowledge, would that be helpful?

Have I got a list for you!

I’ve compiled a list of vitamins and minerals and how they help your body function.  I’ve also listed the herbs that contain those vitamins and minerals. I hope this helps you on your journey towards a naturally healthy life!

Herbs and Nutrition

Vitamins

Vitamin A – Enhances your immunity. Helps to slow the aging process. Helps in prevention of eye problems and skin disorders. Very important to the formation of teeth and bones.  Protects you against colds and infections.
Alfalfa, borage leaves, burdock root, cayenne, chickweed, eyebright, fennel seed, hops, horsetail, kelp, lemongrass, mullein, nettle oat straw paprika, parsley, peppermint, plantain, raspberry leaves, red clover, rose hips, sage, uva ursi, violet leaves, watercress, yellow dock.

Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) – Promotes growth and improves mental attitude. Helps to strengthen the nervous system and prevent stress.  Aids in digestion.
Alfalfa, bladder wrack, burdock root, catnip, cayenne, chamomile, chickweed, eyebright, fennel seed, fenugreek, hops, nettle, oat straw, parsley, peppermint, raspberry leaves, red clover, rose hips, sage, yarrow, yellow dock.

Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) – Needed for red blood cell formation. Important in the prevention and treatment of cataracts. Aids growth and reproduction. Promotes hair, skin and nail growth.
Alfalfa, bladder wrack, burdock root, catnip, cayenne, chamomile, chickweed, eyebright, fennel seed, fenugreek, ginseng, hops, horsetail, mullein, nettle, oat straw, parsley, peppermint, raspberry leaves, red clover, rose hips, sage, yellow dock.

Vitamin B3 (Niacin) – Increases energy, helps prevent migraines, aids digestion. Essential for proper circulation and healthy skin.
Alfalfa, burdock root, catnip, cayenne, chamomile, chickweed, eyebright, fennel seed, fenugreek, hops, licorice, mullein, nettle, oat straw, parsley, peppermint, raspberry leaves, red clover, rose hips, slippery elm, yellow dock.

Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid) – Fights infections and strengthens your immune system.  Enhances stamina, helps wounds heal, enhances stamina.
Alfalfa, burdock root, nettle, yellow dock.

Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine) – Aids in absorption of fats and protein. Needed to produce hydrochloric acid.  Is a mild diuretic, helps prevent kidney stones. Useful in treating allergies, asthma and arthritis.
Alfalfa, catnip, oat straw.

Vitamin B12 (Cyanocobalamin) – Helps prevent anemia. Protects your nervous system, improves concentration, aids digestion.
Alfalfa, bladder wrack, hops.

Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) – Helps form calcium and iron. Strengthens your immune system. Aids in the production of anti-stress hormones. Helps prevent cancer. Antioxidant required for proper tissue growth and repair, and adrenal gland function.
Alfalfa, burdock root, cayenne, chickweed, eyebright, fennel seed, fenugreek, hops, horsetail, kelp, mullein, nettle, oat straw, paprika, parsley, peppermint, pine needle, plantain, raspberry leaves, red clover, rose hips, skull cap, violet leaves, yarrow, yellow dock.

Vitamin D – Prevents rickets. Needed for normal growth of bones and teeth. Prevents cancer and enhances your immune system. Necessary for the utilization of calcium and phosphorous. Helps regulate your heartbeat. Aids in blood clotting and the function of your thyroid.
Alfalfa, horsetail, nettle, parsley.

Vitamin E – Antioxidant, helps prevent cancer and prevents cell damage.  Helps prevent heart disease, reduces blood pressure. Promotes healthy skin and hair.
Alfalfa, bladder wrack, dandelion, dong quai, flaxseed, nettle, oat straw, raspberry leaf, rose hips.

Vitamin K – Increases longevity. Helps with healthy liver function, bone formation and repair.
Alfalfa, green tea, kelp, nettle, oat straw, shepherd’s purse.

Minerals

Calcium – Builds and protects bones and teeth.  Prevents muscle cramps. Helps to maintain a regular heartbeat.
Alfalfa, burdock root, cayenne, chamomile, chickweed, chicory, dandelion, eyebright, fennel seed, fenugreek, flaxseed, hops, horsetail, kelp, lemongrass, mullein, nettle, oat straw, paprika, parsley, peppermint, plantain, raspberry leaves, red clover, rose hips, shepherd’s purse, violet leaves, yarrow, yellow dock.

