Ok so yes, I love all culinary herbs. So far you’ve heard about basil and mint, but there is one herb in particular that just sticks out like a sore thumb to me, and I’m feeling very compelled to cover it today.
It is one of the most powerful culinary herbs in my opinion, in flavor, smell and medicinal potency.
As you may or may not know, for the past two months or so, I have been doing some major detoxifying of my body, and down to the cellular level.
Toxins and heavy metals hide in our tissues, and in pockets and nooks and crannies we may not even know exist. They hide in “silence,” causing undesirable effects which can be different for everyone.
Some of these effects include, but are not limited to:
*Overburdened liver/liver toxicity
*Weakened immune system
*And so many more
If these toxins are continually allowed to cozy up and make a home inside our bodies, the effects down the road can become even more severe, leading to permanent damage or illness.
The way we detoxify our bodies is through the use of fresh, raw fruits and vegetables, and most importantly herbs.
Herbs are wonderful because they do not create undesirable side effects, and they do their job effectively if used on a regular basis.
We can use herbs in many different forms for our health benefits, such as capsules, liquid extracts, teas, etc.
I personally use herbs as my medicine in all these forms. However, if you have not consulted with a health care professional who can guide you on how to use herbs in these forms, I recommend starting with some amazing culinary herbs which can get you started right away. Not to mention, they sure add a lot of flavor to some otherwise bland dishes.
So finally, here is my absolute FAVORITE culinary herb…
Cilantro is uber powerful because it is highly detoxifying. It is not only loaded with antioxidants, but it also helps with heavy metal detoxification. Cilantro has anti-bacterial properties as well, which is beneficial in all kinds of ways.
Using cilantro regularly in the kitchen has really improved my digestive system, and I truly feel I am releasing more toxins than I was before.
How I use cilantro in the kitchen:
Just like basil and mint, cilantro is highly versatile. My favorite ways to use cilantro are listed below.
*Add it to raw juices. I find that cilantro has a pretty distinct taste, and pairs best with raw juices that contain some sort of citrus. I often add cilantro to my juices with orange, lemon and lime. One of my fave creations contains apples, oranges, lemon juice, lime juice and cilantro. I feel great after I drink it, it tastes great and it’s very detoxifying.
*Obviously I use cilantro in any Mexican dish, such as my raw tacos, homemade vegan taco salad, and fresh homemade guacamole.
*I add cilantro to any of my raw wraps when I’m in the mood for the flavor. It tastes great in a wrap or on a sandwich that also contains hummus (any kind…cilantro tastes AHHHMAZING with hummus!)
*I make homemade dips and sauces, and the majority of the time I add cilantro to them. Cilantro can be added to a pesto, homemade hummus, or cilantro/tahini/lime salad dressing. The herb pairs really well with basil, so there are times where I make a cilantro basil pesto and spread it on my sprouted quinoa flatbread for the “sauce.”
*I add cilantro to fresh salads and Buddha Bowls all. the. time. Makes for a very fresh, cool and crisp flavor, and complements any veggie or dressing I add to it.
*As always, I love to garnish my food to make pretty pictures (if you haven’t already noticed). I’ll put a little cilantro garnish on top of pretty much any meal I make that calls for cilantro, and it ends up making a gorgeous food photo.
Don’t underestimate the power of culinary herbs. They are more medicinal than we think!
And, fresh is always best. Go to your local farmers market and get some local organic herbs, or better yet grow them yourself!
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