Herbs have also been used for hundreds of years in healing, before antibiotics came on the scene. Many such as oregano are anti-fungal and anti-bacterial. Herbs in the mint family are well known for their use as breath fresheners, but they also soothe the stomach and aid in digestion.
Parsley is another herb used to freshen the mouth due to its high levels of eugenol. Parsley and clove oils have long been used in dentistry as anaesthetic and anti-bacterial agents. Parsley is also highly nutritious, containing many minerals and vitamins.
So, while flavouring our food, herbs and spices are also helping us to digest it and nourishing our bodies at the same time. I love to use herbs and spices in my cooking, but prefer not to have the additives that are found in many commercial mixes. I've come up with a couple of my own mixes, one of which I've included here. As I perfect my herb and spice mixes, I will update this post.
All Purpose Seasoning
The Bush Gourmand
3 Tbsp sea salt
1 Tbsp Celery Salt
2 Tbsp icing sugar
4 tsp paprika
4 tsp rice flour
2 tsp onion powder
1 tsp chilli powder, ground black pepper, garlic powder
½ tsp nutmeg, ground coriander, ground cumin, ground cardamom
Blend on speed 5 for 3 or 4 seconds. Place in a jar and label.
The following recipe has been developed by a friend from forumthermomix.com, known as achookwoman. It makes the most outstanding Southern Fried Chicken.
Southern Fried Chicken Seasoning
2 Tbsp ground white pepper
3 Tbsp ground black pepper
2 Tbsp sea salt
2 Tbsp pizza herbs or oregano
2 Tbsp paprika
1 Tbsp cumin, cardamom, ground cloves, garlic powder, allspice, celery seed
Blend on speed 5 for 4 seconds. Place in a jar and label.
I am working on a Lemon & Herb Pepper and a Steak Spice. I'll post to Facebook when I have perfected these.