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Chives (Allium schoenoprasum) is a perennial herb they have long, slender, and grass-like leaves that are typically green in color. The leaves are hollow and have a mild onion or garlic flavor. Chives produce small, pink or purple flowers in the late spring or early summer. The flowers are edible and have a mild onion flavor. They typically grow to be between 30-45 cm tall. Chives are commonly used as a culinary ingredient due to their onion-like flavor, however chives also have a long history of traditional medicinal use for various ailments. 


Chives have been traditionally used to promote digestion and treat gastrointestinal disorders such as bloating, gas, and indigestion.


Chives contain compounds with anti-inflammatory properties that may help reduce inflammation in the body and alleviate symptoms of inflammatory conditions.


Chives have been used to treat coughs and colds, and to clear mucus from the respiratory tract.


Chives contain several antioxidants, including quercetin and kaempferol, which help protect the body from oxidative stress.


Chives have mild diuretic properties and have been used to increase urine production and treat urinary tract infections.


Chives have been used topically to treat wounds and promote healing.


Chives are a good source of several vitamins and minerals, including vitamin C, vitamin K, folate, calcium, and potassium.


Chives contain several sulfur-containing compounds, including allicin, diallyl disulfide, and diallyl trisulfide. These compounds are responsible for the characteristic aroma and flavor of chives


Believed to bring good luck and fortune to those who grew them or kept them in their homes. In some cultures, it was thought that planting chives in the garden would ensure a bountiful harvest and protect the home from natural disasters. 


In some cultures, chives were thought to have aphrodisiac properties and were associated with fertility. It was believed that eating chives or wearing them as a talisman could increase a person's chances of conceiving a child.


It's worth noting that while chives have a long history of traditional use, scientific research on their medicinal properties is limited, and more research is needed to confirm their therapeutic effects. With any herbal remedy, it is important to consult with a healthcare professional before using it for medicinal purposes, especially if you are pregnant or taking other medications.

Chives (Allium schoenoprasum)

  • Chives prefer well-draining soil that is rich in organic matter. They can grow in both acidic and alkaline soils

    Chives grow best in full sun to partial shade.

    Chives require regular watering to keep the soil moist. However, they can tolerate periods of drought.

    Chives do not require heavy fertilization. A light application of balanced fertilizer in the spring can be beneficial.

    Prune chives regularly to promote bushier growth . Cut back the plant by one-third after it has finished blooming.

    Chives are generally pest-free, but they can attract aphids and spider mites. If you notice these pests, spray the plant with a  natural solution.

    Harvest the leaves of chives as needed. The leaves can be used fresh or dried, and the flowers can be used in salads or as a garnish.

  • Untreated seeds


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