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Herbs and Spices
"Now everyone knows adding cinnamon to toast or nutmeg to custard makes for flavorful meal addition. However, did you know some of those spices and herb in your kitchen might also have other uses? Like relieving tension, soothing aches or engergizing you."
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Your mom or grandma might have suggested this herb when you are having problems sleeping. Traditionally served as tea, this herb is said to be a muscle relaxant and a soothing agent. The Roman version of this herb is referred to as "Anthemis nobilis". What herb is this?
This herb is used as a muscle relaxant and soothing agent, however, this herb is usually not brewed for tea. You might use this herb when cooking rosemary chicken or shrimp gumbo. This herb has been used to flavor chewing gum. Latin for the leaf of this herb is "Eugenia caryophyllata" Can you figure out which herb I might be speaking of?
This herb may be used for Chinese or Japanese dishes. This herb may also be used to energize and warm. The scientific name is "Zingiber officinalis". It flavors sodas and can be used for nausea. Which herb is this?
Now here comes an energizing herb. This one can be used for exfoliating or astringent. However, in the kitchen, you would most commonly find this herb flavoring your drink. Gin and tonic anyone?
This herb goes by its French name when used as oils, however Americans commonly refer to it as cilantro when cooking. It is said to be stimulating and warming. These affects make it good for rubbing sore muscles or cooking nice curries. However, I wouldn't snag a bottle of oil to flavor your Thai food as this herb has a slight toxicity when in oil form. Which herb am I referring to?
This spice, in powder form, while great for flavoring egg custard for an after dinner treat, has another use when it comes to aromatherapy. This spice will not only aid digestion, when steamed or made into oil is said to promote a restful night's sleep. However, this same plant's fruit is also used to disarm in the form of mace. Also referred to as "Myristica aromata". What spice can do all this?
Suffering from a dull complexion or dry skin? This spice is believed to brighten skin and sooth dry areas. It also makes a great sauce for pouring over duck, or just drink it in the morning for a pick-me-up. The scientific name is "Citrus Sinensis". While it may not technically be a herb or spice, this added kitchen flavor is used in many dishes. Which spice is this?
This herb is great to use on sore feet and tired muscles. It smells wonderful, goes great on chicken and restores hair to health. It is also mentioned in a popular song. Which heavenly herb is this?
Another "entertaining" herb, this spice is also mentioned in a wonderful song. Not only does it cause people to sing, but it is also great for regulating the central nervous system. Originated in Spain, this spice is used in many beef stews and other meaty meals as flavoring. This herb's scientific name is "Salvia Officinalis". What spice might this be?
Pour a small amount of oil made from this spice onto a rag or napkin when traveling to prevent motion sickness or sooth an upset stomach. It also makes a great flavor to add to candy canes. This spice comes from the "Lamiaceae" family of herbs. Which refreshing spice is this?
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Compiled May 19 13