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Using Herbs and Spices to Support your Health

by Holli Young |

Herbs are usually leaves or stems and more of a ‘seasoning’, and spices are usually derived from bark and are more of a key ingredient within a dish.

As well as adding flavour and taste to foods, herbs and spices can help with stress, poor digestion, inflammation, circulation and immunity problems and many more.

They are used in other parts of the world as the main (and sometimes only) therapeutic agent or medicine. In this article, i'm going to focus on herbs and spices to support digestion and reduce inflammation.

Herbs and spices to support digestion

Good digestion is essential for the body to function properly. Signs that it is out of balance include irregular or loose bowel movements, excessive wind, aches, acid reflux and bloating.

Try... ginger, basil, mint, cinnamon, coriander, cumin, dill, horseradish, thyme, black pepper and nutmeg.

Herbs and spices to reduce inflammation

Inflammation is a natural and necessary response in the body, but when there is an imbalance leading to too much inflammation, this can contribute to various health problems such as inflammatory skin disorders like eczema, heart problems, depression, pain such as arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease and many more.

Try... Turmeric, ginger and black pepper.

Ideas

Maybe you already use some in your cooking? Such as basil with tomatoes or some dill with fish.

The Pukka teas are great for their use of herbs and spices and are now found in most supermarkets as well as health food shops and online. They have the full range at the Wishing Well! They are a great alternative to black tea.

The Schwartz website contains lots of ideas and recipes for using them to add flavour to dishes.

A traditional curry contains many spices and if you use a vegetable oil for frying and use chicken, fish or lentils rather than red meat, plus lots of vegetables it can also be healthy meal.

The book cooking with Herbs and Spices: The Complete Guide to Aromatic Ingredients and How to Use them; February 2014 is a great introduction with lots of lovely recipes.

If you would like to book a nutrition consultation with Amy Worboys then please contact the Wishing Well.