I’ve always believed that good health is a product of three things: loving yourself, focusing on the right thoughts, and focusing on the right food. For all the years that I have taught, spoken, and written about positive affirmations and loving yourself, I’ve also been studying and applying nutritional practices focusing on anti inflammatory foods and herbs and spices that support my health, energy, and vitality. When people ask me why my skin is so vibrant or how I can still travel, teach, and enjoy life to the fullest, I tell them that it has to do with the right thoughts AND the right food.
It is time to get back to the Earth, and nourish our bodies with what nature provides. Here is a list of common herbs and spices that you can add to your meals, many of which are flavor and anti-inflammatory super-stars in bone broth finishers, elixirs, and drink recipes in my new book, The Bone Broth Secret, which I wrote with my good friend, Heather Dane.
Salt & Pepper: Nature’s Power Team
Sea salt and black pepper or white pepper work with any healing herbs and spices. They tend to show up in just about every recipe, and for good reason!
Benefits of sea salt or Pink Himalayan Salt
These types of salt add flavor and enhance the flavors of the ingredients in a recipe (a little goes a long way). These natural salts add important trace minerals. If you study minerals, you’ll find that they’re the body’s spark plugs, giving us energy. Yet they also keep us anchored and rooted, helping us stay grounded and calm. This is helpful when making food with the sweet taste because it keeps the body in balance.
9 Healing Herbs for Greater Health
You can pretty much combine any of these herbs and you’ll get a great taste. Remember, if you’re just starting out using herbs and spices, start with a small amount (like 1 ⁄ 8 tsp.) and sample your dish after each addition.
Here are some common anti inflammatory herbs and their health benefits:
Benefits of Basil
Basil is a herb that has been shown to have beneficial properties for type 2 diabetes, cholesterol, pain, stress, ulcers, and high triglycerides.
Benefits of Bay Leaf
Bay leaf is great for joint pain, indigestion, ulcers, and arthritis; treating cancer; regulating cholesterol and triglycerides, as well as blood sugar; and can even repel mosquitoes for up to two hours.
Benefits of Dill
Dill provides great flavor for fish, vegetable dishes, and dressings. It can support healthy digestion, aid in bone density, and create a calm energy.
Benefits of Lemongrass
Lemongrass offers a hint of sour flavor to balance out a dish; we use it in pâtés, desserts, and other recipes. Lemongrass is an anti-anxiety remedy and has been shown to have beneficial effects for type 2 diabetes, epilepsy, insomnia, cancer, cholesterol, thrush (oral candida infection), high triglycerides, and vaginal yeast infection.
Benefits of Mint
Mint is wonderful for digestion, anxiety, fatigue, nasal congestion, menopause, menstrual cramps, and allergies.
Benefits of Rosemary
Rosemary has been shown to reduce anxiety, alleviate pain in arthritis, and help lower blood sugar. It also helps protect your skin from the sun’s UV radiation. Keep a sprig of rosemary within reach when you are studying or need to memorize a lot of information, as rosemary’s smell is said to be a memory enhancer.
Benefits of Sage
Sage has been shown to support memory, the heart, and the skin. It also benefits herpes, cancer, ulcers, psoriasis, and eczema.
Benefits of Tarragon
Tarragon is a good source of antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins A, B complex, and C. It can help with heart and eye health, and reducing blood sugar levels.
Benefits of Thyme
Thyme is a very flexible herb that we use almost daily in our kitchens. It’s been shown to be anti-aging and good for the heart, colds, colitis, bacterial infections, and ulcers.