Spices have been known to exponentially boost antioxidants, polynutrients, and anti-inflammatory power of meals. The benefits of antioxidants have been shown to protect from diseases like cancer, heart disease, arthritis, and overall aging. This summer, take some time to add herbs and spices to your home cooked meals. Not just for the flavor, but for the wonderful nutritional benefits.
An effective anti-inflammatory, basil has healing benefits for treating arthritis and allergies. It’s also been shown to kill bacteria that causes food poisoning (perfect for your forays into the Shanghai street food stalls!)
Basil is a great source to prevent free radical damage, build strong bones, and increase your vitamin intake overall. If you love basil, try out Blue Sky Kitchen’s Basil Pesto Hummus, Florentine Chicken Stew, and LIzzy’s Basil Drop Smoothie.
Rosemary is a double-healthy herb as a potent antioxidant and fantastic anti-inflammatory agent. Typically recognized as an aid to improve concentration, it can improve your immune system and stimulate digestion. It’s highly effective for respiratory problems including asthma and respiratory infections (yay for help with the AQI!)
Rosemary is a fantastic savory addition to meals like in the Blue Sky Kitchen meatballs or as a great savory appetizer like in the Rosemary maple-glazed mixed nuts. If rosemary isn’t your favorite flavor, test out the Eco & More Rosemary & Mint hand wash and shampoo. The smells are delightful.
An extremely effective ingredient in cough drops and mouthwash for treating infections, thyme can treat sore throats, asthma, and even indigestion. A new discovery shows that it actually boosts the amount of DHA, an important ingredient in omega 3 fatty acids in the brain, heart and kidney cells.
We love the refreshing taste of a bit of thyme mixed into our lemonade and it’s the perfect, light herb to add into any side dish of roasted vegetables.
Oregano is a potent fighter and can be used to treat many conditions including bacterial infections, viral infections, parasites and even fungal infections. It can also relieve inflammation, aches, and pains.
While the most common uses for oregano are in pizza dough and Italian dressing, we love it in our spice mix for roasted veggies and our favorite chimichurri sauce.
Turmeric’s yellow-orange pigment, curcumin, is the main active ingredient in this power spice. Curcumin’s anti-inflammatory benefits are comparable to drugs like hydrocortisone, Ibuprofen and Motrin. It has been shown to help with Alzheimer’s, arthritis, heart disease, and is being studied as an alternative cancer treatment.
With so many health benefits, turmeric should be added into your daily diet right away. Lizzy’s has a superfood Mango Tango smoothie, but we suggest warming up the Blue Sky Kitchen’s Thai Yellow Chicken Curry for your next meal.
Start flipping through those cookbooks and getting creative with new herbs. Happy cooking!
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