Good Health Begins in the Kitchen

Before that trip to the doctor’s office, before seeing those special therapists, before trying some of the stronger herbal remedies to treat that health issue you may have, there is the every day food you prepare in your kitchen.  This is where good health starts.  Everything else is patchwork.

Culinary herbs are potent additions to your good health arsenal in the kitchen, and is one of the easiest ways to begin experimenting with herbs. Some of my favorite common cooking herbs are Rosemary, Thyme, Marjoram, and Basil.  They can all be freely added to recipes in fresh or dried form. 

Health Benefits

In addition to the wonderful taste, many are anti-oxidant rich (anti-oxidants prevent cancer and retard signs of aging), cardiac tonics (tones the circulatory system and heart), mild anti-depressant and nerve nourishers, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, natural food preservatives (food containing these herbs, especially meats, will not spoil as fast), and digestive aids.  There are many, many other culinary herbs that have similar beneficial properties, and many of them also contain loads of vitamins and minerals.

Grow Your Own!

Herbs are very easy to grow in your garden or in a pot inside the house.  They are extremely hardy and will grow even in poor soil.  You can pick up a small plant at the nursery in the Spring, and it will flourish over the Summer.  Then you’ll be able to pick the herbs fresh whenever you need them for cooking during the warm months, and you can also preserve them in a variety of ways to use over the winter.  My favorite ways to preserve them is by making herbal vinegars and honeys.

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