“Most spices come from plant fruits, as is the case for mace, nutmeg, black pepper, and cardamom. Cinnamon comes from the bark of a shrubby tree, and ginger comes from the underground rhizome of a plant. Herbs, in the culinary sense, are leaves of plants that can be used either fresh or dried to season food.” More broadly, it seems that spices are anything but the leaves and herbs are the leaves. And, that the two words are often used interchangeably.
Here are some everyday herbs and why they might be good for you. As with many things, excessive use of something that is good for you can be a problem, so use in moderation -- as an accompaniment to a healthy meal, for example
Rosemary might be good for heart health, indigestion, and memory function. When applied topically (as an essential oil) it can help reduce muscle and joint In fact, the ancient Greeks applied it topically to treat cancer
Parsley is high in antioxidants and has heart healthy effects through reducing high blood pressure.
Thyme can kill bacteria and help to ease bronchial ailments.
Basil Is rich in flavonoids which prevent cell damage from both radiation and oxygen and is an excellent source of vitamins.
Cilantro is known for its ability to pull toxins from the body.
Mint is good for promoting digestion and its aroma is good for providing relieve in respiratory disorders resulting from asthma and colds.
I often forget to add fresh herbs to my cooking. When I do, I am always rewarded with a delightful dining sensation, how nice to know that I am also doing something good for my body!
Holistic Health Coach