Four Healthy Herbs and a Spice to add to your meals

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Drying herbs for winter use.
Drying herbs for winter use. | Source
No room to plant an herb garden?  Plant your herbs in small containers for a kitchen window sill garden!
No room to plant an herb garden? Plant your herbs in small containers for a kitchen window sill garden! | Source

I have found in cooking that adding tasty herbs and spices to dishes I cook enhances the taste but also makes the meal so much more healthy. New research shows that certain herbs and spices can help to lower blood pressure, ease arthritis and slow the growth of some cancer cells.

They also help protect against such chronic conditions as diabetes, heart disease and the pain and inflammation of rheumatoid arthritis.

"Many different herbs and spices offer health benefits," said David Heber, MD, PhD, professor of medicine and director of the UCLA Center for Human Nutrition.

Herbs, like rosemary and parsley, come from plants and plant parts. Spices, like cinnamon, come from seeds, berries, bark or roots of plants. Both 'spice' up our foods and add the health benefits to our bodies.

Polyphenols, a type of plant compound, provides one of the main health benefits associated with herbs and spices. Polyphenols are also abundant in certain fruits, vegetables, teas and red wines.

Another plus for using herbs and spices in your dishes is that they enhance your foods without the extra calories and can reduce the amount of salt, fat, and sugar without sacrificing flavor. Therefore, they can help your waist-line and overall health.

I first learned about using fresh herbs in cooking from my mother who used them often when she cooked. We always had fresh basil, parsley, and mint growing in our side garden. We used fresh basil in meats and in our salads; fresh sliced tomato and mozzarella cheese salad and tomatoes, cucumbers, and onion salad. Parsley was used in almost every dish and we threw mint into lamb dishes and salads. Not only did they enhance the flavor of the food but also brought health benefits to our bodies.

Why not take advantage of eating healthier by just adding a few herbs to your meals? It is so easy to do and adds to the taste of the meal, too.

Fresh herbs are best for adding to your meals, but if not available the dried bottled spices and herbs from the grocery store are the next best thing.

Why not take advantage of both taste and health when cooking your next meal?

Here are some of the fresh herbs and spices I add to my meals on a daily basis that not only bring out the essence of the flavors of the dish I am making, but also add healthy rewards.

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Parsley

Parsley, many times, is used as a garnish on a plate of food and is ignored for its wonderful healing and healthy properties. Eating fresh parsley is a natural breath freshener. It is the world's most popular herb, native to the Mediterranean area, but easily grown here in the U.S. It is a direct relative of celery.

Parsley is easily grown at your home and is a good source of Vitamin C, iron and flavonoids, which the American Institute for Cancer Research says can help protect your body cells from cancer.

It specifically can inhibit breast cancer cell growth. The University of Missouri scientists found in their studies and experiments that animals given apigenin, a compound in parsley and celery, boosted their resistance to developing cancerous tumors.

Parsley's oils, especially, myristicin, have been shown to inhibit tumor formation in animal studies, and specifically tumor formation in lungs. It also helps to neutralize certain types of carcinogens.

Flavonoids in parsley, specifically luteolin, functions as an anti-oxidant and combines with highly reactive oxygen-containing molecules. This helps to prevent oxygen-based damage to cells.

Parsley is also a great source of folic acid, one of the important B vitamins. It also helps to prevent heart disease and diabetes.

Experts recommend adding a couple of pinches of minced fresh parsley to your food dishes daily.

Turmeric blended into vegetables adds to and enhances the taste of the veggies.
Turmeric blended into vegetables adds to and enhances the taste of the veggies. | Source

Turmeric

Turmeric, an herb native to India, stops inflammation and inhibits tumors. It is full of manganese, iron and Vitamin B6. It has been a favorite ingredient of cooks since ancient times. It comes from the root stalk of a tropical plant in the ginger family. It has been used in India to help heal wounds and is also made into a tea to relieve colds and respiratory problems.

Turmeric contains curcumin, a compound that has potent anti-oxident and anti-inflammatory properties in it. Studies show that it helps to relieve the pain of arthritis, injuries and dental procedures. The University of Arizona College of Medicine says that curcumin helps prevent joint inflammation associated with rheumatoid arthritis. Rutgers University researchers say turmeric can also slow the spread of prostate cancer.

