Herbs

Definition: What are herbs? In the culinary arts the word herb refers to any green or leafy part of a plant used for seasoning and flavoring a recipe, but not used as the main ingredient.What exactly does this mean? Here’s an example. Spinach is the green part of a plant, but spinach is a vegetable, not an herb, because spinach is prepared as a food itself, not merely to add flavoring to another food. Similarly, a leaf of lettuce is the green part of a plant, but when you make a salad, the lettuce is the main ingredient, so lettuce isn’t an herb either.So what is an herb? Examples of herbs are basil, parsley, rosemary, thyme and dill. Note that for each of these, we’re talking about the green or leafy part of some kind of plant. In the case of basil, the leaves can be quite large, whereas rosemary leaves or more like spines. Still, they’re the leafy or green part of the plant and thus an herb.

So what exactly is the difference between an herb and a spice? We already know that an herb is the green part of a plant used for seasoning or flavoring. A spice is pretty much anything else — for instance, any dried bark, root, berry, seed, twig or other plant matter that is used to season or flavor a dish. Examples: Cinnamon is the bark of a tree. Cardamom is a seed pod. Allspice is a dried berry. Cloves are dried flower buds. These are all examples of spices. Note too that spices are used in dried form while herbs can be used either fresh or dried.

Increase the Health of Your Lunch: Add Healing Herbs to Raw Salads

The issue of treating illnesses while following a raw food diet concerns many individuals who prescribe to this lifestyle. Are the medications that your doctor prescribes raw? How will they interact with your body? With so many chemicals, modern medications may be as harmful as they are helpful.

Many raw food dieters have taken to adding healing herbs to their meals in order to keep their health in top shape. While this in no way should take the place of the recommendations of a trained, licensed healthcare professional, introducing healing herbs to your meal plan may help keep you healthy.

One great way to add healing herbs to your diet is to add them to raw salads. Not only will the texture of the herbs often blend well with the leafy components of the meal, the herbs can be used to create delicious new flavors.

What Healing Herbs Can You Add to Your Salad?

Some recipes advise cooking herbs before consuming them, which does not hold with the raw food lifestyle. Herbs can be used, but make sure that you do a bit more research about the individual herbs you are looking to eat before adding them to your meal.

Here is a list of herbs that you can add to a raw salad to improve your health:

Alfalfa: Alleviates symptoms of diabetes and arthritis, purifies the blood, and acts as a mild
stimulant. Alfalfa, which contains eight essential amino acids, also acts as a diuretic and can
reduce infection in the urinary tract system.

Basil:
Acts as an antiseptic, fungicidal, digestive aid, and antibacterial.

Chives:
Possess antiseptic properties.

Cilantro: Acts as a digestive aid and diuretic. Also contributes to detoxification by the removal of heavy metals.

Dill: Alleviates symptoms of gastro-intestinal issues.

Garlic: Has antibacterial, antiseptic, antifungal, antiviral, and anti-parasitic properties.

Ginger: Functions as a digestive aid and tonic.

Mint: Performs antiseptic and cleansing functions.

Oregano: Provides antimicrobial and antiviral properties.

Parsley: Acts as a diuretic and tonic.

Rocket: Also known as arugula, rocket is a great raw salad base.

Rosemary
: Functions as an antiseptic, antimicrobial, and diuretic.

Thyme: Possesses antiseptic and antimicrobial properties.

Boost Your Health

By adding these healing herbs to your raw salads, you can boost your body’s health while enhancing the flavor profiles of your diet. Herbs often have strong flavors, so experiment with them to determine which ones best complement your favorite salad recipes!

 

 

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