12 Popular Vietnamese Herbs

By | March 21, 2022

Herbs are not only a spice that makes your dishes more attractive, but they also have a few more special uses. Today, we will introduce the popular Vietnamese herbs and their benefits.

12 Popular Vietnamese Herbs

1. Coriander

Coriander, a mildly pungent, aromatic herb with warm properties, is used to help clear heat, detoxify, stimulate digestion, treat colds, lousy breath, boils, especially conjunctivitis.

This herb has excellent uses because it contains essential oils, especially fechylic alcohol, which has antibacterial, analgesic, and anti-inflammatory effects.

If you want to treat conjunctivitis thanks to coriander, you need to eat this herb raw every day or cook the broth to steam and wash your eyes.

2. Perilla

For herbs that help treat diseases, perilla is an indispensable herb. Perilla is an oriental medicine that helps drain sweat and treat colds and typhoid.

The spicy, warm taste of perilla helps treat colds effectively and helps reduce bloating, vomiting, pain relief, asthma, and pregnancy. You can eat perilla as a familiar raw vegetable or process it into perilla juice for use when needed.

3. Mint

Mint has an excellent taste, a pleasant scent, a fantastic taste on the tip of the tongue, and is popularly used in cooking and preparing drinks.

In medicine, mint is effective in treating colds and flu, contains flatulence, hiccups bring many benefits for digestion. Peppermint essential oil also treats insect bites, soothing asthma attacks.

4. Thai Basil

Basil is an indispensable condiment for Vietnamese Noodles dishes. Basil tastes areca, a hot nature that treats colds, flu, stuffy nose, fever, or headache.

5. Fish Mint (Herb)

In Vietnam, fish mint grows wild in mountainous, midland, and plain provinces. The plant is also grown in many places for vegetables and medicine.

Compared to the above herbs, fish mint seems to be pickier. Many people can’t eat or even smell the fish mint because this vegetable has a slightly fishy smell.

However, for those who are used to eating, fish mint has a fleshy, delicious, excellent, nutritious taste that you can grind into lettuce juice to cool down.

6. Dill

Dill is a herb used by Vietnamese people in fish dishes and fish cakes to eliminate fishy odors and enhance flavor. In addition, it also has therapeutic effects such as supporting the treatment of abdominal pain toothache and helping to strengthen the kidneys and yang.

7. Spring onions

Spring onions are a spice that enhances the flavor of dishes are one of the most used Vietnamese herbs in Vietnamese dishes such as Pho, Bun Rieu. This herb are spicy, hot, and have a very effective cold treatment. Using spring onions with perilla helps to release toxic gases and circulate blood vessels quickly.

8. Lolot Leaves

Lolot leaves are a climbing plant, growing straight from the very beginning. The stem has five to six veins from the petiole to the tip.

Lolot Leaves are often used in roast beef braised snails with bananas and beans to make grilled beef wrapped in lolot leaves. In oriental medicine, guise treats bone and joint diseases, gynecological diseases, heatstroke, toothache.

9. Vietnamese Coriander

Vietnamese coriander has a characteristic aroma, often served with raw vegetables, salads, balut and pancakes. Coriander has many great medicinal uses, such as treating rashes, aiding digestion, and being antibacterial.

10. Lemongrass

Lemongrass is a type of herb used a lot in cooking that has the effect of eliminating fishy odors and helping dishes become more delicious. This herb is spicy hot and treats fever, headache, rheumatism, and excretory problems.

11. Saw-Leaf Herb

Saw-Leaf herb is also known as Culantro. With a characteristic and pleasant aroma, saw leaf herb is used by Vietnamese people in pho and sour fish soup dishes. People with diabetes should eat saw-leaf herb in their meals because it has a blood sugar-lowering effect.

12. Vietnamese Balm

Vietnamese balm is a raw herb indispensable in Grilled Pork Hanoi Vermicelli; the vegetable has a characteristic aroma of henna leaves with many veins. Besides, Vietnamese people also use Vietnamese balm to support the treatment of colds, nosebleeds, and acne.

Hopefully, the information we share above will help you better understand the health benefits and therapeutic effects of these 12 Vietnamese herbs to use them more effectively.

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