Herbs are such an important part of our health especially today with our hectic lifestyles. Most of us think they’re only good for flavoring our food but they have so much more to offer our bodies. They are chock-full of antioxidants and flavonoids. They help with weight management, allergies, heart disease, chronic illness, and help to heal the body. Replace sugar, salt, and added fats with dried or fresh herbs. And they are so easy to grow in your backyard, garden, and even small containers.
Rosemary- Rich in folic acid, Vitamin A, C, K. Rosemary reduces inflammation, it’s an anti-allergic, antifungal, and loaded with essential acids. Use rosemary in breads, teas, on fish and poultry, even make your own infused olive oils and vinegars.
Tumeric- An anti-inflammatory, detoxifier, and cancer preventor. Tumeric is great for autoimmune and inflammatory diseases. Add turmeric to salads, cooked vegetables, rice, stews, and chili.
Ginger- High in anti-oxidants, it’s an anti-inflammatory, and is also great for autoimmune diseases. Ginger helps with nausea and motion sickness. Perfect for pregnant mothers with morning sickness (or in my case 24-7 sickness-it worked wonders!) Add ginger to smoothies, salads, teas, and sauces.
Oregano- Full of antioxidants, omega-3s, iron, fiber, and vitamin K. It is also an antibacterial. Add oregano to sauces, pizzas, chicken, and seafood.
Cinnamon- It regulates blood sugar, lowers cholesterol, and is also a mood booster! Add cinnamon to coffee, oatmeal, smoothies, and desserts.
Simple and easy ways to get the vitamins and minerals your body needs to stay strong and healthy, especially with the hustle and bustle of the holidays and the lurking cold and flu season. Make your food taste that much better and know that a little dash of oregano on Friday night’s pizza is going to do wonders for your total wellness.