Thursday, January 27, 2022

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These 10 herbs not only heal but add great flavor to your foods. All 10 are versatile, well known, and easy to get at any grocery store. How much better can you get than that?! Medicine that tastes good. If that little nugget gets out in the open people will come up with reasons to be ill. The top 10 herbs to make the list both for flavor and health benefits include: RosemaryMint, Oregano, Curry, Dill, Parsley, Cayenne,  Basil, Cilantro, and Ginger. These natural herbs are also components of the best herbal teas for health.

Health Benefits

Each of these flavorful herbs have health benefits that you should consider adding to your daily diet. Not only do they improve the flavor of your favorite dish, they provide you with something you may have been missing in your diet. Rosemary has what called eucalyptol its acts as a bronchodilator to help your breath easier is. Mint helps with digestive distress, including cramps. Is it the dreaded time of your cycle when you want to curl up in bed with a heating pad because of the those uncomfortable cramps? Ease them back by eating a light pasta with oregano, or use oregano oil to infuse your meat. Curry is good for the joints. Dill is a great way to relax your GI tract, this is even soothing for those with ulcers. We never think of parsley as having any other use than making food look pretty. In fact, it became a garnish to eat at the end of the meal because it relieves bloating. Cayenne relieves congestion the natural way. If you are in the dumps, make a nice bowl of pasta, add a touch of olive oil, Parmesan cheese, and a handful of fresh basil. Basil is a natural mood booster and the pasta is comforting as well. Basil makes the best herbal tea for anxiety. Cilantro is an energy booster. If you are going on a long car ride and you have problems with motion sickness, try to have a cup of ginger tea before your trip. Ginger reduces nausea and motion sickness.

  • Helps digestive system
  • Reduces nausea
  • Mood booster
  • Assists in joint health
  • Over all great way to spice up life

Flavor Savor

Rosemary can be put it on chicken or pork, or make yourself a tea, either way, when you use Rosemary you get an open airway. Mint is good if you are having cramps in your tummy. Soothe them by eating the mint leaves, steeping tea, or adding as a fresh garnish to foods like yogurt, or eggplant for a fresh flavor. Oregano is a very pungent spice that goes well in pasta dishes, on chicken or turkey. Dill is great in your pickles, sure. But did you know that you can use fresh dill on fish or chicken? I love to sprinkle Cayenne on many of my foods, giving my pasta, fish, or pizza a little extra kick. (It is also part of my secret recipe for deviled eggs.) Basil is a great savory spice that can be added to most meals. Cilantro is one of my favorite freshies to add to salad, soups, or just to make a simple pico de gallo for dipping my chips into. Then there is ginger. Ginger can be used on meats, vegetables, or in sauce (not to mention cookies and pies).
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