Herbs and Spices for Heart Health

If you asked me 20 years ago, I would not have known how healing it was to cook my own food. I learned to invest time in myself. I discovered the value of slowing down. I realized that taking time out for nourishment — the chopping, simmering, and relaxing over a home-cooked meal, was a reconnection to the life that gives us life. There are numerous studies that show these herbs and spices support heart health. They also benefit other areas of your body and mind because herbs and spices are some of our most antioxidant-rich foods left on the planet. Aside from this, they just taste good.

20 years ago, I would not have realized how much my diet was deficient in these signalers of satisfaction — because they transmit a language of balance to your taste buds which travels to your brain. And I would not have realized how much this language of balance was key to feeling fully satisfied, grounded and cravings-free.

When you return to your kitchen, you have a whole host of plant healers just waiting to support you in your wellbeing. They are another invitation to let your food be your medicine.

Studies show these herbs and spices support heart health:

  • Almond
  • Amchur
  • Black cumin seed
  • Black pepper
  • Cardamom
  • Chile
  • Cinnamon
  • Cocoa
  • Fennel seed
  • Garlic
  • Marjoram
  • Mustard seed
  • Onion
  • Oregano
  • Parsley
  • Pumpkin seed
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Sesame seed
  • Sun-dried tomato
  • Tamarind
  • Turmeric

What are your favorite herbs and spices? How do you use them?

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As a coach, writer and recovered former executive, I understand the challenges of creating a balanced, healthy lifestyle when over-scheduled. In my journey to radiant health, I created a whole health system of eating, exercise, renewal and recharging -- a roadmap toward health & vitality. I empower clients to create their own whole health systems, in their own unique ways. I have seen amazing results in working with my clients!