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Part 2: The Art of Cooking as Healing

Let’s look at the traditional turkey stuffing which contains parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme. In Part 1 I discussed the amazing nutritional value of parsley. Let’s look at the other 3 herbs usually found in stuffing.

Sage: Useful for excessive nasal congestion and coughs. It is beneficial for mental exhaustion, improving memory and strengthening the ability to concentrate. Sounds like it will help with the winter cold we often have at holiday time and may help us recover from the stupor of eating a huge meal! It contains vitamins A and C, vitamin B-complex, a lot of calcium and potassium.

Rosemary: It is a strong stimulant for the circulation and a tonic to the heart. Being high in calcium, it’s a powerful remedy to strengthen the nervous system. It is very good for headaches caused by nerves. Sounds perfect for that holiday gathering that brings together all types of family members, some of whom we enjoy more than others.

Thyme: This herb is a powerful antiseptic that helps with intestinal disturbances including worms in the belly (Culpeper). It is reputed to help with colic and gas, too. These are just some of its many uses. It contains B-complex which supports us during stressful times, vitamins C and D.

The English call ‘stuffing’ by a different name. They call it ‘dressing’. Perhaps you do, too, if you have English ancestry. I think that is a more appropriate word as it truly is an adornment to the turkey and the meal. It is not just a filler, a tasty way to stretch the meat to go a little further. It contributes to the health of the meal as well as the flavor; a true adorning accompaniment that we may all appreciate just a little more now we know of its amazing properties. Here’s to your good health and happy eating!

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