To enhance the flavor of foods and give a special touch to everyday dishes, herbs and spices are ideal. In addition to ensuring different flavors, the use of medicinal herbs in food allows you to reduce the addition of salt to foods, which has great health benefits. Thanks to their properties, herbs also have important functions in metabolism and can even be used to cure diseases.
At the time to consume herbs and spices, you need to be aware of the quality of the spices. Only buy in safe places where you are sure that the source and storage are adequate. When buying industrialized herbs In health food stores, make sure they follow growing and harvesting, processing and packaging standards. If you prefer, you can set up a home garden and grow your own herbs and spices to season your food with fresh ingredients.
Get to know some herbs and spices that can be introduced from day to day for healthier eating and what their health benefits are.
Rosemary: With a very aromatic flavor, this herb combines very well with potatoes, chicken, pork and fish in soups and sauces. Combats fluid retention, eliminates toxins and is stimulating against mental fatigue.
Basil: It is mainly used as a spice in sauces and stews. Basil leaf is rich in vitamin A, C K and iron. It is also a source of calcium, magnesium, potassium and fiber. It has antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and detoxifying action, relieves the symptoms of flu, colds, cramps, nausea, constipation and even bad breath.
Ginger: Gives a special flavor to fruit and vegetable dishes. Spicy and aromatic, ginger is rich in potassium, magnesium, copper and vitamin B6. It can be used to relieve headache and PMS symptoms.
Mint: It has an unmistakable aroma and can be used as a spice or we teas and juices. Facilitates the digestion of fats by the body, is rich in flavonoids, and has anti-inflammatory action.
Saffron:? It belongs to the ginger family, has mild fragrance and spicy aroma. This herb can be used as a coloring and seasoning. Its root has diuretic, digestive action and is a source of powerful antioxidants against cancer and cardiovascular disease.
Cinnamon: It is a great ally for controlling blood sugar in diabetics. Its scent stimulates appetite, improves cognitive processing of the brain, stimulates attention, memory and visual and motor agility.
Coriander: Coriander is used if the leaves and seeds are whole or ground. The herb is rich in fiber and antioxidants, so it prevents cardiovascular disease and premature aging.
Medicinal Herbs in the Permaculture Food Forest (January 2021)