These Herbs Pack a Tasty Health Punch

RosemaryHerbs are a wonderful way to spice up any dish without extra calories or sodium. Not only are herbs tasty, but they are also great for your health. Get the most health punch out of your herbs by using fresh ones.

Rosemary

Rosemary’s distinct, woodsy smell is actually good for you. Go ahead and take a big whiff as you chop up this herb. Adding rosemary to your favorite dish, such as beef or roasted potatoes, can help elevate your mood and improve your memory.

Basil

Basil is packed with vitamin K and magnesium, both great for healthy bones and getting a good night’s rest. It’s not hard to add basil to your diet since it is absolutely delicious in pesto. Try adding basil to any tomato-based dish or on your turkey sandwich.

Dill

Thousands of years ago, dill was used by the Egyptians as a pain killer, while the Roman soldiers believed dill helped heal wounds. You can also count on dill to help with indigestion. Add dill to light dishes, such as chicken, fish, vegetables, and yogurt-sauces.

Oregano

Oregano is a natural antibiotic and anti-inflammatory herb. It can help reduce inflammation from joint pain and arthritis. Oregano is also high in vitamin K, iron, and fiber, which are all important to overall health.

Mint

Mint is not a very common herb used in dishes, but it has a lot of wonderful qualities. It helps aid digestion and can even remedy nausea and headaches. For those who have trouble breathing, such as those with asthma, a small amount of mint can act as a relaxant. Try adding mint to smoothies or Greek-style dishes.

Have a hard time keeping fresh herbs around all the time? You can save money and time by growing your own herbs or by freezing fresh herbs with water as ice cubes.

Always consult your primary care physician prior to implementing any dietary changes.

 

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