There are a number of delicious foods you can eat for the sake of your health – but still, all too often, we hear complaints that healthful food just doesn’t taste good. Enter herbs and spices. The aromatic flavorings can transform a dish without adding calories or fat. But many of the roots and seeds and leaves and flowers pack surprising additional health benefits of their own. From promoting longevity to fighting pain and more, here are 11 of the healthiest herbs and spices which are part of the 7-day enjoyment daily guest HOW TO programs at The Leaf Jimbaran.
Anise seeds provide a sweet taste similar to that of black licorice when used in foods. They can calm an upset stomach and help with coughs and runny noses. Thanks to presumed estrogen-like properties, anise may increase milk flow in breastfeeding mothers, treat menstrual symptoms and boost libido. It’s also a good source of fiber and calcium, among other nutrients, and a very good source of iron, with 2.4 milligrams in just one tablespoon.
Cilantro is high in vitamin K, which in turn, improves bone strength and helps the blood clot.
There’s some research to suggest that cinnamon may lower blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes and reduce cholesterol levels. It’s also a very good source of fiber, with 4 grams per tablespoon, and, because of that warm, sweet flavor, it might also satisfy your cravings for treats without adding calories or fat.
Like cinnamon, cumin may help people with diabetes keep blood sugar levels in check. But it also has powerful germ-fighting properties that might prevent stomach ulcers. Cumin is also a very good source of calcium, iron and magnesium.
This popular, spicy root is a well-known nausea remedy for pregnancy-related illness, as well as chemotherapy and motion sickness. There is some limited evidence that it might be an effective painkiller too: treating arthritis, joint pain and muscle soreness.
Mint is helpful in treating a number of digestive ailments, but most notably irritable bowel syndrome. Peppermint oil is known to alleviate symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome.
This common baking spice is a good solution for stomach problems and seems to fight off bacteria and fungi. It’s a solid source of fiber, and, thanks to anti-inflammatory properties, could help smooth blemishes when applied directly to the skin.
This popular garden herb is rich in rosmarinic acid as well as many other antioxidants, making it fantastic against inflammation. There’s also some evidence that it stimulates the production of acetylcholine, which in turn helps boost learning and memory.
This spice can tame PMS symptoms and help with mild to moderate depression. It’s also often used to help asthma and coughs, according to WebMD and as an aphrodisiac, but there’s little research into why.
This common garden herb is full of antioxidants, like thymol, lavonoids apigenin, naringenin, luteolin, and thymonin. Antioxidants prevent cellular damage that can boost overall health and help prevent cancer, inflammation, signs of aging and more.
Tumeric, the main spice in curry and a relative of ginger, is used to treat everything from depression to liver disease to skin ailments. Tumeric has helped patients with arthritis and with heartburn.
Learn how to grow these healthy herbs in our organic garden. Get instructions on how to grow herbs outdoors or indoors, fertilizing and pruning. These fresh herb ingredients in Sattvic Fine Dining dishes are picked daily from the herbs planted there.