Recently, it is being studied for its potential in managing heart disease, diabetes and Alzheimer's disease. Scientists believe it has great potential as a cancer treatment, particularly colon, prostate and breast cancer. Preliminary studies show that it can inhibit tumor cell growth and suppress enzymes that activate carcinogens.

When used in food, turmeric adds a bright golden color and a pungent flavor that is found in everything from Indian curry powder to traditional American mustard. It enhances the flavor of Southeastern Asian recipes, including curries, soups, rice and pilaf dishes, vegetables, chicken or lentil dishes. It also adds a punch to relishes and chutneys. It is great to add to sir-fried rice and vegetable dishes.

Sage is added to a butternut risotto dish.
Sage is added to a butternut risotto dish. | Source

Sage

Sage is the 'smart herb', literally. (Sorry, I just couldn't resist) It contains antioxidants and is known as a memory booster. It preserves memory and soothes sore throats. Herbalists recommend sipping sage tea for upset stomachs and sore throats.

This herb can improve some symptoms of early Alzheimer's onset by preventing a key enzyme from destroying, acetylcholine, a brain chemical involved in memory and learning. Alzheimer researchers have discovered that it is the enzymes in the brain that are causing Alzheimer and this herb helps in boosting the chemical that triggers memory and learning.

In a recent college study students, who took sage extracts in capsule form, performed significantly better on memory tests and their moods improved.

And, The University of Georgia studies suggest that sage can prevent tissue damage caused by high blood sugar and may even offer protection against cardiovascular disease.

Sage can be used with and enhances the flavor of sweet fruits, vegetables, apples, squash, sausage and cheeses.

A fresh rosemary sprig is added to lamb chops.
A fresh rosemary sprig is added to lamb chops. | Source

Rosemary

I use rosemary a lot in cooking meats and poultry because it contains fiber, iron, and calcium. It also increases blood circulation throughout the body and helps to improve digestion. It can enhance mental focus and fights food borne bacteria.

Rosmarinic acid and other anti-oxidant compounds in the herb fight bacteria and prevent meat from spoiling and makes cooked meals healthier.

A Kansas State University Study (March 2010) has researchers reporting that adding rosemary to ground beef helped prevent the formation of heterocyclic amines, (HCA's), a cancer causing compound produced when meats are grilled, broiled or fried.

Scientists from the Burnham Institute for Medical Research found that rosemary can help protect brain cells from the aging process and from damage caused by the free radicals that lead to Alzheimer's.

Rosemary is used in cooking chicken, pork, and salmon, and blends well with tomatoes, spinach and mushrooms. It is used many times in marinades for meats and poultry.

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Which is your favorite to use in cooking?

  • Parsley
  • Turmeric
  • Sage
  • Rosemary
  • Cinnamon
  • Other
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Cinnamon

I eat cinnamon everyday in something. I sprinkle ground cinnamon on my hot oatmeal and puddings. I also sprinkle some in my coffee and on my toast. Cinnamon's health benefits are that it has the highest levels of measured antioxidant activity by lowering blood pressure and lowering blood sugar in diabetes.

Cassia cinnamon is the kind most Americans use in baking and cooking. It is also the variety most researchers have used when they've studied cinnamon and diabetes. It lowers blood sugar by decreasing insulin resistance.

In one study, volunteers ate from one to six grams of cinnamon for forty days. One gram of cinnamon equals one-half teaspoon. Researchers found that cinnamon reduced cholesterol by eighteen percent and blood sugar levels by twenty-four percent.

In another study, volunteers ate cinnamon and rice pudding after a meal. These volunteers had reduced blood sugar levels.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says that cinnamon can lower cholesterol, reduce blood sugar, and slow the proliferation of cancerous cells in people with leukemia.

Saigon cinnamon (Vietnamese) is prized for its sweet and spicy taste and aroma. It is considered the finest and most flavorful cinnamon in the world. It is used in fancy coffee drinks, hot oatmeal, cookies, fruit crisps and puddings.

The main dishes it is used in are chicken, seafood, and lamb. The international cuisines that use this in their foods are Indian, Greek, Mexican, and Middle Eastern. It is an important ingredient in the popular Vietnamese noodle soup called pho.

