The Top 10 Healthiest Spices & Herbs

Top 10 Healthiest Spices & Herbs

Andrea Bobby

Andrea is a teacher and lifelong practitioner of Yoga. Born in Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu, India, she now resides in Ontario, Canada and offers online classes in classical Hatha Yoga. As the founder of Body Mind Light and the creator of its Online Shop, she strives to propagate the authentic, original wisdom of Yoga to the world. Read more...

24 Responses

  1. ArtByHeart says:

    I absolutely loved this post! As an Ayurvedic professional I know a lot about herbs both for medicinal use and cooking, but one can always learn more! My favourites from this list are cinnamon, ginger tumeric and garlic. I think we might both benefit from exchange of information 🙂

    • Andrea Bobby says:

      Glad to know that you enjoyed this article. I would absolutely love to exchange information and would always welcome the insight from a expert in Ayurveda!
      Looking forward to hearing from you!

  2. Diego says:

    Hi Andrea, great post. I live in Australia, was born in Uruguay but I love Indian food! I had no idea all these spices are so good for me other than the health benefits of garlic. I also love all kinds of chillies. This gives me more reasons to continue to enjoy delicious Indian food. Thank you for sharing, all the best

  3. Kevin Bulmer says:

    Hi Andrea!
    I love what you’ve shared here and I absolutely love your site! Well done 🙂
    I’ve got to get off my butt and mix Turmeric into my life. I keep seeming to run across it and as an asthmatic (it doesn’t bother me much anymore but still reminds me from time-to-time) and allergy sufferer who has battled eczema in various forms my whole life, turmeric is one thing I’ve not yet tried to lower inner inflammation and help promote healing (though I’m happy to say I’ve adopted many other things you address in your site, such as meditation and basic yoga). I appreciate the blog and look forward to seeing more.
    Keep up the great work!
    Best wishes,

    • Andrea Bobby says:

      You know Kevin, every morning, when I wake up, I sprinkle some turmeric, cinnamon, the juice of half a lemon and sometimes some honey into a cup of freshly boiled hot water. And I drink it before I’m out the door for the day. I’ve been doing this for years and it is a BOON to my entire body. Give it a shot!

  4. Maurice says:

    A very enlightening article. I appreciate the detailed review of each spice. Although I been health conscious for a while, it is good to keep learning. And I have learned a lot here. Thanks for sharing.

  5. matts mom says:

    Great list of spices and their benefits. I use garlic routinely in my cooking and I love cinnamon. I like the idea that cinnamon and cayenne pepper help with weight loss. …. sweet and spicy 🙂 After the holidays I can definitely use these. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Burt says:

    A very beneficial and overall educational experience learning about some of the benefits of these herbs and spices. I have been introduced to: Asafoetida, Cardamon, Cloves, Cumin and Fenugreek. I will be searching diligently to add these for future uses

    I am diabetic. I enjoy the fact spices besides adding flavor can help to reduce salt, sugar and fat without adding calories. Cinnamon will get more regular use with my bowl of oatmeal Garlic a regular staple will receive increased use. In fact along with planned additions, the other known five (5) will see an uptick in use.

    Overall, this is a well conceived and written post. It has open my eyes to the many potential benefits of these herbs and spices. In addition, I enjoyed the visuals. Two (2) other herbs which come to mind as recommendations are Rosemary and Basil!

  7. Elektra says:

    Great article! Herbs and spices are amazing, not only taste and smell good but also have so many health benefits. I always use them in my cooking. Even kids get used to that 😉 But I never heard about fenugreek and asafoetida, I learn something new today 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  8. Wendy says:

    Hmm, Asafoetida. I’ve heard of this but never tried it. As I am going into a detox, in the sense of just getting the junk out of my diet and cutting out the stuff I don’t want, like sugar, bread etc, this post is timely. Great info Andrea. Thanks!

  9. Eliane says:

    Great article!

    As a Brazilian, I was brought up having lively family reunions around delicious meals. Some of the spices and herbs you described here played a huge part in those dishes.

    Garlic, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves are some of them.

    Not to mention the regular use that my parents made out of garlic and ginger to cure colds and sore throats.

    I loved to learn more about all of them.

  10. Penelope says:

    I looooove having a blend of these spices in all of my meals. Doesn’t always happen, but it just means I need to eat more Indian food!

    Have you heard that Tumeric is more effective if cooked with fat and black pepper? I feel like someone told me that once – that they work synergistically. Just wondered about your perspective on that, thanks 🙂

  11. Great post. thanks for sharing.

  12. I’ve been looking for ways to incorporate more healthy ingredients in the food I serve to my family and I wondered if there are any herbs I should focus on. I found it very helpful when you stated that ginger is very known for lowering cholesterol and blood sugar among many things because my mother always had recipes that included ginger, especially helpful that there’s not much of a needed amount per serving. I’ll be looking for healthy food recipes I can look for that include more healthy herbs while taking your article into account. Thank you so much!

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