Did you know that culinary herbs and spices have been used for centuries in the kitchen? Many of these herbs can be used for both cooking as well as for medicinal purposes. Culinary herbs are tiny plants used in cooking. Most herbs have antibacterial properties and are also high in antioxidants. There are many types of herbs and spices on the market today. There are even oils made from some herbs. According to Monica Auslander Moreno, an adjunct Professor of Nutrition at the University of Miami, “Herbs and spices make food tastier while boosting your health.”

Herbs and spices can be used either in their fresh or dried form. Dried herbs are commonly used in the cooking process because of their concentrated flavor, and they can last longer if stored properly. It is advisable to use a tiny amount when using dried herbs. Fresh herbs are usually used towards the end of the cooking process as a garnish. Fresh herbs also need to be stored properly or they will not last long.

Apart from flavouring food, herbs and spices help fight inflammation in the body all because they contain phytochemicals. Culinary herbs and spices make it easier to cut back on unhealthy ingredients like salt. It is not good to flavor food with too much salt. Flavouring food with herbs and spices is much better.

In this post, I will share only 10 commonly used herbs and spices and their uses. 



Parsley

Parsley is a soft herb commonly used in salads and as a garnish. It is rich in Vitamin A, C and K. It is also natural diuretic. Parsley can also be found in dried form.



Chives

Chives are commonly used in salads, dips and sauces. They are also used as  a garnish. Chives have antibacterial, antiviral and antibiotic properties. Chives also help improve digestion.

Rosemary

Rosemary is a woody herb commonly used in breads and soups. It can help improve blood circulation. It also has anti-inflammatory compounds. Studies also show that rosemary supports memory and concentration.

Dill

Dill is a soft herb commonly used in salads and dips in the Middle Eastern dishes. It has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. It also helps boost digestion.

Mint

Mint is a soft herb commonly used in beverages like tea, salads and curries. It is good for regulating digestion and also helps with nausea.

Turmeric

Turmeric is a herb containing curcumin, a powerful antioxidant which supports the body’s inflammatory response. It is good to include turmeric in your daily diet. Turmeric helps the liver get rid of harmful compounds.



Garlic

Garlic is considered a natural antibiotic. It is high in sulphur which helps in the detoxification process. Garlic is believed have many health benefits including boosting immunity. It is good to include garlic in your diet.


Ginger

Studies show that ginger is good for digestion, can help reduce nausea, can help fight flu and common cold, and also helps with circulation and sweating.

Coriander/Cilantro

Coriander is a soft herb commonly used in soups, curries and salads. Its leaves are rich in Vitamin C and K. It is also rich in anti-oxidants and is packed with other minerals such as iron.

Basil

Basil is a soft herb commonly used in pesto and pasta sauces, pizza, salads. It has anti-bacterial, anti-viral as well as anti-inflammatory properties. It is a natural anti-oxidant.

If you are new to using culinary herbs in cooking, you can try experimenting with them each time you are cooking. “You should be cooking with herbs and spices regularly – and, if possible, using several at a time.” advises Moreno, a Professor of Nutrition. You can choose the best options you have. Please note that these herbs are not a substitute for medication. 

Suko