Chives – or Allium schoenoprasum – bloom in May and June. Chives are not only an appealing herb for beautifying the garden, they have an array of health benefits, many of which will be discussed in this article.Chives are part of a large species of strong smelling perennials that have underground stems or bulbs. This group of herbs are known as allium herbs and include chives, leeks, garlic and onions. They all have undeniable health benefits. The strong odour emitted from these herbs is due to a number of sulphur compounds such as alkyl sulphoxides and allyl sulphides. These sulphurs are reportedly beneficial for the circulatory, digestive and respiratory systems.