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5 Cancer-Fighting Garden Herbs

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5 Cancer-Fighting Garden Herbs

By Veronica Peterson, Editor, Healthy & Green Living

Oh, the lovely bounty of nature. As the weather warms, home gardeners around the country are able to look no further than their backyard for flavorful herbs to add that farmstead layer of taste to their dinner entrees. We’ve always known they’re yummy but now we know they offer a heck-of-a-lot more than just flavor.

Everyday garden herbs possess legions of medicinal properties and, when eaten in conjunction with healthy vegetables and spices, have powerful cancer-preventive properties. “The easiest, least-expensive way to reduce your risk for cancer is just by eating a healthy diet,” says Rachael Stolzenberg-Solomon, PhD, MPH, RD, a researcher at the National Cancer Institute in a recent article. Below are five, easily-found, herbs you might consider eating more of.


Commonly used in cooking, the leaves of this garden herb have a noticeable woody fragrance, thanks to the fatty acids of terpenes, a naturally occurring substance that encourages the cancer cells in tumors to stop reproducing and eventually die.

Today, research has discovered that when the terpene from rosemary is given alongside the chemotherapy drugs Adriamycin and Velban, cancer cells may begin to absorb the chemotherapy that they had previously resisted. In many cases the plant’s natural terpene either brought about the demise of the cancerous cells or helped reduce their spread.

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Veronica Peterson

Veronica Peterson has a background in green design and creative writing. She loves discovering and sharing sustainable ways to enrich life. Veronica is a happy urbanite, who lives above a produce market in San Francisco with her dog Winnie.


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4:27AM PDT on Apr 5, 2014

Let green into our life

8:40AM PDT on Mar 26, 2014

Will have to be sure and add some new herbs to my garden this year. Peppermint tea is yummy.

7:28PM PST on Mar 6, 2014


7:56AM PST on Feb 1, 2014

Thank you for sharing.

2:09AM PST on Feb 1, 2014

Thank you :)

8:07AM PST on Jan 24, 2014

Good post.

12:53AM PST on Nov 10, 2013

is any dr there

8:28PM PST on Nov 6, 2013

Thank you for the article. It's very informative!

2:17PM PDT on Oct 30, 2013

Rosemary goes well with potatoes, it also goes well with salmon (delicious).
Thanks for the article. It might make me decide to cook!

10:17PM PDT on Oct 28, 2013

hat would have been a nice companion piece to this Post would have been recipes utilizing the various herbs mentioned in the Post. Don and I CAN! :-))

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