When I was growing up, my mother kept a little tea garden near the kitchen door. It had things like chamomile, dandelion, lemon verbena, catnip, rosemary, and many more amazing herbs. She taught me much about teas from her years growing up in Appalachia with a mother who was the local midwife.
When I grew up, I made teas too from the recipes, some of them I modified a bit with newer herbs, roots and spices that were in the marketplace and available today in America.
My mom used to say "the more heat, the more healing." I remembered that, and today I tend to eat raw ginger which is very hot and spicy. Cayenne was one she pulled out often and turmeric.
And today studies show that ingesting spices and herbs is very good for you, as well as hot spicy ones.
I use a lot of turmeric, ginger, cilantro, oregano, cinnamon, parsley, basil, thyme, nutmeg, caradmom... Mixed in salads is easy, as is making teas from any of them. I never make a pitcher of sweet tea without putting ginger root in it to steep.
Here's some great herbs that help and why they do (LINK)
I figure that any way I can spice up my foods and add those nutrients that are so beneficial, I will do so. Cooking is about the palate and there is nothing better than finding a way to do something healthy while making your mouth happy. Imagine if you were told to put a teaspoon of sugar on everything. Well, I'm pleased to say using Cowboy Spice Company's spices, wholesome and fresh ground, is the way I pay homage to my mom's healthy teachings while making my taste buds oh so pleased.
It's addicting - that taste!