Aside from the freshness and top-notch quality of fruits and vegetables, what makes foods more tasty and flavorful? Yes, it’s the spices! You might already have them in your kitchen and use them to add flavors to your dishes. But do you really know the benefit each of them can bring?
Common Herbs and Spices You’ll Definitely Love
Let’s get familiar with the most common herbs and spices we use at home. You’ll love adding them to your kitchen pantry and using them will start making your dishes more mouth-watering. Here are 16 of the most essential herbs and spices you might be interested to use and grow in your garden.
#1 Basil Image by Security from Pixabay
Basil is one of the most popular spices used for the most delicious dishes in the world. It contains flavonoids that protect your cells from oxidative damage. Other functions it provides to the body are erasing blemishes, alleviating stress, relieving PMS, cleansing the body, and being a good source of iron.
#2 Parsley Image by ReStyled Living from Pixabay
Parsley is packed with iron and is a blood cleanser. This is another favorite garnish for various recipes. Also, it helps promote optimal general health, keeps the heart strong, protects against rheumatoid arthritis, and is a good source of antioxidant nutrients.
#3 Cayenne Cayenne boosts immunity and metabolism and helps curb cravings. Also, it helps promote better digestion, regulates blood circulation, stimulates gallbladder reflex, removes toxins from the body, and supports the natural beat (rhythm) of the viscera and interior actions of the glandular, circulatory, lymphatic, and digestive systems.
#4 Cardamom Image by PDPics from Pixabay
Cardamom relieves indigestion and detoxifies the body. Its functions include detoxification, healing halitosis and freshening breath, relieving cold and flu symptoms, killing cancer cells, as well as providing anti-inflammatory and diuretic properties. It is also known to be good at taking care of the kidneys and urinary tracts.
#5 Cinnamon Photo by Luísa Schetinger on Unsplash
Cinnamon keeps blood sugar steady, preventing insulin spikes that lead to wrinkles and blemishes. It’s also a nutritious spice that can do the following:
- serve as an antioxidant
- provides anti-inflammatory properties
- lowers blood sugar levels and has a powerful anti-diabetic effect
- fights bacterial and fungal infections
#6 Ginger Image by Couleur from Pixabay
Ginger is a proven reliever of muscular aches and pains brought on by exercise. Well, this herb and spice are very well-known and common to households. This has been a favorite by many to add flavors to their foods. Aside from these, here are some other advantages of ginger:
- treats some forms of nausea and morning sickness
- reduces muscle pain and soreness
- aids in treating chronic indigestion and improve heart disease risk factors
- improves brain function and protects against Alzheimer’s Disease
#7 Cloves Photo by K15 Photos on Unsplash
Cloves aid in digestion and contain strong anti-inflammatory oil. In addition, it also:
- contains antibacterial and chemo-preventive properties
- protects the liver
- boosts the immune system
- reduces headaches
#8 Cumin Photo by Tamara Gak on Unsplash
Cumin is a good source of iron and a well-known digestive booster. It’s also proven to help in fighting diabetes, insomnia, respiratory diseases, anemia, the common cold, cancer, and other diseases.
#9 Fennel Fennel seeds are high in the UVB-protective phytochemical quercetin. The following are also healthy functions of fennel seeds:
- aids in digestion
- relieves menstrual problems
- protects against cancers
#10 Mint Photo by Eleanor Chen on Unsplash
Mint eases indigestion and promotes a healthy detox process. The cooling scent of this herb makes it special and a favorite one by many. Also, this helps to:
- ease nausea and headache
- reduce the effects of asthma, depression, and fatigue
- improve memory, alertness, cognitive function, and retention
#11 Nutmeg Image by scym from Pixabay Nutmeg helps you achieve more restful beauty sleep. It helps promote a calming feeling so best to include this in your diet.
- serves as a pain-reliever
- eases digestion
- helps dissolve kidney stones
- boosts bone health
- reduces bad breath
#12 Oregano Image by Ulrike Leone from Pixabay
Oregano has antioxidant and antimicrobial properties that make it a popular cold-fighter. Commonly, this is added to some pasta recipes to add aromatic essence. It can also be boiled and drank as a cough remedy.
#13 Rosemary Photo by Babette Landmesser on Unsplash
Rosemary boosts mood and memory. This is also commonly used as an essential oil for aromatherapy. In addition, below are other health benefits from rosemary.
- serves as a source of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds
- serves as neurological protection
- prevents brain damage and fights against cancer
#14 Sage Image by congerdesign from Pixabay
Sage helps regulate bile flow for healthy digestion. It is also known for its medicinal use for ailments ranging from mental disorders to gastrointestinal discomfort.
#15 Thyme Photo by Alejandro Piñero Amerio on Unsplash
Thyme has powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds.
- boosts immunity
- improves mood
- lowers blood pressure
#16 Turmeric Image by Steve Buissinne from Pixabay
Turmeric is considered one of the healthiest foods in the world. It also reduces inflammatory pain and speeds up healing. In addition, it helps in the following:
- increases the antioxidant capacity of the body
- improves brain function
- lowers your risk of brain and heart disease
- helps prevent cancer
There are still a lot of herbs and spices that you may encounter, and all of them can bring not only nutritional value but also fun and satisfaction as you grow them.
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