Many of us have a shelf full of all kinds of herbs and spices, although most of them we don’t even know what they are, what they can be used for and what positive effects they have on our health.
There are herbs that are also medicinal plants, as their positive effects on our health greatly help our body to function properly. If we eat them regularly or cook with them, we can build up our immune system without any special attention. Let’s take a look at some of the herbs and spices whose health benefits we can try out in our next cooking session!
It has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties and is a rich source of magnesium.
How to use: This popular Italian herb blend is great with pesto, white meats, fruit or potatoes.
Reduces cholesterol, has analgesic properties and contains vitamin A.
How to use: in moderation. The pungent flavour can be a good base for vinegar-based sauces, marinades and works well with meats.
Contains iron and calcium and neutralises cancer-causing cells.
How to use: this aromatic herb is best with salmon, but is also excellent with a variety of vegetables (especially carrots and cucumbers). When mixed with natural yoghurt, it makes an excellent salad dressing.
Contains fibre, iron and calcium. It helps blood circulation and improves digestion.
How to use: excellent for a variety of roasted meats (e.g. chicken, pork and salmon), but also great for flavouring sauces. The flavour goes well with tomatoes, spinach and mushrooms.
An antioxidant plant and improves memory.
How to use: the slightly peppery flavour of sage is great with sweet fruits and vegetables. It makes an unrivalled pairing with apples.
Two teaspoons of thyme contains more than half of your daily requirement of vitamin K, which protects cell membranes.
How to use: use with beans, eggs and vegan dishes. Try it with lamb. Combine well with parsley.
An excellent source of manganese, iron and vitamin B6. Its antioxidant content is outstanding.
How to use: this colourful spice is most commonly used in curries, but can also be mixed with vegetables and rice.
Contains vitamins K, C, A and folic acid. It is excellent for boosting the immune system in winter.
How to use: this versatile herb is excellent with pasta dishes, fish and chicken, or mixed with potatoes. If you like the taste, add it to all your dishes.