Culinary Herbs and Spices for Immune System Support

Series 2 Ep 18
This episode focuses on culinary herbs and spices for immune system support. Herbs and spices have been used for millennia for treating a variety of common ailments. Some of the medicinal uses of plants are widely recognized even by modern medicine. Tune in to hear the many herbs and spices which assist us in a variety of aspects of health and wellness, including immune system support. Listen for these specific herbs and spices to add to your foods daily which is easier and cheaper than it seems.


  •  [03:00] Hippocrates, who was often called the father of modern medicine, said “let thy food be thy medicine.”
  • [05:00] Italian flavors like basil, oregano, garlic and thyme are gems for your immune system.
  • [09:00] Some powdered herbs could be stirred into melted coconut oil, then refrigerated to harden.
  • [14:00] Why cayenne is so good for peripheral neuropathies.
  • [18:00] The benefits of nutmeg for the immune system.
  • [20:00] How saffron improves airways and sleep.
  • [21:00] The benefits of sage in easing inflammation.


  • There are a number of ways we can use herbs and spices. When added to foods, herbs and spices are so much more than just flavor enhancers. They have beneficial healing powers, so it’s important to add herbs and spices to smoothies, soups, vegetable dishes, and even desserts.
  • Including common herbs and spices in your foods daily for your specific needs is easier than it seems.
  • There are many great ways to support the immune system with common herbs and spices which are usually in everybody’s kitchen. Learning these powerful remedies and sharing them with your clients is so rewarding and empowering to feel confident in your ability to recommend remedies that cost next to nothing and are available 24/7.


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Ritamarie Loscalzo

Dr. Ritamarie Loscalzo is a best-selling author and speaker known for her extensive knowledge, infectious energy, and inspirational message that encourages individuals to become their own best health advocate. She is an internationally recognized nutrition and health authority who specializes in using the wisdom of nature to restore hormone balance with a special emphasis on thyroid, adrenal and insulin imbalances. She founded the Institute of Nutritional Endocrinology to empower health and nutrition practitioners to get to the root cause of health concerns by using functional assessments and natural therapeutics to balance the endocrine system, the body's master controller.

Dr. Ritamarie is a licensed Doctor of Chiropractic with Certification in Acupuncture and is a Diplomat of the American Clinical Nutrition Board. She is a Certified Clinical Nutritionist with a Master’s in Human Nutrition, has completed a 2-year, 500-hour Herbal Medicine Program at David Winston’s Center for Herbal Studies and has a master's degree in Computer Science, which contributes to her skills as an ace problem solver.