Herbs and spices are the basis of the seasonings and condiments that complement and enhance our food in the kitchen or at the table. Spices are grown all over the world, and can truly change the taste of foods. The subtle aroma of herbs, whether fresh or dried, develops a distinctive but delicate flavour in food.
Using more herbs and spices and fewer traditional seasonings like sugar, salt and fat, can help to improve the overall health benefits - and flavour - of the foods we eat every day.
Adding herbs and spices can help you maintain a healthy weight. Plus, they can help prevent certain cancers, and even lower blood pressure, control blood sugar and improve cardiovascular health."
Tips for picking the best spices for your overall health.
Common herbs like oregano, thyme, rosemary, parsley and garlic can really bring out the natural flavours in a meal.
Dried or fresh leaf of oregano can be made into a tea by steeping 1 to 2 teaspoons (5 to 10 grams) in hot water for ten minutes. This tea can be consumed three times a day.
Use fresh garlic for maximum benefit. Garlic appears to help to lower blood pressure and cholesterol. "For maximum benefit, you need to have about three medium cloves of garlic per day. Dry garlic or garlic left out too long, lose their healthy benefits
Fight aging: Eat rosemary. Rosemary is one of nature's most powerful antioxidants. It's also thought to help with memory, and research is currently underway to determine rosemary's potential cancer-prevention properties.
Basil, oregano and rosemary can help fight colds. Since these three herbs contain strong essential oils; they potentially can fight against colds and flu. "All three are powerful antioxidants as well.
A tea can be made by steeping 1 teaspoon of basil leaves in one cup of water for ten minutes. Three cups of this tea can be drunk per day. help people with type 2 diabetes control their blood sugar levels.
Treat chronic coughs with thyme. "The health benefits of thyme are unique. It has been traditionally used to treat coughs, even whooping cough. Thyme is often drunk as a tea
Got back pain? Eat curry. Research has shown that the substance commonly found in turmeric - a common, bright red spice added to curry mixes - has known anti-inflammatory properties. The substance, curcumin, works in a very similar way to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
Fight cancer: Eat more curry. In addition to its anti-inflammatory properties, research on curcumin has also shown it to shrink pre-cancerous lesions known as colon polyps. The amount needed for its health benefits is unclear at this time.
Lower your blood pressure with "warming spices." These include ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice, pepper, cayenne pepper and others. These can make a person feel warm because they bring blood from the centre of the body to the skin. This disperses blood throughout the body more evenly, which may decrease blood pressure.
Soothe your aching tummy with ginger. Ginger contains gingerols, which decrease oxidative products in the digestive tract that cause nausea. The key is to eat real ginger and not things flavoured artificially like many ginger-ales, in order to reap the benefits.
Herbs and spices that I used are:
Hot & sweet peppers
Cayenne pepper (powdered form)
An infusion can be made by pouring 1 cup (250 ml) of boiling water onto 1/2–1 teaspoon (2.5 to 5 grams) of cayenne powder and let set for 10 minutes. A teaspoon of this infusion can be mixed with water and taken three to four times daily. This is good for pain in your body.
I stopped using, all-purpose, and chicken seasoning, onion powder, garlic powder and garlic salt, among others because of their high sodium content.