herbed saltsHerbs aren’t just natural substitutes for synthetic drugs when we are sick.

They are healing and supportive allies to be used every day to enhance our overall health and wellness.

You could take a capsule or pill every day, but that’s kinda boring don’t you agree?

I think the best way to get the benefits of herbs into our bodies for prevention and nourishment is to incorporate herbs into foods and drinks in fun and delicious ways.

 

Not only do herbs have profound actions on our bodies cells and systems, they are another way to get access to nutrients we don’t normally get from food.

Including them in our daily diet helps supply us with the necessary vitamins and minerals required for optimal functioning of our cellular machinery. Every process in our cells depends on “raw ingredients” it gets from our diet.  Healthy cells -> make healthy tissues -> which make healthy organs -> and healthy organs make up a healthy body.

Today I am sharing three tasty and easy herbed salt recipes you can make at home to add the nutrition and health benefits of herbs into your daily routine. In these quantities you certainly aren’t going to be treating any illness, but rather using herbs to build health, strengthen and nourish our bodies.

In addition to the nutrients and amazing flavor they add to our foods, the herbs add a beautiful and vibrant color to your salt shakers and food. I used a lightly colored glass jar (found at TJ Maxx) so you can see the colors of the salts, but the reality is that the more our herbed salts are exposed to light, the faster the color and nutritional value will fade. Using amber (dark brown) glass, ceramic or stainless steel will help yours keep longer.

A word about salt: In a small portion of our population, large amounts of salt can cause high blood pressure. If this is you, please consult your doctor before using these recipes.  For the rest of us, while I certainly don’t recommend dumping tablespoons of any type of salt onto your plate, in general most people can enjoy salt and should use it to provide the mineral sodium which helps to balance our fluids and nerves communicate.

I get my herbs and salt from here.

 

Topaz Herbal Salt

Powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant Turmeric is combined with ginger (warming, circulation enhancer and digestive supporter) and stress-fighter ashwagandha to make a colorful and delicious salt.

2 tbsp Turmeric powder

1 tbsp ashwagandha powder

2 tsp ginger powder

sea salt

Mix the powders together in a small bowl, then add an equal amount of salt and mix. You should have a 1:1 ratio of herbs to salt. In this recipe you are adding a scant 4 tbsp of herbs, so you should add scant 4 tbsp salt. Store in a non-reactive salt shaker.  I used this colorful blend in my homemade butternut squash soup the other day and it was delicious! Also great on baked sweet potatoes, curries, and stir fries.

Need powdered herbs? I get mine here.

 

Garnet Herbal Salt

Vibrant and tangy, this beautiful deep red salt will add lots of phytonutrients and antioxidants to your food. You might know rosehips and hibiscus which are famous for their bounty of vitamin C and bioflavonoids (which help the vitamin C work better in our bodies). Schizandra berries have adaptogenic qualities, which means that they help the body handle all kinds of stress better.  The Chinese called schizandra the "five-flavored" plant because it contains bitter, sweet, salty, sour and pungent flavors. Each flavor is said to balance a different organ system and thus it's prized as a tonic and preserver of youth and beauty! It's worth a shot right? 🙂

2 tbsp rosehips , dried

2 tbsp hibiscus flowers, dried

1 tsp schizandra berries, dried

sea salt

Grind the rose hips, hibiscus and schizandra berries to a fine powder in a spice grinder.  Add an equal amount of salt to create a 1:1 ratio of herb:salt. In this case, just over 4 tbsp of herbs are added, so you would add about 4 tbsp salt. Pulse in the spice grinder to mix so that the powdered herb coats the salt crystals. Store in your favorite salt shaker. I like this sweet and sour blend on steamed cauliflower, roasted veggies, and baked chicken.

Emerald Herbal Salt

Ah! This salt is so fresh and herb-i-licious. Nettles are one of the most nutrient dense herbs containing Calcium, Magnesium, Manganese, Silicia, Zinc, Chromium, Iron and more. Rosemary is not only a delicious culinary herb, it's a famous memory and brain tonic, possible because it increase circulation. Dandelion leaf is also chock-full of vitamins including A, C and E along with many minerals. It's prized as a general tonic and is completely restorative and rejuvenating, great for worn-out and debilitated persons.  And finally thyme, which is commonly used in cooking, is great for digestion (helps to dispel gas and calm colic, relieve indigestion, soothes GI spasms) but also used commonly to support lung health. Together these herbs are bright and flavorful. Adding a dash or two of this blend every day is sure to increase your general vitality.

2 tbsp dried rosemary

1 tbsp dried nettle leaf

1 tbsp dried dandelion leaf

1 tbsp dried thyme

sea salt

Grind the herbs to a fine powder in a spice grinder like this one.  Add an equal amount of sea salt, about 5 tbsp and pulse to mix. Make sure the powdered herbs coat the salt crystals. Store in your favorite salt shaker and enjoy! I love this blend in soups, on roasted broccoli, even pizza!

 

These are not the only herbed salt combinations you can make! Feel free to experiment and create new blends to enhance flavor of your foods and the health of your body.

So……are you going to try one? Or two or three? I would love to hear from you if you do! Please comment and let me know!

 

XOXO,

Dr. Amber

 

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