It has been a good long tradition for using a combination of spices and herbs not only for flavour but it’s beneficial for your health too. A range of these culinary delights are used in absolutely every dish that you can think of, although for some dishes it can be optional.
You can sprinkle warm cinnamon on top of your apple pie before baking. How about some sharp ginger biscuits for your hot tea or a spoon of hot paprika powder, flavouring your warm chili bean soup!
The varied choice that we have resemble the different nutrition or content associated with each and every herb and spice. Long ago, spices and herbs were seen as a treat and rare to get your hands on them so we should count ourselves lucky to be able to gain access to these delights that season our food so damn well!
So, it is good to use a variety to reap all the benefits and to experiment with these seasonings – you can find out which works best!
List of spices and Herbs
This list is not limited to the vast of condiments that you can feast your eyes upon. This list contains probably the most beneficial to your health whilst providing full flavour and satisfaction, although it is always good to do your own research. This list is guidance as further studies still needs to be done. Which one is your favourite?
Turmeric powder – It has naturally occurring curcuminoids that has anti-inflammatory effects and a powerful antioxidant.
Oregano – This contains compounds known to reduce the growth of cancer cells and can lower the rate of virus’s in the body.
Basil – It can contribute to skin benefits and can detoxify the body, lowering levels of depression.
Bay leaves – Add to tea or food to allow for better digestion as it contains enzymes to breakdown food better.
Cloves – Contains nutrients and can clean away bacteria. It is beneficial for liver and bone health.
Dill – This green herbs contains numerous vitamins and minerals that can help your body fight off infections.
Tarragon – Helps your body to metabolize sugar better and lowering blood sugar levels.
Thyme – It’s full of Vitamin A and C. It calms colds and flu down and is antiseptic and antibacterial.
Cayenne – which is also known as African bird pepper. This boost your metabolism rate which allows for better calorie burn.
Onion powder – It has anti-asthmatic and antimicrobial components and so can fight off infections or excess sputum.
Sage – Can improve good memory, brain function and may slow down the rate of Alzheimer’s.
Habanero – A variety of chili peppers. Can lower cholesterol levels and lower blood pressure too.
Helpful hints : For salty flavourings, healthy alternatives can include pure sea salt or powdered granulated seaweed such as Kelp or dulse powder, resembling a sea like taste.
Organic herbs and spices
Scientific studies has been shown these to be produced without the use of pesticides or chemicals and are not GMO’s (genetically modifies organism’s}. These reflect for a safer option as these high quality beauties give for more nutrition, benefits and a punch of clean and wholesome ingredients. Why would you ignore these insatiable pleasures?
People often use these incredible seasonings for medicinal uses too, although we all know and it’s pretty much common sense that fresh is always better. However, buying organic then ensures there is real commitment to sustainable farming and production practices and that the company places important value and action to their customer’s health and for the planet.
The bottom line is that is you wanted to use a certain spice to cure yourself from an ailment such a pounding headache, you could try grinding some cinnamon sticks into powder, add some warm water so it forms a paste and dab on your forehead and temples for around 30 minutes to attain some relief. You’d also feel reassured that while performing this practice that it’s free from chemicals and synthetic ingredients as we all know we could do less of these!
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Check out the ingredients for Allspice as its not a combination of spices as the name suggests. It’s just a Jamaican berry that resembles a mix of spices! In most cases there is a bunch of spices added in with the Jamaican berry.
There are over 900 species of the herb sage! It can remove negative energy and traditionally people have burned sage in times of a new home. In Hinduism, people were only called “sages” for their eternal knowledge.
Some herbs resemble a symbolic meaning and rosemary was called “Rose of Mary” in memory of the virgin Mary.
The rarest one to get your hands on is probably – Saffron. Quite expensive compared to others due to the amount of labour involved to grow and harvest this spice. The petals can be medicinally used.
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