10. Culinary herbs and spices with health benefits – Basil
Basil is an herb that’s so delicious and healthy it has crossed multiple cultures. It has great antioxidants, anti-inflammatory properties, and is known to increase cardiovascular health. If you have asthma or suffer from chronic respiratory infections, the anti-inflammatory properties of basil can really help you. Basil has also been associated with decreased blood sugar, pain, and swelling so if you have diabetes or arthritis pay attention- this could be an easy way to help control it.
How to Use: Basil can pretty much be used in anything. Add a few leaves into any pasta sauce, soup, or curry for a burst of flavor. Incorporate some into an omelet or layer it with tomato and fresh mozzarella for a creamy, fresh, Caprese Salad. If you’re feeling up to it, try making your own fresh pesto with plenty of basil for a full, robust flavor and equally potent health benefits.