Uses of Healthy Herbs/Spices

Herbs/Spices
Benefits
Foods
Parsley
Good source of Vitamin C, iron and flavonoids
Good used in any food
Turmeric
Manganese, iron, Vitamin B6
Used in curries, stir-fried rice and veggies
Sage
Anti-oxidants and memory enhancer
Used with sweet fruits and vegetables, apples, squash, sausage and cheese
Rosemary
Fiber, iron and calcium. Increases circulation and improves digestion
Used with chicken, pork, salmon. Blends well with tomatoes, spinach, and mushrooms
Cinnamon
Anti-oxidant, lowers blood pressure and blood sugar
Baking of cookies and cakes, hot oatmeal, (rice) puddings, coffees

A Healthy Recipe using Herbs

This recipe is from my former mother-in-law, a retired RN, who made delicious low-fat meals using herbs and spices. This quickly became one of my favorite recipes and I continue to make it today. It is easy and quick to make and so healthy. Be sure to have parsley, rosemary and tarragon on hand for this recipe as well as white wine.


Chicken in White Wine / 4 servings / preheat oven at 350 degrees


Ingredients:

2 2-pound chickens, cut up

2 teaspoons salt or enough to taste

1/4 teaspoon pepper

2 tablespoons chopped fresh (or dried) parsley

1/4 teaspoon rosemary

1/4 teaspoon tarragon

1/2 cup wine


Directions:

1. Put chicken in shallow baking dish.

2. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, parsley, rosemary, tarragon and add the wine.

3. Cover and bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.


How easy is that! The blend of the parsley, rosemary and tarragon with the chicken and wine will amaze you and taste delicious. And it is so healthy too. A whole chicken can be substituted with skinless and boneless chicken breasts and this is how I make it. The fat content of the recipe is: breast, raw, per lb. = 8.6 grams of fat.

I usually serve brown rice and steamed mixed veggies with the chicken. Delicious!

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ChitrangadaSharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

Wow! What a healthy hub!

I love the green herbs and thankfully include almost all of them in my meals.

Nicely done, informative and interesting hub. Voted up and pinned!


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM Author

ChitrangadaSharan: Thanks so much for your comments and I am so pleased you enjoyed reading this. I think all the herbs are great to include in cooking but the one's I highlighted here are ones I use on a daily basis. They add so much to food.


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Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

Oh, yes, herbs are awesome, suzzette! They certainly pack a punch of flavor and nutrition. I just recently read about Turmeric and its benefits. My husband and I put cinnamon in our coffee and I love it on so many foods! Great article. Up and more, tweeting and pinning. Have a lovely day.


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billybuc 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

We grow all of them except cinnamon. Might try it this year. Thank you!


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Ericdierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

Great Job. Hopefully we will get these growing this year.


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healthy meals 2 years ago from Europe

My favourite is cinnamon I like the sweet taste and its slightly hot aftertaste.


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thougtforce 2 years ago from Sweden

I would love to dry my own herbs but I have never tried it. Thanks for the inspiring article with video, healthy herbs and a tasty recipe too. Now I long for spring and summer!


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Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

I love and use the herbs! Rosemary is one of my favorites; even helped build a romance novel around it! You have my vote on this one!


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teaches12345 2 years ago

We have always used spices to enhance food flavor. Your list shows my favorites. And as you say, they are calorie reducers.


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM Author

Thank you, Faith. I am so pleased you enjoyed reading this and glad to hear you use herbs in cooking. So many people eat pre-processed food, and don't realize all the benefits of just cooking from scratch and using herbs. We are all busy and it is easier to just put something in the microwave and eat. I try to eat all non-processed foods and still cook from scratch. That's probably ancient in this day and age. Thanks so much for your comments and your visit. Most appreciated.


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM Author

Bill: There is nothing like fresh herbs and growing your own is so simple and easy, as you know. Cinnamon comes from the bark of a certain tree, so be ready for some tree planting this spring! LOL! Thanks so much for your visit and comments. Most appreciated.


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM Author

healthy meals: I love cinnamon, too and eat it in and on as many foods as I can. It is great for lowering high blood pressure and avoiding diabetes. Just some simple spices and herbs such as this can help our health so much. We have gotten away from using these herbs because we don't cook from scratch as much as we used to. Thanks so much for reading this and I am glad you enjoyed it.


