Herbal Smoothies

Incorporating herbs into your smoothies is a great way to boost the nutrition and enhance the flavor. Herbs have been used for centuries to cure a host of ailments and prevent illness. You can address a particular health problem by using herbs known to help alleviate it. For example, ginger is great for digestive issues. Below you’ll find all the herbal smoothie recipes I’ve posted with many more to come.

Morning Sickness Smoothie

Morning sickness is not something I have personal experience with. The recipe and information in this post is based on research and my partner’s firsthand experience.

While I was hoping to be able to provide a silver bullet cure for morning sickness, it doesn’t exist. However, you can take steps to help prevent morning sickness and take measures to alleviate when it strikes.

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Psoriasis Suppressing Smoothie

Psoriasis Suppressing SmoothieSeveral people have emailed me asking for a recipe to combat psoriasis. For those unfamiliar with psoriasis, it’s a common skin condition characterized by skin redness and irritation. Most people with psoriasis have thick, red skin with flaky, silver-white patches called scales. It’s also considered a chronic inflammatory skin disease.

While researching this condition I uncovered many possible solutions to alleviating psoriasis. The one thing that can be addressed via smoothies is inflammation, which is precisely what this smoothie is designed for.

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The Ultimate Turmeric Smoothie

The Ultimate Turmeric SmoothieThis recipe might just be the healthiest on my site. The combination of ingredients have been tweaked over the years to maximize the health imparting benefits.

However, I can’t take credit for this formula. A kind gentleman by the name of Raul was gracious enough to gift it to me. Raul is a chemistry professor at the National University of Mexico who has investigated turmeric for over 10 year. It’s safe to assume he knows more about turmeric than most people.

Raul shared this recipe with me so that more people can benefit from it. We both enjoy sharing and spreading information people can use to improve their health.

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Berry Basil Green Smoothie

Berry Basil Green SmoothieIt’s the time of year where I live when fresh produce is plentiful. I’m so grateful for the local farmers who grow my food with much care and love. Most of the ingredients I used in this smoothie are local and organic, just the way I like it.

Basil is one of the herbs I find myself adding to more and more smoothies because of the sweet, but savory flavor it lends. I’m also quite fond of its health benefits, which include anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties, antioxidants, and cardiovascular support.

Basil is rich in vitamin K – just two teaspoons provide about 60% of your daily needs. Vitamin K is vital in building strong bones, supports a healthy heart, and contributes to proper brain function.

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Raspberry Rosemary Smoothie

Raspberry Rosemary SmoothieMy local CSA had fresh rosemary this week and I couldn’t wait to use some in another smoothie, and smell its beautiful aroma :) My first rosemary smoothie was a huge success and oh so delicious!

I’ve been using rosemary more and more in the kitchen and felt somewhat validated last week while listening to an interview with esteemed herbalist Susun Weed. She mentioned many of rosemary’s wonderful qualities, in particular its antioxidant potency. I actually dug up this article by Susan for those interested in her take – Now Remember Rosemary.

Consider rosemary one of my favorite herbs!

Besides being an antioxidant powerhouse, rosemary is known for the following health benefits:

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Hot and Spicy Green Smoothie

Hot and Spicy Green SmoothieEvery once in a while I find myself in the mood for a hot and spicy smoothie. In order to heat up my smoothies I simply add a little chili powder or cayenne pepper.

If you haven’t tried a hot smoothie, I encourage you to give it a whirl. Besides being a nice change of pace, spices such as chili powder offer their own unique health benefits.

Chili powder is rich in vitamins A and C. Vitamin A supports your eyesight and the health of your bones, teeth, and skin. Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant, boosts your immune system, and helps in recovery from injury. Chili powder is also rich in the minerals potassium, phosphorus, calcium, and iron and contains a little zinc, manganese, and selenium.

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