Food As Medicine. Choices as Management. Lifestyle as Prescription.
Food As Medicine: Part I Herbs & Spices
To have a better understanding of what's mixed in or on top of our food allows us to control and better our mood and the things that are moving through. Here's a short and to-the-point rundown of some herbs that can be regularly used and ones which are medicinal medicines in Ayurveda. The benefits are great and might even be having you say Hallelujah a time or two.
This particular blog begins a 4 part series to elaborate on the topics of Food as Medicine, Choices as Management, & Lifestyle as Prescription.
First, we might ask the simple questions of what do herbs & spices do? And the first go to answer may be flavor of course! Spicing up our food to make it taste better, to enhance the flavors and bring them about in a colorful and aromatic way, and to bring about even a nutrient or two. Herbs and spices can be either fresh or dried. Depending on where they are from on the plant determines what they are and why.
For example cilantro, mint, sage, thyme, and rosemary are the leaves and leafy greens of a plant. This makes them an HERB.
HERBS = Leaves and green of the plant.
The non-leafy part such as the stem, roots, bark, bulb, flowers, or seeds are called spices. Cinnamon, ginger, turmeric, and pepper are examples of these.
SPICES = Non-leafy parts of the plant.
Now let us take a deeper look to distinguish the benefits of these flavor enhancers. Herbs and spices have natural properties that can help assist the body in it’s own defense mechanism to prevent disease, boost immunity, enhance energy, and cleanse the body. These powerful plants, that work on a medicinal level, have the ability to eliminate illness and symptoms that may arise.
Herbs and spices can be used both creatively in our cooking process and objectively to enhance different dishes. They can also be used, through practical application, to assist in optimizin the health of an individuals mind and body. The primary action of herbs and spices, used from a medicinal standpoint, stimulate particular organic functions to directly eliminate excessiveness or bring strength to deficiencies. The potency of the plant has the power to play the role of preventative medicine in our health and well-being.
Below are 4 spices and 4 herbs that could be added to your cooking cabinet if not already there and even boost your medicinal supply of natural remedies.
“Ayurvedic medicine is founded on the understanding that illnesses are due to a weakness in the body that allow for a disease to take hold in the first place. Therefore, if one were to stay in perfect health, they would be essentially immune to the sicknesses that might plague others around them. Ayurvedic herbs are designed to help support the body’s natural functioning and healing. In this way, Ayurvedic herbs build strength so that your body can do the natural healing it was made to do.”
-Dr. John Douillard
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