Natural Herbs And Spices





Find details on natural herbs and spices for foods, list of all spices and how to store and use them. Know their health benefits and which spice should be avoided.

Spices and herbs have a long history of use going back five thousand years, as these are good for health. Indian spices are very popular not only in India but elsewhere also. They add flavor and nutrients to dishes without fat or calories!

Spices are derived from the roots, buds, bark and fruit of plants. Herbs are usually the leaves of certain plants.



Tips For Spices

  • Buy and store your spices in whole form, if possible. Grind or powder them in a grinder or mortar & pestle just prior to using because they rapidly lose their freshness and flavor once ground.

  • Spices should be stored in airtight containers in a cool dark place. Spices lose their potency due to heat, light, and air.

  • As a general rule follow the following guideline for storing the spices: Whole Amchur, Amchoor, Mango powder, corns: 5 years
    Other whole spices: 2 years
    Ground spices: 6 months to 1 year
    Spices kept beyond these times lose their flavor and potency.

  • Do not store spices & herbs in refrigerator, humidity will destroy them. You can store them in the freezer in tightly sealed containers.

Find details like nutrition, hotness and their use of various spices and herbs in the following pages.

Spices are very important ingredients in Indian food, both vegetarian and non vegetarian.

List of Spices



Spices & Herbs For Health

Herbs and spices have traditionally been used to treat diseases for thousands of years. The advantage of using of spices and herbs over commercial drugs is the decreased side effects. Spices such as basil, chili, oregano, ginger, garlic, fenugreek and rosemary are very beneficial to our health.

Many spices contain antioxidants that protect against cancer and heart disease. They can help control blood sugar levels. Some spices have property to fight Ecoli, listeria, staphylococcus, and fungus. It is therefore very important to replace traditional fattening seasonings like sugar, salt and fat with herbs and spices. You can replace salt with herbs such as oregano, thyme and garlic.

Safe Herbs & Spices

If you do not have any allergy form spices, then the following spices can be used:

Basil, Bay Leaves, Cardamon, Cummin Seeds, Coriander, Dill, Garlic, Marjoram, Mint, Oregano, Paprika, Parsley, Rosemary, Saffron, Tamarind, Thyme and Tumeric.

Herbs & Spices to be avoided

If you suffer from allergies and stomach irritants, then you should avoid the following spices:

Black Pepper, Cayenne and Chili Peppers, Cinnamon, Cloves, Ginger, Horseradish, Mace, Mustard and Nutmeg.



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Lesley Knowles, IP: 80.4.147.14  9:02am on Saturday, May 11th, 2013

Very good info and helpful.


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