Often when we’re cooking or baking, we think about the flavor profile herbs and spices will lend to the food we’re creating. Many herbs and spices not only offer great flavor but also have healing properties so great, you’ll be unable to herb your enthusiasm.
Here at Oliver’s, we wanted to highlight some of our favorites and how they can help you be the Healthiest You, always!
TURMERIC – GINGER’S SPICY COUSIN
Turmeric isn’t just for your curry… This spice has amazing health benefits as well as amazing flavor. Turmeric is known to reduce inflammation, heal wounds, improve skin health, and protect cognitive abilities. Turmeric is also said to help eliminate depression, alleviate pain, slow the aging process (wait, what?!), and protect the digestive tract. Run, don’t walk to the bulk aisle to grab yourself some good-for-you-Turmeric!
- Before sautéing vegetables or making stir-fry, heat oil in a pan and sprinkle it with turmeric, stirring for a few seconds so it toasts a bit but doesn’t burn
- Blend it in melted butter and drizzle over cooked vegetables
- Add a teaspoon of turmeric to a large pot of chicken noodle soup
- Add a teaspoon of turmeric to homemade chili
Just like turmeric, cinnamon is a powerful antioxidant that can be used for inflammation. Cinnamon is a powerful spice that has been used medically around the world for thousands of years. It is still used daily in many cultures because of its widespread health benefits, not to mention it’s distinctly sweet, warming taste and ease of use in recipes. At the end of the day, cinnamon is one of the most delicious and healthiest spices on the planet! It is proven to lower blood sugar levels, reduce heart disease risk, and has a plethora of other impressive health benefits.
- Simmer a whole cinnamon stick in soups or stews
- Sprinkle cinnamon on apples, bananas, melons, and oranges
- Mix into rice pilaf
- Make a spiced tea! Put one quart of brewed tea into a pot, add 2 cups of apple juice, and gently simmer with a sliced lemon and two cinnamon sticks for about 10 minutes
IT’S THE FENNEL COUNTDOWN
If you’re not a fan of that black licorice smell, you’ll want to hear us out. Fennel has a distinct black licorice smell, but don’t let that smell fool you. Fennel is packed with nutrients, and like our other spice friends has a ton of health benefits. Fennel is proven to relieve anemia, indigestion, flatulence, constipation, and diarrhea. Fennel is also one of the main components of Absinthe, but don’t worry, you won’t hallucinate by eating this plant.
- Dry and crush toasted fennel seeds and steep them in tea
- Add fennel seeds to fruit salads
- Make sautéed fennel by slicing 2 bulbs and carmelize with 2 cloves of garlic and olive oil
YOU SAY CILANTRO, I SAY CORIANDER!
Did you know that fresh Coriander’s alias is Cilantro? Coriander is the term English speakers in the UK use to describe the herb, whereas, in the U.S., we call it Cilantro. **Mind. Blown.** Essentially, Coriander and Cilantro are two names for the same herb. Coriander (or Cilantro) promotes healthy bones, gives relief for anemia, eliminate bad breath and heals ulcers, and also reduces seasonal allergies and hay fever.
- Mix coriander seeds with peppercorns in your peppermill
- Coarsely grind coriander and rub it into meats or fish before cooking
- Add whole or ground seeds to stews, casseroles, marinades, vinaigrettes and pickled dishes
Have you tried any of these healing spices, or have any remedies of your own? Let us know in the comments below!