Healty spice

Herbs and spices take a meal from good to great, but did you know they’re important for good health as well? We’ve rounded up seven medicinal herbs and spices that impart delicious flavor and heal your body from the inside.

7 Medicinal Herbs and Spices for Tasty Healing

1. Sage

Sage tea can tame upset stomachs and sore throats. Also, preliminary research on the herb suggests that it may help improve some early Alzheimer’s symptoms. Add this spice to meals that include squash and walnuts, in addition to rosemary and thyme.

2. Turmeric

This brightly colored spice contains curcumin, an active compound that supports many of your body’s systems. Turmeric has anti-bacterial, anti-vital and anti-inflammatory capabilities. It also naturally detoxes the liver and contains some cancer-fighting properties.

3. Thyme

Have a nasty cough you just can’t shake? Use thyme in your meals. This herb can soothe the respiratory system, and helps people who are suffering from asthma, cold coughs and bronchitis.

4. Thai basil

This may be my favorite herb. Thai basil has a rich, earthy flavor and tastes amazing in pesto. This herb is a known antibacterial, and its leaves contain vitamin A and antioxidants.

5. Rosemary

This woody herb has so many great health benefits. Rosemary is a known antifungal, antiseptic, anti-allergenic, and anti-inflammatory seasoning. It also aids with cleansing the liver.

6. Cumin

The curcumin in cumin can inhibit the enzymes that allow cancer cells invade healthy tissue. It also can help keep tumors from developing new blood vessels.

7. Saffron

This beautiful spice can help relieve PMS symptoms and depression. Saffron is great in dishes that contain shellfish, rice, tomatoes, garlic, and onion.

To find out more about the medicinal herbs and spices we’ve listed above, check out the following Organic Authority articles:

Turmeric: Curry Spice or Astounding Cure-All?

Spice Up Your Health with Cumin

World’s Most Expensive Spice Next Cancer Drug?

Resources:

Thai Basil: Antibacterial Herb

10 Spices That Heal: Cancer, Diabetes and More

8 of the World’s Healthiest Spices

6 Healing Thai Spices to Include in Your Meals

12 Healing Spices and 8 Flavor Combos

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