Working Herbs & Spices into Your Diet
From the Herbal Kitchen Class with Melissa Fryar
Adding herbs and spices to your daily meals is a wonderful way to increase nutrients in your diet and add wonder flavors. Several times a day we have the opportunity to incorporate more herbs into our diet to enhance health and vitality.
Some of my favorite ways to add herbs into your diet:
- Waters, teas, syrups
- Herbal butters and ghee
- Herbal seasonings
- Herb infused oils
- Herb infused vinegars
- Herbal honeys
- Herbal Truffles
- Herb jams & conserves
Quick Rosehip Jam
Place cut and sifted rosehips in a small jar and cover with apple juice. Let sit overnight and enjoy! Place in fridge to store for a few days. Excellent on toast, in yogurt, or just added to hot water for a simple tea.
Belly Ease Honey
blend together 1 Tbsp. each of fennel seed, aniseed, cardamom seed and angelica seeds. Mix into 2 cups honey and warm gently for 5 minutes. Strain and add to tea or take by spoonful.
1 quart apple cider or white wine vinegar, ½ cup elderberries (dried), 2 cups cherry or plums, pitted and chopped, ½ cup schizandra berries, ½ cup goji berries, ½ cup jujube dates. Cover berries with warm vinegar in a quart mason jar. Let infuse for 2-4 weeks. Strain and enjoy as daily tonic, over greens or brussel sprouts, or even over ice cream!
Dusky Desert Finishing Salt
by Juliet Blankespoor
15 juniper berries, ⅓ cup fresh rosemary tightly packed, 1 tsp. Dried orange zest, 3 Tbsp. sage leaf, 1 cup coarse salt, 2 tsp. Minced garlic, ¼ tsp. Black pepper course ground
Strawberry Crush Smoothie
1 cup oatstraw calendula tea, 1 Tbsp. maple syrup, 1 cup fresh strawberries, 1 banana, ¼ cup yogurt, ½ cup crushed ice, pinch of cardamom. Blend all together well and enjoy!
1 cup ghee, 2 Tbsp. turmeric powder, 1 tsp. Cinnamon, ½ tsp. Powdered ginger, ½ tsp. Cardamom powder. Gently heat together and place in jar. A general rule of thumb is to use ¼ cup of powdered herbs per cup of ghee if you want to explore other blends. Also, fresh herbs can be mixed into ghee, but you must refrigerate.
2 cups nuts (soaked) or nut butter, 2 cups dried fruit, pinch of sea salt, 4 tsp. Vanilla extract, up to 6 tbsp. Dried herbs per batch, honey (if desired). Blend all together well in a food processor, adding powders last. You can add tinctures or elixirs as well to increase the medicinal content. Shape into balls and roll in coconut flakes, raw cacao, cinnamon, etc.