Do you buy spices at the store or do you make your own blends? How would you like to make your own Antioxidant Herb Sprinkles to add to your spice collection?
Seriously this is easy, peasy and you can subsitute ingredients to make it more to your likin’. The original recipe came from Rosemary Gladstar’s Medicinal Herbs, A Beginners Guide which you can find on Amazon for about $10. Rosemary’s recipe calls for equal parts of all of the ingredients but there are some spices like rosemary and thyme that I reduced the quantity. Do what you wish with it and share with me what you did!!! 🙂
First, a bit about each ingredient:
Sesame seeds: Sesame seeds are an excellent source of copper, a very good source of manganese, and a good source of calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, iron, zinc, molybdenum, vitamin B1, selenium, and dietary fiber. The seeds contain sesamin and sesamolin, which are known to lower cholesterol, prevent high blood pressure and increase levels of vitamin E. You can purchase good organic sesame seeds HERE
Dulse flakes – Dulse(Palmaria palmata) is a type of seaweed, there are many! Seaweed is high in iodine, the natural way to get your dose of iodine. Dulse is also abundant in complex polysaccharides or long chain sugars. These dietary glyconutrients are helpful for building immune health, nourishing the skin, soothing inflammation and detoxifying the body. Find Dulse Flakes HERE
Parsley – Parsley (Petroselinum crispum) helps eliminate excess fluids from your body, supports your immune and nervous system plus boo coos of vitamins – vitamin B12, A, C and K.
Thyme – Thyme (Thymus vulgaris) – Great antioxidant! Protects and increases the amount of healthy fats in cells particularly DHA, an important fatty acid for the brain and heart. Thyme oil is one of our best medicinal oils to have, like its cousin oregano with many of the same medicinal benefits: Due to thyme oil’s antibacterial, antispasmodic, antirheumatic, expectorant, hypertensive, and calming properties it has been known to help relieve and treat problems like gout, arthritis, wounds, bites, and sores, water retention, menstrual and menopausal problems, nausea and fatigue, respiratory problems (like colds), skin conditions (oily skin and scars), athlete’s foot, hangovers, and even depression.
Sage – Sage (Salvia officinalis) – Did you know what salvia means? The botanical name comes from the Latin word “salvere,” meaning “to be saved. Cool and its not just for turkey! 😉 Sage is an astringent herb, natural antiseptic, enhances mental clarity, useful in sore throats, colds, menopausal symptoms and nutritious to boot.
It is is also an excellent source of fiber, vitamin A, folate, calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, and B vitamins such as folic acid, thiamin, pyridoxine, and riboflavin in much higher doses than the recommended daily requirements, plus healthy amounts of vitamin C, vitamin E, thiamin, and copper.
Rosemary – Rosmary (Rosmarinus officinalis) – High content of rosmarinic acid known to be an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and anti viral. Good old rosemary and means remembrance so yes it IS helpful for your memory especially when studying for an exam. Grow a beautiful bush – easy to grow as long as you don’t overwater it. But if you can’t grow one you can always order organic rosemary leaf HERE.
Antioxidant Herb Sprinkles Recipe
aka: Scarborough Fair Blend – if you are old enough to get that!
1/3 cup lightly toasted sesame seed, organic -see below
1/3 cup Dulse Flakes, organic
1/3 cup Parsley flakes, organic
1/3 cup sage, organic
1/8 cup Thyme, organic
1/4 cup rosemary, organic
NOW these measurements will make almost 2 cups of the spice so at first take it down to tablespoon measurements to be sure you like it. Example 1/3 cup to 1/3 tablespoon etc…
– to toast add seeds to a dry frying pan and heat on med-low for just a few minutes until you start to smell the toastyness and they just start to change color. Remove immediately to a bowl.
Mix all of the above – if you prefer, you can grind it to a powder but I love to get all the bits and pieces!!! If you like you can also add black pepper, sea salt but don’t overdo the salt with the dulse. Enjoy the sprinkles on your egg dishes, sauteed veggies, meats, fish, uh just about whatever you eat. I think it would blend well into an Italian Dressing too.
You may have tried the Gomasio recipe that I posted recently which is delish but this one adds a more mediterranean flavor.
Enjoy your day!