Spices not only taste great, and are fun, easy, and colorful to grow, many of them have healthy benefits to boot. So go ahead and add them to your favorite dishes.


Basil is said to be good for the heart and digestion. It is a good source for Vitamin K, vitamin A, Vitamin C, iron, calcium, manganese, magnesium, and potassium.


Cinnamon possesses anti-microbial and anti-clotting properties


Garlic is said to help prevent and treat the common cold. It appears to be a natural mosquito repellent.


Ginger is said to help with nausea, vomiting, and morning sickness.  Its anti-inflammatory abilities may help in fighting heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and arthritis.



Oregano may kill unfriendly bacteria without damage to the friendly bacteria in the intestinal tract.  It is said to beat out blueberries as a powerful antioxidant.


Parsley is said to have ability to fight cancer.  It is shown to inhibit the formation of tumors in the lungs in animal studies


Peppermint is said to help with motion sickness and an upset stomach.


A Rosemary bush inside the home can act as a natural air cleaner and freshener.  It may help prevent damage to the blood vessels, which can reduce heart attack risk.rosemary-300x300-1random%


Sage may play a role in helping to fight rheumatoid arthritis and bronchial asthma. It appears to promote better brain function.   


Thyme is said to help with cramps and sore throats.


Turmeric is said to be a natural detox for the liver, as well as a natural and effective pain reliever.

Don’t rely on these spices to cure your aliments.  If you are using spices for medicinal purposes, please do your homework  and discuss them with your doctor.