For years the only seasonings I ever used were just the basics – salt and pepper.
However, eventually, I started adding other types of condiments such as ginger or cinnamon or basil and even oregano to my dishes. What I found out in addition to enjoying many varied delicious tastes in my foods was that these are all extremely healthy additions to my system. History shows that many civilizations celebrated herbs and spices for their strong medicinal qualities long before they were ever used to flavor dishes.
Right now, when we’re all very concerned about our health, why not add some of these extremely flavorful and healthy spices and herbs to our daily menu.
If you’re wondering about the difference between herbs and spices you’re not alone!
Herbs are the plant leaves (whether fresh or dry) while spices are every other part including roots, stems, flowers, seeds and berries.
The following is a list of some of the many herbs and spices that I use almost daily.
Couldn’t list all of nature’s wonders because there are so many, but try some of these or any of your favorites in your daily menus. The different taste treats are awesome and of course, the health benefits are priceless!
♥Cinnamon – most people probably have this in their pantry. It’s heralded as a potent antioxidant that fights inflammation and has been known to lower cholesterol and blood sugar – improving insulin sensitivity. Enjoy some cinnamon every single day. Sprinkle it over coffee, in cereal or in your morning smoothie. Even add it to the coffee when making it and your kitchen will have an amazing aroma!
♥Ginger – can be used in so many ways and it adds great flavor to many dishes. Medicinally, it can help calm nausea and an upset stomach, and you can find it in candy and tea form. If I ever feel a headache coming on, I peel a ginger root, slice a piece and chew it up. The headache starts to subside almost immediately! I grate fresh ginger into many dishes from salads to chicken or smoothies and of course into tea.
♥Oregano – contains chemicals that might help reduce cough and spasms. It’s also been proven to help digestion by increasing bile flow and fighting against some bacteria, viruses, fungi, intestinal worms, and other parasites.
♥Turmeric – the curcumin contained in the turmeric root is a remarkably powerful antioxidant, helping to fight oxidative damage and boosting the body’s own antioxidant enzymes. It is also strongly anti-inflammatory, to the point where it matches the effectiveness of some anti-inflammatory drugs. Try adding some into soups and smoothies or adding it to scrambled eggs, rice and even your morning latte. I also add some to my green tea.
♥Garlic – has strong medicinal properties and can help combat sickness, including the common cold, improve heart health, and can help with high blood pressure.
♥Basil – helps to reduce gas and stomach cramping. One of the oldest herbs known to mankind, it comes from the same plant family as some other popular herbs such as mint, oregano, and rosemary.
♥Parsley – not only for decoration, this herb is known for its beautiful aroma and many other properties which include protection from heart disease and improved digestion.
If you haven’t tried using herbs and spices in your cooking, please think about adding some of the above or others that you may find inviting.
You’ll just love the different flavors they can add to your dishes, and of course, enjoy the wonderful benefits you can derive from them.
If there’s one most important thing I’ve learned from this virus, it’s the vast importance of keeping our systems healthy. Your immune system will help keep you healthy so you can avoid these pandemics, but you have to first and foremost keep your system in good working order. The next pandemic (and there will always be another one, and perhaps more insidious) will largely affect those who are not in the healthiest condition. So right now today, this minute, determine that you will be among those who will walk away from any other evil attacks on our systems because you have worked on keeping your health.
Jack Kerouac said “Be in love with your life. Enjoy every minute of it.”
Because we know you can’t love life if you’re not well!