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Benefits of Culinary Herbs and Spices

The benefits of culinary herbs and spices are primarily due to their antioxidant, antimicrobial, and antiviral effects.

Herbs and spices should be used to enhance and balance, not over-power a foods flavor.

Emperor Charlemagne of the 9th Century wrote: “An herb is a friend of physicians and the praise of cooks."

Of the 9 most popular herbs, 6 of them are from the Family Lamiacea - more commonly known as the Mint Family.

Those six are: Basil, Peppermint, Oregano, Rosemary, Sage, and Thyme.

Adding these 6 herbs to your daily diet will in fact be adding a large dose of good health to your life. It will also allow you to reduce salt, fat, and sugars from your foods. These three ingredients are used to give dead and bland foods taste/flavor. When you can put back or draw the natural flavoring from the food itself, the need for artificial additions isn't necessary.

Winter herbs are rosemary, thyme, sage, and oregano, so use them daily if you have an herb garden.

If you don't...plan one for the spring coming.

For stove-top cooking, add herbs the last 5 to 10 minutes of cooking time.

Baking does not destroy the oils as quickly as stove-top heat.

Fresh or dried can be sprinkled into foods just before serving for a very delicious and healthy addition to your dining experience.

There are no hard and fast rules when using herbs and spices......with the exception of a few, they can be crossed used.

So get creative, try different blends, find your own signature flavor and then share it with those around you.

Happy cooking!

January is National Hot Tea Month~

Sage Hill Farms offers a wide selection of blended teas and herbal Tisanes...please visit our website and treat yourself and/or a friend to the most delicious and clean herbal products available.

January 8th-14th is Universal Letter Writing Week~

In the age of email and texting I fear that the penning of a note or a long letter is not top priority on our list of pleasurable things to do.

However, it is one of the most rewarding to the writer, and the most joyful to the receiver...a hand penned correspondence.

Another delightful aspect to a hand written note is the kind of pen used to put special words to paper.

I've always known and recently made the move to own and use a handmade Fountain Pen....this is something we can give to our self for the pure joy of its uniqueness and the pleasure it will bring ...both to you and those who are lucky enough to get a hand penned letter.

My good friend Patricia Jones-Allen in North Carolina makes fabulous wood-turned pens.

Pat is one of the most talented people in this industry, with the education and history to stand behind her work 100%.

I invite you to visit and experience the beauty of writing with a very special pen.

Winter has homesteaded at Sage Hill. All the land is white with dots of color supplied by cardinals, evergreens, and a lovely Holly tree filled with winter red berries.

This is the perfect time for reflecting, journaling, and pondering on thoughts that stay around a bit longer than the average few seconds.

Did You Know...

...that 60% and higher of topically applied products are absorbed into the skin and our system?

Skin care is a big issue, especially during the winter when we are exposed to harsh and cold weather elements.

Many, many products on the retail market work against having healthy skin.

This is a list of ingredients you do not want in your skin care items:

SLS, Parabens, Mineral Oil, Synthetic Fragrances, Propylene, and Glycol. (Any one of, or all, will dry, irritate and cause allergies or worse)

I purchase from two companies that supply my needs well and my skin has never been healthier. Anne Schrock of La'NE- for skin-care- herbal and as pure as one could wish for. Debbie Hegeman for L'Bri...I love the color products from this company.

I apologize for the lateness of this newsletter; some computer issues that are in the process of being better.

Thank you for being a part of my world and have the best 2011 available! It's all in your grasp~

The Sage Hill Farms family~