Eat Your Medicine

Enjoy these herb-enhanced recipes, full of great taste and good health.

| May/June 2004

Taking your medicine is much more fun when you include herbs as featured stars of your healthy diet. Although it can be difficult to eat enough herbs to reap a medicinal benefit for chronic health conditions, almost all culinary herbs have antioxidant effects (among many other benefits), so it’s nice to know you’ll be fending off disease while enjoying one of these tasty herbal recipes.

We hope these recipes will inspire you to incorporate herbs into your favorite dishes. For example, try oregano-rich tomato sauce on a pizza with sliced tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, garlic and basil leaves. Or, if you like things spicy, add an extra sprinkle of cinnamon to your oatmeal, citrus zest to your pancake batter or cayenne powder to a baked potato. In this article, we’ll discuss garlic, ginger, turmeric, shiitake mushrooms and cranberry. Other good, easy-to-use herbal choices include basil, nutmeg, parsley, chives, thyme, rosemary and dill.


Latin name: Allium sativum

Health benefits: Garlic has cholesterol-lowering, anti- fungal and antibacterial properties. It also stimulates the immune system.

How it’s available: Fresh, dried, powdered, capsules and tinctures.

Cautions: Garlic (especially when raw) can cause digestive upset if taken in large doses. Start with a small amount and see how you feel. Don’t use large amounts of raw garlic if you’re breastfeeding.

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