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  • Writer's pictureGabi Dimitrova

My 10 must-have spices and herbs

Having a daily dose of the world’s healthiest spices and herbs is essential to good health. Every spice and herb come with their own amazing health benefits! It's truly such a beautiful experience to learn about herbal medicine and its' healing properties. When I first started cooking, I felt a bit overwhelmed because I didn't really know what to use and when to use it. Now, seasonings are one of my favorite moments of creating a meal. This is definitely where my relationship with the kitchen grew tremendously.

1. Garlic powder can be added to almost any dish. I highly recommend using garlic powder if you have difficulty digesting fresh garlic. If you don't, add in both like I do! It contains amazing medicinal properties and is highly nutritious. Additionally, it can fight the common cold and regulate blood pressure.

2. Ginger has a bit of a zingy spice taste and adding just a tiny bit brings in so much flavor to your dish. For example, it can be used in stir-fry, tea, baked goods, tofu, and salad dressings. It's packed with medicinal properties, helps with nausea, may reduce menstrual pain, and can aid in fighting infections.

3. Cayenne pepper is a powder form of a chili pepper. Cayenne pepper (pepper in general) activates your circulatory system + this is important because it increases your blood flow and the speed at which your immune cells will fight off infections.

4. Turmeric has a very mild taste and is mostly used to bring in color to dishes. Most importantly, it fights inflammation. I discovered the power of this magical spice when my mom got diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. Black pepper enhances the anti-inflammatory effects of turmeric in the body so make sure you are using both together to get the anti-inflammatory benefits of turmeric. I usually add it to tofu, soup, rice, and tempeh.

5. Cinnamon is a warm spice with a kick of sweet and woody taste. It has anti-fungal, anti-viral, and anti-bacterial properties. It can also reduce high blood pressure and help alleviate digestive discomfort. I add it to banana bread, oatmeal, toast, and coffee.

6. Cumin has a nutty taste with an earthy flavor. This spice helps control blood sugar, fights bacteria, and has antioxidants. It is also known to improve digestion and fight the common cold. I love adding it to add it to hummus, beans, and burgers to name a few.

7. Paprika is derived from dried and then grinded red peppers. It has a bit of a mild but sweet taste and a beautiful red color. Paprika is extremely rich in minerals and vitamins and is an amazing antioxidant. You can throw it on eggs, potatoes, meat, rice, and more.

Fresh herbs:

8. Parsley has a bit of a bitter and earthy taste. You can add it in soups, burgers, potatoes, salads, and dressings. It is rich in vitamin C and chlorophyll and may improve bone health.

9. Cilantro is by far one of my favorites to add on top of warm dishes. It's definitely an herb that you either love or hate. I was blessed to have the good gene. It has anti-inflammatory benefits, aids in removal of toxic heavy metals, and can boost your overall health. It can be added to tofu, eggs, sauces, burgers, and more.

10. Thyme has a very floral and earthy taste. I add it to rice and potatoes. It contains chemicals that aid in fighting infections, packed with vitamins and minerals, and also has anti-inflammatory properties.

Honorable mention: RED PEPPER FLAKES. If I could marry red pepper flakes, I would.



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