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM Author

thoughtforce: I am so glad you found this hub helpful. If I had the room I would dry herbs myself and I found the video helpful also. Thanks so much for visiting and reading and for your comments. Most appreciated.


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM Author

Jackie: I love rosemary and use it in many meats and it is good on garlic bread. I don't make my own bread, but rosemary is so good to throw in your bread dough. What a creative idea to have written a romance novel around it - do tell where I can read it! Thanks so much for your visit, Jackie, and for your comments. Most appreciative.


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM Author

Dianna: Thanks so much for your visit and comments. I think we are of the generation that still cooks from scratch and so daily use these herbs and spices. They truly are so beneficial.


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

Great hub suzette! I tend to use herbs for drinking, and sometimes in cooking too, I have a load of herbs in a herbal cupboard that I have, so definitely will give these a try! voted up and shared, nell


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Sunshine625 2 years ago from Orlando, FL

My favorite herb that I use is oregano. It enhances the flavor of food for me. I also like all the other herbs you listed, especially parsley.


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rebeccamealey 2 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

This is an awesome article on herbs. You have encouraged me to get busy and start that spring herb garden. Thanks!


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM Author

Hi Nell! Thanks so much for your visit and share! I have used mint in drinks but not any of the others. Sounds interesting. What other herbs do you use in drinks ? Thanks so much for your comments. Interesting!


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM Author

Sunshine: I have oregano too at home but I don't use it as much. I lean toward Italian seasoning and oregano is more Greek and Middle Eastern, so I can see why you use it. It is a good one too. Thanks for your visit and I appreciate your comments.


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM Author

Rebecca: I am so pleased you enjoyed this. Spring is quickly arriving so we can start our herb gardens! Thanks so much for your visit and comments!


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mckbirdbks 2 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Thank you. I am going to be healthy in no time. If I hurry. Very imformative. Turmeric promotes liver health which is essential to everything else the body is challeged with. I may even try cinnamon in my coffee. (maybe)


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Eiddwen 2 years ago from Wales

Brilliant as always Suzette.

Well informed and so useful; saving for easy reference and voted up of course. Wishing you a great day my friend.

Eddy.


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rajan jolly 2 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

Salt addition can be reduced, if herbs and spices are resorted to and it is definitely far healthier to have less salt in food. Thanks for sharing the wonders of these herbs. We tend to use a lot of herbs and spices in Indian food on an everyday basis.

The recipe is fabulously simple. Thanks for that too.


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sujaya venkatesh 2 years ago

useful hub


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM Author

mckbirdbks: I am so pleased you enjoyed reading this. I didn't know about Turmeric and liver health so I am glad to know one more thing this herb does. Oh try a little cinnamon in your coffee. It's not bad tasting. Thanks for reading this and I enjoyed your comments.


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM Author

Hi Eddy: Thanks so much for reading this and I am glad you enjoyed it. It doesn't hurt to throw these herbs into our meals for taste and health. I hope you are having a great day and I wish you many more.


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM Author

rajan jolly: Yes, that is what is great about using these herbs is that you can reduce the salt in your cooking. Salt, literally, can be a killer. I am so pleased you enjoyed reading this. Yes, I don't eat a lot of Indian dishes, but I know they use a lot of herbs and spices in their cooking. I am glad you enjoyed the recipe. It truly became my favorite way to cook chicken - I love it. Thanks so much for your insightful comments and for reading this.


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM Author

sujaya venkatesh: Thanks so much - yes, it is a useful hub and I recommend using these herbs and others in your cooking. Thanks so much for your visit.


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marcoujor 2 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Dear Suzette,

Most helpful and informative to us all...

So funny I was humming one of my favorite S & G songs and you included it -- awesome, thanks! Hugs, Maria


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Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

Hi Suzette,

I hope you do not mind that I linked your wonderful hub here.

Blessings,

Faith Reaper


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ocfireflies 2 years ago from North Carolina

Suzette,

A spectacular hub with great information. I have recently started trying different healthy shakes and parsley and mint have been included in several of the recipes. Since I am also trying to use kale in the shakes, the mint helps to minimize the taste of the kale. V++ all the way.

Kim


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SANJAY LAKHANPAL 2 years ago from Mandi (HP) India

Thanks for sharing this valuable information.


