One of the many things I love about Dinner Twist is the regular inclusion of fresh herbs! Not only does the addition of these herbs add incredible flavour explosions to your meals but they have also been used traditionally for a whole host of healing purposes. Here’s just a taste (pun intended) of some of the most popular herbs:

Basil is one of our most popular culinary herbs however did you know it has been used for its potent antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties? It is also used to protect the liver and can calm the nervous system!

Chives belong to the onion family and are rich in vitamin A, B, C and K, It aids in the digestion of fatty foods, decreases inflammation and even fluid retention.

Coriander (or cilantro for our North American friends!) is used for decreasing digestive distress including nausea, diarrhea, spasmodic bowel symptoms and intestinal gas. However, it’s also a powerful antibacterial and antifungal herb! Traditionally, breastfeeding women have also used coriander to aid milk production. Personally, I love it as a fresh addition to any salad!

Parsley is a lot more than just a decorative garnish! It’s loaded with nutrients including vitamin K, iron and folate but is also a very rich source of vitamin C - stock up on this during winter and add it to any pesto, soups or salads, to help boost your immune system and combat the cold season. Parsley also helps with flatulence and bad breath!

Thyme has an active principle thymol, a naturally occurring class of compounds known as biocides, which are strong antiseptics! Thyme has also been used to treat bedwetting, sore throats, bronchitis, flatulence and even as a diuretic to decrease fluid retention.

Enjoy the addition of these incredible, nutrient dense herbs in your diet, your body will love you for it!

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