Greek food is simple and artfully perfumed with herbs and spices. These spices and herbs are combined in unexpected ways. Not only do they add flavor to your food, a number of herbs and spices have medicinal qualities too. Here is a list of 8 popular medicinal herbs and spices of Greek cuisine that you should include in your daily diet!
One of the most celebrated aspects of allspice is its ability to lower inflammation and alleviate pain in parts of the body. Allspice also has a positive effect on heart health.
Cinnamon can be used to help treat muscle spasms, vomiting, diarrhea, infections, the common cold, loss of appetite, and erectile dysfunction. This herb can also lower blood sugar in people with type 1 or type 2 diabetes. Phew!
Dill contains essential oils which are stimulant in nature and activates the secretion of bile and digestive juices. These oils also help to accelerate peristaltic motion of the intestine. This herb is also highly helpful in different causes of hiccups, such as allergies, hypersensitivity, hyperactivity and nervous malfunctioning.
4. Dried Saffron Spice And Flower
Dried saffron contains several plant-derived chemical compounds that are known to have been anti-oxidant, disease preventing, and health promoting properties. It is also rich in many vital vitamins, including vitamin A, folic acid, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin C that is essential for optimum health.
Mahleb helps in improving digestion. It also stimulates respiration and gives you a sense of well-being!
Oregano had to make it to this list! It is the most popular spice used in Greek cooking. This herb helps in treating respiratory tract disorders, gastrointestinal disorders, menstrual cramps, and urinary tract disorders.
Parsley is rich in many vital vitamins, including vitamin C, B 12, K and A. This means parsley keeps your immune system strong, tones your bones and heals the nervous system, too. Regular use of parsley can help control your blood pressure. The folic acid in this herb is like a tonic for your heart.
This herb has way too many health benefits. Pepper provides relief from the common cold, constipation, indigestion, anemia, impotency, muscular strains, dental disease, pyorrhea, diarrhea, and heart disease. It is also a very good anti-inflammatory agent.