What Is Your Herb Personality?

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January 30, 2014

Herb Personality

Now this post is a bit of fun!

I used to read loads of magazines as a journalism student and I think this particular blog is inspired by the fun articles that would undoubtedly be part of these magazines - the 'what type of personality are you?' type ones! 

I loved Cosmo, Cleo, Who, Frankie and Marie Claire and really enjoyed reading these mags for 'research purposes' ;)

Which brings me to my own magazine inspired 'quiz'.....

I love my herbs.

Using them in cooking especially, so I have gathered some popular culinary herbs and envisioned the type of person that loves these herbs to give us a 'herb personality'.

I have also included a (very) brief run down of  some properties of each herb.  I say brief because these herbs could have a whole blog of their own if we were to properly explore their health benefits which of course is on my bloggy to-do list!

So here we go!    What is Your Herb Personality? To determine this - just think about what your favourite herb of all time is and that's how we determine what your herb personality is! Got it? Good, now read on! Sorry if your fave herb is not on this list, just pick your second favourite! ;)  

Basil

Basil

You have a huge heart, love family, cooking and sleep! These people make great chefs and home-makers

Health Benefits - contains anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties, good for rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and inflammatory bowel conditions. Very high in Vitamin A and contains a good amount of minerals like potassium, manganese, copper, and magnesium.  

Coriander

 

Coriander

You love to travel, give you an adventure and you're happy! Make wonderful tour group leaders or party planners

Health Benefits - This herb is very high in antioxidants especially Vitamins A and C. Also very rich in Vit K. A good source of minerals like potassium, calcium, manganese, iron, and magnesium.  Used as a digestive tonic, a carminative, anti-fingal, lipolytic (weight loss) and helps rid heavy metals from the body.  

 

cinnamon

Cinnamon

You are a homebody, love your bed, your books and your friends, you would make an excellent librarian or personal assistant

Health Benefits -A warming herb, commonly used as a digestive and it's most famous property is that it helps regulate blood sugar levels. Great for diabetics and people trying to lose weight  

parsley

 

Parsley

You are a traditionalist, you love routine and order, you would make an excellent teacher or architect

Health Benefits -antiseptic, carminative, very high in Vitamins A, C and K. A good source of minerals like potassium, calcium, manganese, iron, and magnesium. This herb is commonly used to treat anemia due to high amounts of Iron and vit c together so a fantastic source of absorbable iron!  

garlic

 

Garlic

You are a free spirit, you love to push the boundaries and prefer the alternative side of life, you would make a wonderful horticulturalist or natural therapist

Health Benefits -Antifungal, antiseptic, antibacterial, antimicrobial and antiviral. The greatest herb to use when fighting illness due to bacteria or virus. Great for impaired immune systems.  

rosemary

 

Rosemary

You are nostalgic, feel things deeply and love photography and music, you would make a great artist or do amazing work in advertising/marketing

Health Benefits -A very health promoting herb, high in most minerals and vitamins including folic acid and the B group vitamins, contains Rosmarinic acid which has anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, and anti-oxidant functions.  The oil is also used for topical applications for health of the scalp and painful conditions such as gout, rheumatism and neuralgic conditions.  

Sage

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Sage

You are someone not to be crossed, you stand up for what you believe in and justice is very important to you, you would make a fabulous lawyer or do well in any work involved with human/animal rights

Health Benefits -Like rosemary, sage contains rosmarinic acid so it also has the anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, and anti-oxidant functions. Used for hot flushes during menopause, great hormonal regulator.  

mint

 

Mint

You are a pleasure seeker, love the finer things in life - give you room service on holidays and you've died and gone to heaven, you would make an excellent personal shopper or mixologist

Health Benefits -Very high antioxidant content including vitamin A, beta carotene, vitamin-C and vitamin E. The leaves of mint also contain many important B-complex vitamins like folates, riboflavin and vitamin B-6 and is an excellent source of vitamin-K. Mint has compounds that relax the intestinal wall so very good as an anti-spasmodic agent in the treatment of "irritable bowel syndrome" (IBS) and colic. Contains 'menthol' which has analgesic (pain killer) properties. A good source of minerals like potassium, calcium, iron, manganese and magnesium.  

cumin

Cumin

You are the true food lover, you love complexity, depth and working out riddles, you would be a good food critic or detective

Health Benefits -Cumin is an excellent source of minerals like iron, copper, calcium, potassium, manganese, selenium, zinc and magnesium. Also contains very good amounts of  B-complex vitamins such as thiamin, vitamin B-6, niacin, riboflavin, and other vital anti-oxidant vitamins like vitamin E, vitamin A and vitamin C. It is another warming and digestive herb, has anti-flatulant properties and aids in digestion by helping the gut to secrete more digestive enzymes.

  turmeric  

Turmeric

You stand out from the crowd, you wow people with your individuality, your enthusiasm and your big ideas, you would make a great company director or performance artist/actor

