While you’re feeding yourself foods that you know will help your body do its job of detoxifying itself, remember that herbs are a fantastic and flavorful way to get that job done. Culinary herbs make foods better, they liven up soups, salads, sandwiches, meats…everything really. Here’s a few delicious herbs that will not only make your food taste better; they’ll help heal what ails you!
Coriander/cilantro: Loaded with micronutrients and fiber, coriander is also a handy source of magnesium, potassium, sodium, calcium and vitamins such as beta-carotene. In India, coriander is known for its anti-inflammatory qualities and is used abundantly for stomach problems. Cilantro is known for its ability to chelate heavy metals to help the body eliminate them.
Turmeric: Rich in chemical compounds called curcuminoids (of which curcumin is the most beneficial.) Curcumin is an anti-inflammatory agent (which means it’s helpful for arthritis among many other conditions) and an antioxidant. Additionally, it helps the body absorb other antioxidants. Curcumin improves the ability of the lining of the blood vessels to function correctly – which means it may actually reverse cardiovascular disease. Golden milk is a delicious way to enjoy turmeric before bed; try this recipe and see for yourself!
Rosemary: Fresh rosemary has a very high reserve of vitamins such as vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin B6, thiamin, folate, as well as minerals like magnesium, calcium, and iron. It has abundant antioxidants, too. Consuming rosemary regularly can help grow healthy hair, improve memory and brain function, reduce stress, and improve the health of the liver. Here’s a great way to make Brussels sprouts delicious and even more nutritious – add some rosemary!
Cardamom: Black cardamoms help in curing colds and cough and certain respiratory problems. Due to its strong aroma, it helps in activating our taste and sensory elements and thus, aid digestion. This enables the secretion of enzymes effective for digestion especially if consumed after heavy meals,” says Dr. Tyagi. Cardamom is good for curing stomach problems like indigestion, gas and constipation. Cardamom contains chemicals that are known to increase the movement of food through the intestine. Check out this recipe that uses both cardamom and gives a callback to our friend from earlier, turmeric.
Fennel: Fennel seeds may relax muscles in the intestines, which can help relieve constipation. Soothing muscles in the stomach and intestines helps to relieve gassiness that’s from constipation or acid reflux. In cases of the stomach flu, fiber helps to bulk up and treat watery diarrhea which helps to slow down and prevent loose or runny bowel movements.