It is time to return to nature and see what the Earth provides us to help nourish our bodies and heal naturally. Your humble herb and spice rack can be more than a decorative feature of the kitchen, but an abundant wall full of healing ingredients that can be easily incorporated into your midweek meals. Certain foods have been identified as "anti-inflammatory" and may help reduce chronic pain or inflammation. Herbs and spices contain a wide range of vitamins, minerals and essential antioxidants that can help you improve the nutritional content of your meals. We have developed a list of common herbs and spices that you can add to your meals and flavor your dishes, which also provide anti-inflammatory benefits. Below is a range of our favorite herbs and spices. You may be surprised at the diversity of conditions and symptoms that these herbs and spices have the potential to treat, and how easy and economical it is to get the benefits.
A vibrant yellow spice that is most commonly used in Indian cuisine, can be found in almost any grocery store or healthy food. Turmeric has been used medicinally to treat infections, wounds, colds and liver diseases for centuries. Turmeric is one of the most powerful herbs on the planet, with more than 6,000 articles reviewed by experts that demonstrate its benefits.
Incorporate turmeric into your life by:
Add a pinch of turmeric to the scrambled eggs (farm, organic) or your favorite frittata. Add a teaspoon of turmeric to pumpkin soup or mix with roasted vegetables.
Cinnamon is a popular spice often associated with baked goodies, cereals and smoothies. However, you may not have considered that the teaspoon of cinnamon that you add to your baked candies can do you more good than you thought. Studies have shown that cinnamon could help improve brain function, fight cancer, help with digestion, support weight loss and fight diabetes.
Add cinnamon to your life by:
Add a cinnamon quill to your morning tea, sprinkle half a teaspoon of ground cinnamon on your homemade granola or add a pinch of cinnamon to your next bowl of oatmeal for breakfast.
Part of the mint family, rosemary has an aroma similar to pine. Often used in Mediterranean cuisine and to accompany lamb dishes, rosemary has a handful of health benefits. Rosemary has been researched by several universities to help discover its anti-inflammatory powers. The health benefits of rosemary include the potential to improve memory, relieve muscle pain, aid digestion and reduce areas of inflammation.
Incorporate rosemary into your life by:
Add a sprig of rosemary to your vegetable tray or sprinkle it over homemade pieces of potato before roasting in the oven.
For centuries, ancient cultures have embraced the healing benefits of cayenne pepper and other hot chili peppers. All chilies contain a natural component called capsaicinoids. Capsaicinoids are the secret ingredient in chili peppers that gives them their anti-inflammatory properties. Chilies are known to aid in digestion, but they also offer a variety of other benefits including reduction of arthritis symptoms, relief of headaches, prevention of blood clots and assistance to the natural detoxification system of the body.
Incorporate Cayenne into your life by:
Add a pinch of this hot pepper to your soup or stew, or season your next hummus or guacamole with a pinch of cayenne.
Like rosemary, sage is an herb that is also used quite frequently in Mediterranean cuisine. Sage is famous for its ability to relieve menstrual cramps and digestive discomfort, as well as to increase circulation. Sage is also known for its natural antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.
Incorporate the wise in your life by:
Add 3 or 4 fresh sage leaves to your favorite herbal tea, or infuse sage leaves into your olive oil for a touch of flavor and a nutritional boost.
Spicy, aromatic and a little spicy, ginger is a tasty addition to many Asian dishes. Ginger has an impressive nutritional profile and, in addition to being full of nutrients, it also offers a wide range of health benefits. Ginger has been recognized for its anti-inflammatory effects and as a safe and effective relief of nausea and vomiting, especially during pregnancy. Ginger can also protect you from a number of cancers, including colorectal and ovarian cancers, as well as improve your overall immune system.
Incorporate ginger into your life by:
Add some freshly grated ginger in your next Asian or stir-fried curry, or combine with soy sauce, olive oil and garlic to make a healthy salad dressing.
Often used to overcome your favorite pizza, many oregano offer you a range of health benefits that you may have never considered. Oregano contains a powerful substance called beta-caryophyllene that helps fight inflammation. It is said that this herb benefits people suffering from conditions such as osteoporosis and arteriosclerosis. In addition to its anti-inflammatory properties, antibacterial and antifungal properties can also be added to the list of what makes oregano one of our best options.
Incorporate oregano into your life by:
Sprinkle it over your next pizza or dish. You can also add a teaspoon of oregano to your homemade pasta sauce for a nutritious and tasty boost.
We all know that the disadvantage of garlic is that you should brush your teeth almost immediately afterwards. But, did you know that garlic also has a long list of health benefits? Garlic has been used to relieve the pain of arthritis, reduce the feeling of nausea, reduce inflammation and blood pressure, as well as to detoxify the body of heavy metals.
Incorporate garlic into your life by:
Add a clove of chopped garlic to the mashed potatoes, salsa or stir with the pasta sauce.
The cloves come from an evergreen plant and have been used for thousands of years in India and China. Nails have been praised for their large list of health benefits, including better digestion, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory effects, as well as for strengthening the immune system.
Incorporate the nails into your life by:
Add cloves to hearty soups and stews, or include them in hot drinks such as chai tea.
What herbs and spices do you like to add to your meals?
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