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New to cooking with herb and spices? This post will help you create delicious dishes using herbs and spices that you probably have in your cupboard.
Not only are herbs and spices tasty, but are rich in vitamins and minerals that you and your family need everyday. Therefore, to reserve the healthy benefits, add most herbs near the end cooking.
The herb and spice list below shows the uses in vegetables, seafood, meat and poultry, soups and sauces, dairy, legumes and grains, and fruit and desserts.
Basil, fresh or dried
Chives. fresh or dried
Cilantro(herb), fresh or dried
Coriander (seeds), dried
Dill(herb), fresh or dried or (seeds), dried
Marjoram, fresh or dried
Oregano, fresh or dried
Parsley. fresh or dried
Rosemary, fresh or dried
Sage, garden, fresh or dried
Tarragon, fresh or dried
Thyme, fresh or dried
Many symptoms connected to colds and flus are effectively treated with this tiny berry. Coughs, fevers and sinus infections all bow to elder’s healing touch. This makes elderberry a rare herb as it not only prevents infection but also treats the infection after it’s taken hold.
Elder is an important herb for the immune system, but it needs to be used as a daily supplement. Elder constituents do not cling to the tissue, which means daily treatment is not only safe but necessary to block viruses. It doesn’t overtax the immune system or cause imbalances in the digestive tract that allow yeast infections to take hold, either, making it safe for daily consumption.
Elderberry is best for flu and symptoms of flu. It stimulates the immune system.
Elderberries are packed with nutrients including minerals like iron, potassium, phosphorus, and copper, as well as vitamins A, B, and C, as well as dietary fiber. This powerful berry is antiviral, anti-inflammatory, diuretic, astringent, and alterative.
Use elderberry for:
Taking your daily medicine as this syrup is not like taking other medicines at all. This syrup is delicious and you won’t have to hold your family down to get them to take it.
You start with the basic ingredients and then you can add the options if you wish. I like to make ours with elderberries, elderflowers, and ginger. But the other options make your syrup even better and more healing. I add rose hips when the flu season is on. When my husband gets a deep “bronchial” cough, I add elecampane root.
Calendula is an annual plant with cheerful orange or yellow flowers that blooms in the spring. Every gardener should grow calendula, not only for the color, but also for the herbal properties of the flower.
Uses: wound healing, burns, stings, varicose veins, thrush, gastritis, painful periods, inflamed and ulcerated conditions, warts and corns (sap), and callouses.
Preparation Methods: creams, salves, infused oils, essential oil, herbal tea, tincture, and poultice.
Caution: Avoid during pregnancy, may cause allergic reactions, people sensitive to ragweed or other plants in the daisy family.
Milk thistle seeds has many benefits to the liver! Your liver is what does a great deal of the detoxing in your body and when your liver isn’t in top notch condition, this can affect the whole body.
Any detox plan you undertake should always have your liver in mind. Milk thistle is also great for your digestive system, so you can help your liver remove toxins from within your body, and then allow your digestive system to kick them out of your body. The active compound in milk thistle is called silymarin, a natural liver protector and supporter. Who doesn’t need some of that in their life?! The seeds of this plant have been used for at least 2,000 years to help protect health cells in the body, encourage the production of new cells, and stop inflammation in the body, especially of the liver.
Milk thistle extract is so powerful; it may actually help those with liver diseases.
How to use milk thistle seeds
There are several ways to use milk thistle seeds, they can be prepared and taken:
Common Names: Bay Laurel, Sweet Bay, True Laurel
Botanical Name: Laurus nobilis
Bay Leaves, there are two popular types — Mediterranean and Californian.
The Mediterranean is milder in flavor. Bay leaves are usually used dry to reduce some of their bitterness, but can be used fresh too. Commonly used in classic chicken soup, some compounds in bay leaves may help relieve upset stomachs.
Lisa Ray, Herbalist