Health Benefits -Anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, carminative, antioxidant and anti-tumor. Contains very good amounts of minerals like calcium, iron, potassium, manganese, copper, zinc, and magnesium. It is very rich source of many essential vitamins such as vitamin B6, choline, niacin, and riboflavin. Commonly used in arthritic conditions, pain, cancer and just a few grams of turmeric per day either in the form of powder, crushed root or fresh root can provide enough nutrients to help you keep away from anemia, neuritis, alzheimers, dementia and offer protection against cancers, infectious diseases, high blood pressure and strokes.  

ginger

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Ginger

You are a daydreamer! Your imagination knows no limits and you love being around children where you can connect in imaginative play. You would make a great author or child care teacher

Health Benefits - Ginger has a demulcent action on the gut lining and is also known as a carminative so this herb also helps to calm down gut spasms. It’s another anti-inflammatory. Fabulous for gut cramps, flatulence and colicy type pains, nausea and interestingly another use for this herb is for warding off of harmful parasites and their eggs. Also contains a good amount of minerals like potassium, manganese, copper, and magnesium.  

 

So what is your herb personality?

Is it any way correct?

I would love to know!  

 

Yours in Health

 

Alisha x


23 Responses

Karen
Karen

November 16, 2016

Love love love this
Im diff mint cinnamon and a few others

Allison
Allison

March 27, 2014

1. Coriander – oh how I love travel
2. Ginger or Mint – love being spoilt & certainly a daydreamer (mostly about travel & the finer things in life).

naughtynaturopathmum
naughtynaturopathmum

March 27, 2014

You sound like me Allison! :)

Sonia @ Natural New Age Mum
Sonia @ Natural New Age Mum

February 06, 2014

I am a cinnamon and very true – I always wanted to be a librarian or book shop owner (not like Bernard though) he he

naughtynaturopathmum
naughtynaturopathmum

February 06, 2014

hehehe, oh please like Bernard?!? That would be fun! I will come round and help you drink the wine! :)

Jane House
Jane House

February 06, 2014

This is great and spot on!! I’m a ginger and cumin girl which might explain why I’m a food blogger and teacher. Very cool

naughtynaturopathmum
naughtynaturopathmum

February 06, 2014

Oh you teach too Jane! Busy lady :)

Jo (down to eath mother)
Jo (down to eath mother)

February 01, 2014

Fun! I chose rosemary and your description was pretty spot on!

naughtynaturopathmum
naughtynaturopathmum

February 03, 2014

Ooooh, a rosemary girl! Special lady :)

naughtynaturopathmum
naughtynaturopathmum

January 30, 2014

Yes, add parsley to everything when your iron is low and even juice it to if you are a juicer! :)

naughtynaturopathmum
naughtynaturopathmum

January 30, 2014

Glad you enjoyed it Ros x

naughtynaturopathmum
naughtynaturopathmum

January 30, 2014

Oh cool! I dream of using mint more than I do too! ;)

Megan
Megan

January 30, 2014

Haha…..mint was my number one choice and absolutely fits lol, but then I saw ginger on your lists which I LOVE and chuckled because I used to be a child care teacher! Spot on Alicia :) x

naughtynaturopathmum
naughtynaturopathmum

January 30, 2014

Hahaha! Knew I had to get at least a couple of people right? ;)

Ros Hansen
Ros Hansen

January 30, 2014

I can’t separate coriander and ginger! This was heaps of fun and pretty accurate as well. Well done Alisha!

Katherine
Katherine

January 30, 2014

My personality type is under cinnamon but I’m not really much of a fan. I’m not sure if I have a favourite but I absolutely love the smell of basil. Great to find out parsley is good for anemia as I’ve been anemic for the past twenty years and just can’t seem to eat enough red meat. And I always forget my iron tablets.

Theresa
Theresa

January 30, 2014

Hmm – not sure about accuracy(LOL). I love cinnamon and that looks about right, but I cannot abide coriander and yet I love to travel. Use most of the others from time to time, so maybe I am a complete mixture!!

naughtynaturopathmum
naughtynaturopathmum

January 30, 2014

Hahaha! I think we are all a bit of a mixture ;)

Tanya
Tanya

January 30, 2014

Got me spot on… I use a lot of parsley but always am dreaming of using more coriander and mint…big sigh I reckon you nailed it!

naughtynaturopathmum
naughtynaturopathmum

January 30, 2014

Hahaha! Yep, you seem like a garlic girl to me! I have seen Peppermint but have not picked up and read a copy yet! Will get onto that ;)

naughtynaturopathmum
naughtynaturopathmum

January 30, 2014

Thanks Mel! Can’t play favourites hey? ;) x

Mel @ The cook's notebook
Mel @ The cook's notebook

January 30, 2014

I LOVE THEM ALL! I love sage the least, and many of the rest are eaten every day. GREAT post :)

Leah
Leah

January 30, 2014

i love this…. oh and garlic…. i use that in everything… AND yes that is me pretty much….. oh and i love frankie….. oh have you found peppermint magazine yet!!! is awesome… its main focus is sustainability so… sustainable food and products and life style = love :) <3

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