I found this list/ article in Mother Earth News this month, and wanted to share it. Hope you find it helpful! Here is a list of 15 herbs and spices with strong health benefits: Thyme is found in many homes as it is an important ingredient in preparing rice. Thymol, the antioxidant in thyme, is known to prevent infection. Thyme can be used as a cleaner and mouthwash due to its minty properties. Cinnamon is one popular spice used by bakers and food companies. The cinnamaldehyde compound of cinnamon triggers its medicinal importance and makes it a useful antioxidant to control inflammation as well as reduce the blood’s cholesterol level. Cinnamon reduces the sugar level thereby serving as a strong anti-diabetic spice. Sage was lauded during the middle-ages for its healing properties. While its importance was not limited at that time, sage is now known to be an herb that helps in improving the brain’s function and memory. People with Alzheimer disease can also experience a significant improvement in the way their brains function with the use of sage. Cayenne pepper: If you want to make a really spicy dish, you should go for Cayenne pepper. This type of chili pepper contains capsaicin, an active compound that helps burn body fat and reduce appetite. Most of the known weight loss supplement include Cayenne pepper as one of their active ingredients. Turmeric: If you are familiar with curry, you should know that the active ingredient that gives curry its yellow color is turmeric. Recently, it has become a common ingredient used by beauticians in reducing acne and blackheads. The main compound for its medicinal importance is Curcumin. Curcumin is an antioxidant that fights and control oxidative damages. While oxidative damage is known to cause aging and diseases, Curcumin helps the body to release its own antioxidant to fight and prevent diseases. It is also significant for its anti-inflammatory element. Ginger is popular for spicing for foods and homemade drinks. Amongst others, it is a popular flavor used in Soymilk to prevent a nauseating feeling. It is also used for morning sickness and seasickness. While functioning as an anti-inflammatory, Ginger can also help to manage pains Also wanted to share a couple pictures of my window boxes. The hay racks on the front of the house are lined with burlap, this year.I had two on hand and used them on Mikes run in and the front of Bobs garage. When it came to the front of the house, with all thats going on with supplies and shipping I could not find any, so I made do!