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Eat Herbs and Change Your Life

Updated on August 17, 2016

Rosemary sprig,thyme,basil.oregano,dried red pepper flakes

Why Salt?
Why Salt? | Source

Salt

The most commonly used condiment is the mineral salt. We use it to flavour and to preserve our food. Did you know that the over use of salt, even Kosher or sea salt can produce high blood pressure in some individuals.

Salt is also used to retain water to stop weakness from heat and dehydration. We were given salt pills in factories to keep us dehydrated in the summer hot months of July and August. This practice no longer exists. Eating salty foods such as bacon and potato chips will help a hangover from excessive drinking, because it helps dehydration caused by the alcohol. Today people are finding more ways to flavour their food rather than the use of salt.

Herbs

Thyme
Thyme | Source
Oregano
Oregano | Source
Purple Basil
Purple Basil | Source
chives
chives | Source
Rosemary
Rosemary | Source

How using herbs instead of salt will improve your health.

Thyme has a distinct sweet aromatic flavor from Southern Europe. It has been used for centuries to flavor cheese.

Thyme can be used to make tea to help aid in bronchitis and coughs. It can be used as a herb best suited in stuffing's for poultry,pork and fish. Your clam chowders, soups will be enhanced with this sweet aromatic spice. Thyme can be purchased dried or fresh in sprigs.

Oregano is used a lot in Italian/American cuisine. The oil of oregano can be purchased in vials at heath food stores.

It is said that three drops in a boiling bowl of water and leaning over the bowl shrouding your head with a towel to inhale the fumes, will help ease sinus problems. Suzzycue has tried this and it does appear to work. A drop under the tongue when first symptoms of colds or flu appear eases symptoms and even takes symptoms away. You must be careful doing this because the oil has a serious spicy flavor and can cause you to choke very easily if not chased down with a glass of water.

Oregano is best used on lamb and mutton before roasting or BBQ. Suzzycue uses oregano to marinate poultry and steaks also. It is great sprinkled over pizza,and one of the main ingredients in a Greek salad.

Basil Is also a herb used in Italian cuisine because it pairs wonderfully with tomatoes. Basil has a sweet taste and just eating the leaves can aid in digestion and help stomach disorders.

Basil can be used in pasta and it is the main ingredient in pesto. You can buy this dried and sprinkle on salads, stews, soups,roasted meats instead of using salt.

Chives are the smallest onion that you can purchase. Chives are very easy to grow in your own garden and will get a purple bloom on the top of them. They will repel insects in your garden so plant them around your tomatoes to protect them.

The stalks of chives is what Suzzycue uses in stews, diced for salads and on top of soups. They taste and even smell like onions. Every dish or omelet ,you use onions in, even frying them, you can use chives. The flavor is awesome.

Rosemary comes from the Mediterranean. It can be used as an ornamental plant in your garden. It is woody and can grow into bushes. Rosemary is said to improve your memory.

Suzzycue loves Rosemary. She puts a sprig on top of her roasting vegetables especially potato wedges ( sprinkle with olive oil and throw on the rosemary and bake until golden brown). This is great in soups, baked on fish, put into the cavity of poultry, even roasting meats. Rosemary is very aromatic and works well to infuse olive oil.

Dried Red Pepper Flakes are hot and can be used to add heat to chicken wings, fish,beef, hamburgers, even topped on pizza or salads. I have also red pepper flakes or cayenne pepper (both have intense heat) to marinate and tenderize steak. The heat from red pepper flakes is said to get rid of the bad bacteria in our stomachs that cause ulcers.

The flavors and aromas of using Rosemary and the rest of these other herbs will definitely deter your salt use. ENJOY!


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      Susan Britton 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      You go girl. Using spices instead of salt educates our taste buds but salt isn't the total bad guy people believe it to be. We would have to eat half the salt shaker to raise our blood pressure. Our blood has salt in it ,so we actually need a little salt. If you don't buy canned soups there is no problem with putting salt on your food after you cook it. Using salt marries the flavors of the dish together to take our food to the next level. I believe in moderation for everything. Thanks for your input Pegcole17 on this issue and have a great day.

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      Peg Cole 2 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      I'm trying to cut down on the salt which I seem to crave lately. Using these herbs has helped to a great extent. I love the taste of oregano and lately I'm using a lot of that for dips rather than the traditional salty prepared Ranch Dip that I love. Thanks for the important reminder.

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      Susan Britton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      You are welcome Careermommy. Thank you for your input. You will love Rosemary on fish with a bit of lemon juice and rosemary with olive oil s/p on wedge potatoes baked in the oven. Enjoy.

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      Tirralan Watkins 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      suzzycue, we're trying to eliminate salt from our diet wherever possible so this is a very useful and informative hub. I love that you added the benefits of these spices, and I'm really going to try using Rosemary more. Thank you for this great article!

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      Susan Britton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      You are so welcome Kathryn anytime. Thank you.

      @ Susan I appreciate your input. I would love pepper flakes on my sweet potatoes as well. Thank you.Enjoy your tea.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I use spices all the time and rarely add salt when cooking anything. I do have and use Himalayan sea salt, when I feel it is needed. I've never heard of using thyme for a tea before and will have to try this. When I eat baked potatoes I always pour red pepper flakes on them. Love that spicy flavor.

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Thank you so much, Suzzycue! It will add substance to my own hub, and direct others to your fabulous hub, as well! Anyone who is interested in the subject would be interested in learning more. I appreciate it!

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      Susan Britton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      That is the best compliment ever to have someone connect to my work. I am tickled pink. Thank you so much Kathryn and be my guest.

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      I love spices and seasonings, and since I have nearly cut salt out of my diet, I prefer these other ways to flavor food.

      Suzzycue, I have started a hub on condiments and spices, and I'm wondering if you would mind if I put a link to this article on it? This has a lot of good information about these popular spices.

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      Susan Britton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @ Rusticliving thank you for reading and sharing. I doesn't get better than that. I have never tried red sea salt but I only eat sea salt. I love cooking with herbs especially on meats and salads.

      @TIMETRAVELER2 if you use fresh herbs instead of dried ones ,you will get a lot more flavor. Also stay away from canned foods people don't realize how much salt is in them. Thank you for your comment.

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      TIMETRAVELER2 4 years ago

      This was very helpful for me as my family recently had to switch to low salt, low fat eating due to my husband's heart issues. I've been doing OK with the cooking, but haven't done much with herbs because every time I tried, the taste was not that good. Am bookmarking this one and thank you for the info. Voted up, of course!

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      Elizabeth Rayen 4 years ago from California

      Excellent hub and source of information on the herbs. I love getting information like this as I use herbs all the time, and the only two salts I use are Kosher and red sea salt(Hawaiian). Thumbs up and shared! ♥