I don’t know about you but I’ve been cooking with herbs for decades. I love the way they can really perk up a dish, but never really gave much thought to the health benefits. Ever since I’ve been researching what are my best and healthiest food options, the how to use and which herbs to use has opened up an exciting new world of cooking.
Please share your favorite herb(s) and how you use them in the comment section below. If you are looking for ideas on uses, post that as well and I’ll get back to you with some (and maybe others will share as well).
Here is a list of some of the health benefits of the more popular herbs.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF HERBS
Cilantro (*Coriander): helps protects against Salmonella, to bind to heavy metal in your body, fights inflammation, lowers blood sugar, relieves intestinal gas, and prevents nausea, prevents urinary infections, lowers LDL(bad cholesterol) and raises your HDL(good cholesterol)
*Dill: helps with bone health, fight off infections internally & externally, in elimination of free-radicals, improve digestive functions, reduce pain of headache and a hiccup cure.
*Lavender: helps calm skin and mind, reduce bad bacteria in your gut, lowers heart rate and blood pressure, reduces anxiety and depression
*Marjoram: helps increase efficiency of digestive system, fight against a variety of common illnesses, improve cardiovascular health; as an anti-inflammatory it helps with asthma, muscle spasms, migraines, sinus headaches and overall body aches
*Oregano: considered Nature’s antibiotic; helps with muscle pain, acne, dandruff, allergies, intestinal parasites, may help slow down or prevent progression of cancer
Parsley: helps fight against inflammation, colon & prostate cancers, promotes healthy bones & teeth, fight infections, ward off cardiovascular diseases, protect nervous system
*Roman Chamomile: helps to reduce swelling, to stop growth of bacteria, viruses and fungi; it promotes a general feeling of calmness, Relieves anxiety and depression
*Rosemary: helps to protect against cancer, stimulate the circulation of the blood around the body, promote digestion in the stomach, relieves flatulence, colic in babies, gas and indigestion, relives arthritic and rheumatoid pain, helps improve blood flow to the brain, which can improve concentration and memory
*Sage: helps to lessen feelings of depression and stress, to calm intestinal spasms and to treat gastritis and diarrhea; helps memory and cognition, protects against diabetes
Tarragon: helps to stimulate and regulate the digestive system, to boost immune system, to remove toxins from the body, helping to prevent the formation and growth of cancer cells and prevent and cure rheumatic arthritis, prevent visible signs of aging like wrinkles, fine lines, patchy skin and dark spots.
*Thyme: helps with liver detoxication, boost immune system encouraging white blood cell formation while increasing resistance to foreign organisms; effective against respiratory and digestive infections
Want to boost your health benefits and flavor even more? Try using essential oils! Check out on how in this post: Difference between using Fresh, Dried Herbs or Their Essential Oils and how to substitute between fresh, dried & oils.
Herbs have been around a very long time adding health and flavor to your foods. If you haven’t been using them, I really encourage you to pick out one from the list above and add it to different meals through out week. You will find that you don’t need as much salt or fats to have a flavorful meal!
Wishing You Happy Healthy Cooking! Kathy