Benefits and Uses of Dried Herbs

Dried herbs are the most commonly found ingredients in our kitchen. It is used to give some extra punch and flavor to our dishes. Apart from taste, it also has lot many health benefits. The only issue is that the most of the dried herbs are there in the grocery store for a long time because of its long shelf life. Make sure to check the date and buy organic dried herbs.

Dried herbs are found from seeds, leaves, roots, barks, fruits and flowers. The advantage of dried herbs is that you can preserve them for a longer time. A dried herb has antiviral and antibacterial properties. Many of them have vitamin B and minerals and are more efficient to fight against diseases.

Herein are the Benefits and uses of dried herbs:

1. Cayenne dried herbs:


Cayenne is responsible for absorbing the nutrients in food. Cayenne improves the blood circulation and decreases the heart-related problems. It can be used to spice up any dish, like any vegetable curries or any meat dish. Use sparingly if you cannot tolerate spicy dish or have acidity problem.

2. Basil dried herbs:


Basil has antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties and is helpful to protect you from osteoarthritis. Basil also has anti-cancerous properties and is useful to treat a digestive disorder. Basil is predominantly used in Italian cuisine, but it is such a versatile herb that you can use basil in any dish. Always use freshly dried basil for its flavor to come out. You can sprinkle basil in salads, in grilled or baked vegetables; you can also mix basil with any toppings for that extra flavor.

3. Cumin dried herbs:


Cumin seeds are widely used dried herbs. They have antimicrobial properties. Cumin has its distinct taste. It is also used to prep up your digestive system and is good when you have a gas problem or any digestive problem. It is mostly used in Indian, Mexican and Middle Eastern dishes.

4. Mint dried herbs:


Mint since ancient times is used to alleviate nausea and digestive problems. Few leaves of mint can give a fresh breath. You can use mint to make mint mojito which is a very popular drink. You can make refreshing tea by adding mint in it. Mint can also be used in rice dishes, meat dishes and vegetable dishes. Mint oil is also used as mosquito repellent.

5. Arrowroot dried herb:



Arrowroot is easy to digest therefore it is used when you have irritable bowel syndrome. It is starchy herb and is gluten free. Arrowroot is a healthier option for corn starch. You can use arrowroot in dips, soups and make gluten free biscuits.

6. Thyme dried herb:


The thyme dried herb contains thymol that is an antioxidant and is used in mouthwash; it belongs to the mint family. Thyme has many health benefits:

Method to use thyme dried herbs:

  • Take two glass of water and one teaspoon of thyme dried herbs; boil for 5 minutes

This water can be used while taking a bath for the treatment of wounds.

  • Thyme water can be swished around the gums for gum infections and wound healing
  • Thyme can be consumed to speed up the recovery process from any illness
  • Thyme tea is useful for the treatment of vaginal yeast infection and externally treated for athlete’s foot

Oregano dried herbs:


Oregano has anticancer, antibiotic, antibacterial and antiviral properties and is also an antioxidant. Oregano leaves are used for the treatment of cough and cold, congestion and fever. Oregano oil when massaged relieves body aches. Oregano dried herbs are majorly used in Italian cuisine. You can sprinkle oregano in pizza, soups and pasta. In combination with dried garlic, dried basil, dried thyme and dried rosemary make an excellent antibacterial and antiviral seasoning.

8. Curry powder made with dried herbs:


Curry powder is made from a wide array of ingredients like coriander seeds, turmeric, cumin seeds, cinnamon, mustard seeds, cayenne, fenugreek, garlic and peppers. All these elements together give a potent medicinal benefit. Curry powder is in stews, soups, vegetable curry and a meat dish.

9. Dill seed dried herb:


Dill seed is used to comfort stomach problems, and it has antibacterial compounds. It has lots of nutrients. It is highly beneficial if cooked on low temperature or when used uncooked. You can utilize in dips, fish dishes or as dressing.

10. Rosemary dried herbs:


Rosemary dried herbs has a lovely lemony and pine aroma. It is widely used to make soap because of its ability to rejuvenate the skin and acts as anti-ageing. Rosemary is a rich source of antioxidants and is useful in the treatment for cholesterol, cancer and digestion issues. Rosemary boiled water is used as antiseptic. Rosemary is used in vegetable dishes, lamb dishes, meat dishes and it gives that extra punch in all kind of soups.

Written by Ashley Grace

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