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Aromatic Herbs


Aromatic herbs and the memories that evoke

Aromatic herbs are some of the most interesting ingredients to use to transform a dish from plain to extraordinary, from regular to healthy, from simply salted to what is that exotic flavor? When you are traveling, visit an herb shop and you’ll be instantly enveloped into a richly scented culture. You’ll inhale the natural earthy scents emanating from the fresh aromatic herbs native to that area, and become familiar with the flavors that you’ll taste again and again when you eat in that region. Want a splendid souvenir? Take home some aromatic herbs and relive your trip the next dinner you plan. Or, if you haven’t done that yet, just go out and get the best quality herbs you can from your local herb shop and plan a future trip over a meal with friends.

Other uses

Many aromatic herbs are processed into tinctures, teas, powders, oils, and capsules for their health benefits and a number of other uses: in religious practices (white sage), for traditional ceremonies (turmeric root), and in lotions and perfumes (rosemary, ylang ylang). You can even make a meaningful gift for someone special when you assemble a collection of three complimentary aromatic herbs. Try cilantro, mint and rosemary. You can find aromatic herbs from an online herbal store, an open food market, street vendors or stand alone herb shops in town. Always be sure your vendor has the freshest and best quality herbs available, and take your experience to the next level by incorporating aromatic herbs into your meals, home, garden or treatment.

Turmeric

A popular herb, turmeric, can be found in almost every herb shop or fresh market and is often ground into a rich sunset yellow-orange colored powder that subtly scents your dishes. It is valued also for its renowned health benefits. It is a powerful anti-inflammatory and dramatically increases the body’s anti-oxidant capacity. Use it with fish, meat, chicken, rice and pasta dishes; add it to fresh juices, smoothies and more. Combined with fresh black pepper, its health giving properties are enhanced.
Once used mostly in South Asian and Middle Eastern cooking, turmeric is now found in a latte, a trending beverage that takes its inspiration from India’s Golden Milk. Mix it with ginger in a smoothie and you have a natural marriage of rich flavors.

Medicinal herbs

Aromatic herbs aren’t the only type of herbs; there are also medicinal herbs used for everything from treating a headache to cleansing your liver and these also will be found in your local herb shop. Smoothies are a perfect way to use herbs – nutmeg for sound sleep, clear skin, and brain health; cinnamon for reducing LDL cholesterol, regulating blood sugar, and it has natural anti-bacterial properties; mint which promotes digestion, soothes the stomach and helps relieve sinus congestion due to colds. If you’re looking for a powerfully healthy smoothie, be sure to include parsley, matcha, kale or spinach. An herb shop that goes beyond medicinal herbs into fresh plants will include these. The high nutritional content of fresh organically produced green herbs results in improved health and clearer, fresher looking skin. Try a green smoothie; you’ll find with most of them you won’t even taste the green ingredient. Most herb shops you visit will have a wide variety of products based on herbs as many people prefer to use a more natural approach in an attempt to avoid the side effects caused by many medicines. What is the difference between an herb and a spice? Herbs and spices are used in foods, but only herbs are also used for healing or decorative purposes (garlic, eucalyptus). Also, spices are generally made from the seeds or fruit (peppers, vanilla) of a plant, while herbs are typically the leaves, root, or stem (basil, lavender, ginseng). The exhilarating aroma of fresh herbs can’t be overstated or over appreciated. Any chef, healer or naturalist will advise you to go to the best herb shops and to use the freshest most naturally produced herbs for the best results whether you are cooking, treating an ailment, growing a garden, or scenting your home or workplace.

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