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM Author

marcoujor: So glad you enjoyed reading this. Just a simple handful of herbs in our cooking can boost our health so much. So glad you enjoyed the music too. It is one of my favorite songs.


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM Author

Faith: You are sweet indeed. Thanks for linking this hub to one of yours. I will find one of yours to link to one of mine. I am so glad you enjoyed this hub.


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM Author

Hi KIm: so glad you read this hub and it is helpful to you. I don't eat much kale, although I know of its health benefits. Your shakes sound interesting especially with parsley and mint in them. Here's to our health so we can keep typing away here on HP!


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM Author

SANJAY LAKHANPAL: Thank you so much for reading and I am glad you enjoyed this. I am glad you found this helpful.


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phdast7 2 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

Wonderful and informative essay on herbs and spices. And I loved the pictures. I use turmeric, parsley, and cinnamon all the time, but I should and will focus on sage and rosemary as well.

I actually take a curcumin capsule a day as well as cook with turmeric. What persuaded me to do that was a magazine article in a doctor's office that talked about the incredible health benefits that Indians received because of their high consumption of curry. It made a believer out of me.

Hope all is well and that you are having lovely weather. Theresa


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM Author

Theresa: I have really made it a point to use these herbs and spices in foods I am cooking. It helps so much to prevent cancer and other ailments we get here in the U.S. I use cinnamon in coffee, puddings, oatmeal - anything I can think to throw it into! LOL. I haven't used turmeric that much, although I know it is one of the healthy herbs. And curry, I sometimes can eat, but I don't always like it in my foods. I know how much the Indians use it in there cuisines. I wish I could acquire more of a taste for it. Thanks for your visit and comments. Most appreciated.


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AudreyHowitt 2 years ago from California

I have started using more turmeric and love it! Such a useful hub!


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rajan jolly 2 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

We use turmeric and cinnamon the most, turmeric in fact in every meal.

Useful and informative hub.


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM Author

rajan: I haven't used any turmeric yet, but I plan to. I have heard so much about its healthy properties that I must try this. I love cinnamon and throw it in many foods. Thanks so much for your visit and your comments. Most appreciated.


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean

Such valuable information on these spices. I appreciate the table of benefits and uses. Thank you.


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM Author

MsDora: Thanks so much for reading this and I am pleased to see you found this valuable information. I appreciate your visit.


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ARUN KANTI 2 years ago from KOLKATA

As people are becoming more health conscious such valuable information will be appreciated by all. Thank you for sharing the useful hub.


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Anna Haven 2 years ago from Scotland

Really useful hub. I love the smell and taste of herbs and the health benefits are a big plus. Thank you. :)


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM Author

ARUN: So glad you enjoyed reading this and found it informative. We need all the healthy benefits to our food here in America that we can get. Thanks so much for your interest and comments. Most appreciated.


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM Author

Thank you Anna and I am glad you found this useful. Meals are so much better in my opinion with just using herbs and spices. Thank you for reading and for your comments.


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vespawoolf 2 years ago from Peru, South America

This makes me want to grow an herb garden! I have recently learned about the benefits of turmeric and have been using it more. I love the fragrance and flavor of rosemary and even use it in desserts sometimes. Thank you for sharing your delicious recipe!


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM Author

vespawoolf: It is great to have a herb garden. We had one the whole time I was growing up. I haven't tried turmeric but I want to because I have heard of its health benefits too. Yes, I have just recently seen some dessert recipes that use rosemary. I will have to try one sometime. Thanks for your comments. Most appreciated.


Sannel Larson 2 years ago

Great article Suzette! I use fresh herbs daily in my cooking, tea and water. Not only are they healthy but they add wonderful flavors to anything.

Thank you for your great recipe. I will try it one of these days.


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM Author

Hi Sannel: Thanks so much for reading and for your comments. I use herbs and spices in cooking and baking and they are great. It is wonderful that while adding taste they add health benefits also. The recipe is quick, simple to make, but very good. I hope you enjoy it.


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ologsinquito 2 years ago from USA

This is information that needs to get out. I think people who lived centuries ago knew that herbs and spices could keep them healthy. This seems to have been forgotten when pharmaceuticals were introduced.


