Salt and Herb Characteristics:
Salts ability to preserve food was a foundation of early civilization. A precious commodity for centuries, salt could build up or destroy empires. All humans need salt, and sea salt, biologically compatible, is lower in sodium than refined table salt. The potassium, calcium, magnesium and other minerals in sea salt play an important role in blood pressure maintenance, and mitigate the blood-pressure-raising effects of sodium chloride (table salt).
Basil tastes somewhat like anise, with a strong, pungent, often sweet smell. Basil, known as 'Herb royale' to the French, a sign of love to Italians, and a sacred herb in India, has been cultivated for over 5,000 years. Basil is an antioxidant, anti-carcinogenic, and soothes the stomach, cleanses and clears the brain and nerves, and builds the immune system.
Sage has a slight peppery flavor. The Latin name for sage is 'sylvia,' which means 'to heal' and applies to many illnesses and ailments. The Egyptians used it as a fertility drug, and the Greek physician Dioscorides recommended sage for a number of ailments. The Chinese used sage tea as a stimulating tonic. Sage is used externally for sprains, sores, swelling and ulcers, and as a tea sore throats and coughs. Sage improves memory, sharpens the senses and calms the nerves.
Hippocrates, Galen, Pliny the Elder, and Dioscorides all mention the use of garlic for treating a large number of conditions. Garlic: Lowers blood pressure and LDL cholesterol; Prevents atherosclerotic buildup; Lowers or helps to regulate blood sugar; Helps to prevent blood clots from forming (reducing risk of stroke and thrombosis); Removes heavy metals from the body; Relieves rheumatism; Protects against heart disease; Protects against cancer.
Oregano has an aromatic, warm and slightly bitter taste and can vary in intensity. Hippocrates used oregano as an antiseptic and for relief from stomach and respiratory ailments. Oregano has antioxidant and antimicrobial properties.
Thyme has a pungent, lemony, slightly peppery taste. The ancient Greeks used it in their baths and burnt it as incense in their temples to boost courage. Thyme has antiseptic properties, is used to relieve respiratory infections and aids in digestion.
Marjoram is an aromatic herb of the mint family, has a fragrant, spicey slightly sharp, bitter and camphoraceous flavor. Marjoram is indigenous to the Mediterranean area and was known to the Greeks and Romans as a symbol of happiness. Marjoram helps to loosen and expel phlegm, stimulates the sweat glands, and aids in digestion.
Parsley has a mild, sweet flavor, slightly peppery and is native to the Eastern Mediterranean. Parsley is rich in ascorbic acid which cleans the blood. Parsley aids in digestion, reduces hypertension, helps resolve kidney issues and soothes the stomach.
Onion is an aromatic, and depending on the variety, an onion can be sharp, spicy, tangy, and pungent or mild and sweet. Traces of onion were found alongside figs and dates in Bronze Age settlements dating to 5000 BC. Anti-oxidant and anti-carcinogenic, onions have also been used to treat colds, coughs, bronchitis and influenza for centuries. Some cultures use onion as an aphrodisiac.
Rosemary is native to the Mediterranean region, has a bitter, astringent taste and is highly aromatic, which complements a wide variety of foods. Rosemary improves memory, is an anti-oxidant, anti-carcinogenic, stimulates circulation, and lifts the spirits.
And, of course, every thing we do or create is infused with the greatest love: love for you, love for every creature on this earth, and for the earth itself. And most of all, deep love for our Creator, who created all of these wonderful ingredients that we have put together for you.
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Gourmet sea salts are an important addition to your food, while cooking or used as a finish. Rubbo Salt of the Earth is all natural and handcrafted, without the use of preservatives other than salt. And, Rubbo Salt of the Earth gourmet cooking salt only gets better with time. The herbs in the tin will change color and flavor naturally over time, but this is a natural process, the flavors further steep into the salt. To prolong freshness and prevent clumping, please store in a cool, dry place.