Chromium – Maintains blood pressure and blood sugar levels. Essential in the synthesis of glucose and the metabolism of cholesterol, fats and proteins.
Catnip, horsetail, licorice, nettle, oat straw, red clover, sarsaparilla, wild yam, yarrow.

Copper – Necessary for healthy bones and joints. Converts iron to hemoglobin.  Protects against anemia.
Sheep sorrel.

Germanium – Encourages immune system to function correctly.  Fights pain.  Detoxifies the body.
Aloe Vera, comfrey, ginseng, suma.

Iodine – Helps metabolize excess fat. Needed for a healthy thyroid gland.
Calendula, tarragon leaves, turkey rhubarb.

Iron – Essential for the production of hemoglobin and for metabolism.
Alfalfa, burdock root, catnip, cayenne, chamomile, chickweed, chicory, dandelion, dong quai, eyebright, fennel seed, fenugreek, horsetail, kelp, lemongrass, licorice, milk thistle seed, mullein, nettle, oat straw, paprika, parsley, peppermint, plantain, raspberry leaves, rose hips, sarsaparilla, shepherd’s purse, uva ursi, yellow dock.

Magnesium – Prevents calcification of soft tissue. Helps to prevent birth defects. Improves cardiovascular system. Helps reduce and dissolve calcium phosphate kidney stones.
Alfalfa, bladder wrack, catnip, cayenne, chamomile, chickweed, dandelion, eyebright, fennel, fenugreek, hops, horsetail, lemongrass, licorice, mullein, nettle, oat straw, paprika, parsley, peppermint, raspberry leaves, red clover, sage, shepherd’s purse, yarrow, yellow dock.

Manganese – Needed for healthy nerves, blood sugar regulation, normal bone growth and thyroid hormone production.
Alfalfa, burdock root, catnip, chamomile, chickweed, dandelion, eyebright, fennel seed, fenugreek, ginseng, hops, horsetail, lemongrass, mullein, parsley, peppermint, raspberry leaves, red clover, rose hips, wild yam, yarrow, yellow dock.

Molybdenum – Supports bone growth and strengthens teeth. Required for nitrogen metabolism.
Red clover blossoms.

Phosphorous – Necessary for normal heart rhythm, kidney function, nerve impulse transfer, and needed for teeth and bone formation.
Burdock root, turkey rhubarb, slippery elm bark.

Potassium – Important for a healthy nervous system. Regulates water balance and muscle function. Important for regular heart rhythm.
Catnip, hops, horsetail, nettle, plantain, red clover, sage, skullcap.

Selenium – Protects your immune system.  Helps to regulate thyroid hormones.Necessary trace element for healthy prostate gland in males.
Alfalfa, burdock root, catnip, cayenne, chamomile, chickweed, fennel seed, ginseng, garlic, hawthorn berry, hops, horsetail, lemongrass, milk thistle, nettle, oat straw, parsley, peppermint, raspberry leaves, rose hips, sarsaparilla, uva ursi, yarrow, yellow dock.

Sulfur – Fights bacterial infections.  Disinfects blood and protects against toxic substances.  Helps liver function. Promotes healthy skin and hair.
Horsetail.

Vanadium – Necessary for formation of bones, teeth and cellular metabolism.  Improves the utilization of insulin.
Dill.

Zinc – Accelerates healing. Promotes a healthy immune system. Regulates your oil glands.  Promotes growth and mental alertness.
Alfalfa, burdock root, cayenne, chamomile, chickweed, dandelion, eyebright, fennel seed, hops, milk thistle, mullein, nettle, parsley, rose hips, sage, sarsaparilla, skullcap, wild yam.

This is by no means an exhaustive list. If you can add to my list, please leave a comment and let me know!  I found this research fascinating and already see some herbs I need to be adding to my medicinal arsenal!

If you see herbs you need but aren’t growing, Mountain Rose Herbs is an excellent source of organic herbs. You’ll find an affiliate link to the right.  If you make a purchase, I might earn a small commission (at no extra charge to you).

I use many of the herbs on this list.  Some I grow and some grow wild here on the farm. I’ll  be on the lookout around the farm for yellow dock.  I know it grows wild locally and it appears to be an herb full of vitamins and minerals! I hope I have it here!

What will you be looking for?

Blessings,

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