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sweetpikez 2 years ago

I grew up with Filipino and Spanish way of cooking. My family loves to cook with herbs as enhancers. We usually add oregano for stew and lemon grass for soup dishes. Adding these herbs make the scent of the food really delicious.

Thanks for having this hub. This makes me appreciate herbs more.


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM Author

olgosinquito: Thank you so much for reading this and I am glad you enjoyed it. I find using herbs and spices in my meals to enhance the taste and then also having the health benefits is a plus. Yes, unfortunately, the pharmaceutical gods took control of our health and so many of the mainstream doctors don't know anything else but to throw more and more pills at us.


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM Author

sweetpikez: Yes, I have learned that the Phillipine cuisine has many Spanish dishes in it with a certain Phillipine tweak to it. I am so glad you enjoyed reading this and it is interesting to hear what herbs and spices you use in your cooking. Thanks for your visit and comments. Most appreciated.


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phdast7 2 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

Suzzette - As far as health benefits go turmeric is the real power ingredient in curry. Personally I don't care for curry very often, but I find that turmeric, much milder and a bit smokier is something I enjoy and can add to a lot of different dishes. Turmeric is an ingredient in chili and some chili powders, so I add turmeric to anything I can imagine going well with a bit of chili powder in it. Again, great hub. Theresa

P.S. Can't wait to try your chicken recipe. I do believe I smelled it while reading the ingredients list. :)


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM Author

Theresa: Thank you so much for reading this and your comments. I will have to get going and try turmeric. I have heard how healthy it is. I do like chili powder so I probably will like it. I am not a fan of curry either, but the turmeric sounds like something I would like as I enjoy the smokier taste. Glad you like the chicken recipe and it is so easy and fast to make. Enjoy!


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word55 23 months ago from Chicago

Hi suzettenaples, these are great herb and spice ideas, great research. Wondeful recipes. Thanks for sharing this miraculous info. Happy New Year!


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suzettenaples 23 months ago from Taos, NM Author

word55: Thank you for reading this and I am glad you enjoyed it. Just a few herbs and spices thrown in our foods and we have so many health benefits. Happy New Year to you also and I wish you a healthy new year.


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MartieCoetser 21 months ago from South Africa

Hi, Suzette, this is a superb hub about healthy herbs. I wish I could start a proper herb garden, preferably in a green house. Thanks for all the info and encouragement to use more herbs in our cooking :)


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vocalcoach 21 months ago from Nashville Tn.

Suzette - Thanks so much for this excellent hub on herbs. It's outstanding! This week my doctor started me on turmeric to help with inflammation in my knee and one of my fingers. I'm excited about the possibility of reduced pain. Herbs are so healthy for us.


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Patsybell 21 months ago from zone 6a, SEMO

What a delight! We can never have too many herbs in the garden and I like your healthy additions in the kitchen. Love your hub.^+


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suzettenaples 21 months ago from Taos, NM Author

Hi Martie: Thanks so much for reading this. Adding herbs and spices to our meals really does make them much more healthy. Try a mini-herb garden on your kitchen windowsill. Just planting a few pots with basil, parsley or any other type of herb can make all the difference in using fresh herbs in food. The green house idea is wonderful and you can have herbs year round. I appreciate your visit.


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suzettenaples 21 months ago from Taos, NM Author

Audrey: So glad you read this and enjoyed it. I must try turmeric - it is like the all healthy herb/spice - it is good for so many things. I am so glad to hear it is helping with your inflammation. Inflammation is what I deal with also. Thanks so much for your comments and visit.


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suzettenaples 21 months ago from Taos, NM Author

Patsybell: Thank you so much for reading and for your comments.. I am glad you enjoyed reading this. Using herbs and spices is just one small way of making our meals more healthy. I appreciated your visit.


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ismartpc 21 months ago from USA

Beautiful Blog!


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suzettenaples 21 months ago from Taos, NM Author

ismartpc: Thank so much for reading this and I am glad you enjoyed it. This is an easy way to make our meals more healthy.


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Vellur 18 months ago from Dubai

I use a lot of turmeric and cinnamon in my cooking, they add extra flavor and good for health. Great hub, useful and informative.


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suzettenaples 18 months ago from Taos, NM Author

Vellur: Thanks so much for stopping buy to read this. I am glad to hear your are using herbs as a health booster in your cooking.

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