As well as providing wonderful flavours and tastes in cooking, herbs and spices have been used in medicine for a very long time. Indeed, medicine began with us realising the healing properties of plants after all!
So here’s my ‘Top 10’ commonly used herbs and spices that are renowned for their health benefits.
Some are easy to grow, others easy to buy and all are easy to throw in to your cooking.
Turmeric – aids digestion, relieves joint pain and skin conditions
Cinnamon – lowers blood sugar, antibacterial, antioxident
Ginger – helps indigestion, nausea, coughs and colds
Cayenne – for pain relief, joint pain, circulation problems
Rosemary – antiseptic, aids memory, antioxident
Sage – sore throat, mental function, indigestion
Thyme – antibacterial, relieves coughs, antiviral
Fennel – relaxes muscle cramps, anti-inflammatory, digestive aid
Juniper – antiseptic, diuretic, bronchitis
Parsley – reduces urinary inflammation, circulation problems, kidney problems
If you’re interested in finding out more about the health benefits of herbs and spices, I recommend the following book, although of course there’s lots of information out there:
Guide to Medicinal Herbs (National Geographic) Johnson et al.