Herbs & Spices

Herbs and spices can be found in the most peculiar places…


In ancient times, herbs were used with medicinal intentions. For example, in 1555 B.C. Egypt, coriander, fennel, juniper, cumin, garlic, and thyme were used for health purposes, and there is even record of the working civilians chewing on garlic while building the pyramids. During the third century B.C., Chinese people sucked on nutmeg and cloves before addressing the emperor so their breath was sweet. Cardamom, black pepper, ginger, cumin, and mustard seed were utilized in Ayurvedic medicine in East India. So, although we as Americans use culinary spices and herbs to flavor our foods, we may actually be unintentionally deriving health benefits from them as well.


Some beers, such as Belgian ales, are also known for their spicy, flavorful notes. You can pack some punch into your next powerful drink by using the following pairing tips: rosemary + lemonade + vodka basil + gin + vermouth cilantro + pineapple/guava/orange juice + rum + grenadine black pepper + mulled wine


Saffron has cleansing properties and is used in some cleansers and anti-blemish creams. Neem can be found in toothpastes, soaps, and shampoos for its antibacterial properties. Its anti-aging properties lend to being used in lotions and creams, and it also has relieving properties for itchy skin, eczema, and psoriasis.