Herbs and spices

Sometimes to get the most out of a meal you need to add a little extra twist, and in those instances we often look to herbs and spices.

There is a remarkable array of flavour and texture choices available when using herbs and spices, and the good news is that generations of chefs before you have tried out almost every combinations and have decided what works (and what doesn’t!).

For instance, we all know that rosemary complements lamb and basil goes really well with tomato.

But if you want to take your cooking to another level, its worth finding out both the taste and health benefits of a range of herbs.

Let’s take a look at some of the healthy bonuses that you can draw on when consuming some of the most delicious herbs.

Gingko – helps the brain to continue to operate normally and can slow down the progression of Alzheimer’s disease.

Chamomile – can help you get to sleep and is also helpful with treating an upset stomach.

Garlic – helps to lower cholesterol and thins blood.

Thyme – improves the operation of the immune system and eases coughs and sore throats.

Rosemary – improves blood circulation and encourages the liver to flush toxins from the body. It can also help with joint pain and relieve cold symptoms.

Mint – can help relax the mind and ease headaches. Is also very good at easing digestive problems.

So if you are feeling flat or carrying a cold, include the appropriate herb in your dinner dish to help you get back to normal.

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