9 Herbs and Spices With Proven Health Benefits

9 Herbs and Spices With Proven Health Benefits

Even when our food choices aren’t the best, herbs and spices do more than just improve taste.  They give any meal a nutrition boost.  And according to a new study they may even reverse the damage from an unhealthy meal.

Researchers from Penn State University cooked up coconut chicken, cheese bread and a dessert biscuit for six men. The subjects were aged 30 to 65 and overweight but otherwise healthy.  On one day the meal was served plain.  On another day researchers added two tablespoons of a blend of nine herbs and spices to the meal.

After each meal the researchers drew blood from the subjects every 30 minutes for four hours.  They found that antioxidant activity in the blood increased 13% after the spicy meal compared to the plain meal.

The spices and herbs also decreased post-meal insulin levels by 21% and triglyceride levels in the blood by as much as 31%.  That in turn could reduce heart disease risk.

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The Powerful Healing Qualities of Rosemary Essential Oil

There is something simply enchanting about the herb rosemary. Perhaps it is the the aromatic woodsy fragrance and the simple beauty of it’s feathery fronds. Or perhaps it is the delicate taste that rosemary lends to soups, stews and brewed teas.  For me, it is the powerful healing qualities of rosemary essential oil.

WHAT IS ROSEMARY?

Rosemary is a lovely shrub-like green plant with pale blue flowers and long, needle-like leaves. The aromatic leaves and part of the flowers are used to produce essential oil.  Although native to the seaside regions of North Africa and the Mediterranean, today rosemary grows in other parts of the world and is quite prolific.

The Powerful Healing Qualities of Rosemary Essential Oil   Backdoor Survival

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6 simple cancer protection strategies

Cancer PreventionSome of the most potent cancer protection strategies are ultimately the simplest. To maintain the integrity of your DNA you just need to optimize your body’s detoxification system to neutralize many of the chemical threats from our food supply and environment.

How well does your liver work?

Dangerous toxins are lurking in personal care items and cleaning products including, laundry soap, dishwashing detergents, kitchen cleaners and baby products. Pesticides used in and around the house; the water coming into your home; volatile organic compounds from carpet and upholstery – all are among the products that are implicated in causing cellular damage. And, let’s not forget, processed foods we consume.

Environmental toxins are a major cause of cancer – they damage DNA and can activate cancer-causing genes, which would otherwise have remained dormant. You can do your best to avoid these, but it’s impossible to eliminate them completely.

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16 Health Benefits of Rosemary

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Rosemary is a Mediterranean herb with needle-like leaves and pink, blue, or purple flowers. The word “rosemary” comes from the Latin words ros (meaning “dew”) and marinus (meaning “sea”). (more…)

Boost Your Memory and Heart Health With Rosemary

Rosemary is a great herb for memory.

Rosemary is often added to recipes dedicated to those that did not survive breast cancer for “remembrance”.

William Shakespeare even wrote in the play Hamlet, “There is rosemary, and that is for remembrance”.

Not too long ago we had some random spring snow here in Seattle, and whenever the sun is not shining (almost all the time) I am drawn to the garden for some sort of UV-free inspiration.

Well everything in my garden was pretty much dead and critically untended to at the time (who am I kidding it still is). The only thing that wasn’t dead were my pots of rosemary growing wildly huge and out of control. (more…)

Discover the many health benefits of the herbal spices rosemary and thyme

As a previous article noted, the popular Simon and Garfunkel song of years gone by had a famous line which included four very healthy herbal spices. Besides the first two herbs (parsley and sage) featured in a previous article, rosemary and thyme also have a host of health benefits – which are detailed below:

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Singing the Praises of Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme

Those of us who go back a few years likely remember the line about parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme in the huge Simon and Garfunkel hit song about two ill-fated lovers, “Are You Going to Scarborough Fair”. Many have speculated that the reference to the four popular herbs was due to their use in Medieval Europe to help cleanse the air and ward off the infamous black plague. Others have thought that the reference to the four herbs was because the combination may have been used as a love potion.

Whatever the reason for their inclusion in the popular song, the many health benefits of those four popular spices make them a herbal health quartet worth loving and singing praises about in their own rights.

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