Not only do they add a depth of flavor, herbs and spices have concentrated healing powers just as our typical fruits and veggies do. We use them to enhance the beneficial properties of our drinks and meals alike.
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, plants are our friend! Herbs and spices in particular are derived from all parts of plants. Some flowers, some fruits, some seeds, and even the bark, leaves and roots of certain plants have major nutritional properties when used correctly. Of course, not all plants are created equal. Lucky for us our ancestors discovered which plants and what parts are the most beneficial and healing.
Let’s focus on some of our staples here at Pure Juice. You’ll see cilantro and parsley (examples of a leafy herb) in many of our cold-press juices and in 2 of our most popular smoothies, Liquid Sunlight Mango and Pure Green Goddess. These herbs add a vitamin and mineral rich boost to these drinks. Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Iron, Magnesium, Calcium to name a few. You’ll also catch cilantro in our Black Bean Quinoa salad.
Ginger and turmeric (examples of root spices) can be found in our Flu Shot for their anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. Warming and earthy, their benefits range from destroying diseased cells to helping with a minor upset stomach. Ginger contains everything you may seek when catching a cold: Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Zinc, and Magnesium. It soothes sinuses and can alleviate pressure associated with the common cold. Turmeric is quite similar with less of a spice but a more nutritionally dense profile. The active ingredient, curcumin, is said to shrink tumors with its anti-cancer properties. Use together, these roots are powerfully healing.
Cayenne pepper (example of a fruit, dried and crushed) gives us plenty to cry about both from its heat and in celebration of its healing properties. Used sparingly and with the right combination of other ingredients, cayenne pepper is very therapeutic. Most notably, it aids the digestive system and gives relief to headaches. What gives cayenne its heat? Capsaicin. This compound has pain relief written all over it. You can find it in topical creams used to treat sore muscles. We prefer to add it to our drinks upon request and sneak it into our food to stimulate circulation and aid in the assimilation of nutrients and elimination of toxins. You’re welcome 😉
The best part about herbs and spices is that they are very easy to incorporate into your daily life. Herbs are fairly easy to grow, too! Even without a yard. They require little maintenance and enjoy sunshine and water just like you. Add cilantro to your next Mexican inspired dish. Throw some parsley in your pasta. Add a chunk of ginger root to your tea. Sprinkle some cayenne on your avocado toast (not too much!).
Have fun with these vibrant additions and be sure to share with us your favorite ways to incorporate them into your diet. If you don’t spend a lot of time in the kitchen you know we’ve got your back. Stop by and see us and try an herbal infused Pure Juice delicacy today!