One of my very favorite parts of autumn is the slew of aromas that are so specific to the season. The warming spices, cinnamon, curries, pumpkin — there’s something so comforting about these scents. Interestingly, the herbs and spices we come to rely on for flavoring our fall cooking have some incredible health benefits.
Grab them fresh or from your spice rack and get cooking with these eight popular autumn herbs and see how they improve your health.
Not only is oregano full of antibacterial properties, but it contains a load of iron, manganese, vitamin K, and other antioxidants. Just a little bit of fresh or dried oregano is good for improved immunity and adds zesty flavors to ordinary dishes for extraordinary taste.
Ginger is another immunity-booster — and one that can help improve your circulation too. It’s helpful for digestive troubles and adds aromatic flavors to your food. Take your veggie noodle soup and jazz it up with an Asian feel from this zesty spice. You can even make ginger tea with it, which is perfect for getting cozy on a chilly night.
Add a warm and appealing flavor and aroma to your dishes. Sage is potent, so you won’t need much. You’ll also love just a little of it with extra virgin olive oil and zucchini pasta to create a restaurant-worthy dish even on your busiest night of the week.
Piney and lemony, rosemary has such a relaxing aroma. It’s also antiseptic and great for your health. There are so many ways to cook with fresh or dried rosemary. You can even infuse olive oil with rosemary to make your favorite dishes. It’s excellent with all kinds of vegetables, and nothing compares to fresh-baked rosemary bread!
Help kick heavy metals to the curb with naturally detoxing cilantro. It’s great for finishing off dishes, especially from Mexican and Asian cuisines.
Along with sage and rosemary, thyme is great for your immunity while also having antifungal properties. It’s lovely in soups and stews and enhances the flavor of just about any roasted vegetable.
Often found in Middle Eastern, Asian, and Mexican cuisines, cumin helps with digestion, and features plenty of iron. Bland beans come alive with cumin as do stews and even something as simple as roasted potatoes.
With antibacterial properties, paprika is ideal for skin concerns. It packs a bit of heat and adds more depth to your dishes. Made from the skin of bell peppers and hot peppers, it gives flair to your foods. Smoked paprika is another option, one that lends even more complexity for vegetables.
Skip the salt and shake on more seasoning from these autumn herbs. You’ll get better flavor and help boost your health all in one!