May 22, 2015
Did you know that by cooking with anti-aging herbs, you could be cashing in on your own garden of youth? For those who love to cook and for those who love to eat, cooking with herbs is an essential part of the gastronomical experience as a whole. Cooking with herbs can make or break a dish. And, there are certain anti-aging herbs that have properties that make them powerful allies to longevity and health. So next time you are cooking with herbs be sure to consider these winners as an addition to your recipe.
Rosemary – Known for improving memory, rosemary has a diterpine known as carnosic acid. Another of the anti-aging herbs, rosemary contains anti-aging neuroprotective properties that may help prevent Alzheimer disease and also help with normal memory loss. Even taking several whiffs of this wonderfully scented herb can serve to enhance memory! It is also wonderful for the health of your hair. Rinsing your hair with rosemary infused water can increase luster and growth.
Thyme – Thymol, an oil that comes from thyme helps protect your cell membranes from damaging free oxygen radicals and aids in the overall function of organs. Consuming thyme can also inhibit the growth of bacteria and fungi in the body.
Tumeric – Concerned about arthritis, asthma, cardiovascular disease, hepatitis, gallbladder problems and lung cancer from smoking and other pollutants then Tumeric may be one of the anti-aging herbs for you. Just a heaping tablespoon of turmeric a day. can help. Some people eat it straight, but if you like cooking with herbs you can also try sprinkling it on potatoes, mixing it with tuna fish, or using it to spice up meat-based dishes.
Ginseng – Ginseng can boost the function of the brain, especially in older adults. It also helps to tone skin and muscle and restore sexual health and energy. It is also useful to help alleviate symptoms of menopause by relieving hot flashes and balancing hormone levels. The most common uses for whole ginseng root, ginseng tea cut, and ginseng slices are in soups and teas. Here’s a good recipe for Chicken-Ginseng Soup from All Recipes.
Ginger – Ginger root is a medicinal herb used primarily for the treatment of bloating, heartburn, flatulence, and nausea often associated with eating. It’s also used as a preventative for motion sickness and has reported benefits for relief of migraine headaches, healing burns, and alleviating the pain and inflammation of rheumatoid arthritis. When cooking with anti-aging herbs, Ginger is a great addition to dishes giving dishes a spicy flavor and lessening the needs to use salt. Ginger Tea is easy to make by simply steeping several slices of ginger root in warm water with the juice of half a lemon. It’s a great everyday detox with benefits including skin clarity.
Next time you are planing your herb or kitchen garden or thinking about the potential of anti-aging herbs, check out some of the ideas above. The Herb Society of America has more info about herbs of all kinds and how grow and use them.
As with anything you consider eating or taking as a supplement, consult you doctor if you have allergies or concerns prior to incorporating it into your diet.
Photo Credit: Rosemary – Flickr.com/Dave Nakayama; Ginger – Ellin Beltz via Wikimedia Commons