Herbs & Spices for Diabetes

More than just flavor!

Throughout history, herbs and spices have been celebrated for their medicinal properties. 

Adding herbs and spices to your diet at mealtime or in the form of supplements can be beneficial in controlling blood sugar. 

Herbs and spices have been shown to lower glucose levels, decrease insulin resistance and reduce inflammation.

A great way to cut back on the amount of salt, sugar, and fat in recipes, is to boost flavor with herbs and spices. 

Before using herbs and spices in supplement form (capsules, pills, powders), make sure you consult your healthcare provider, diabetes care team, or educator.

You might be surprised to know that some of these herbs and spices are already in your favourite foods! The following herbs and spices are great for people with diabetes:

Basil Leaves
Parsley Bunch
Thyme Sprigs
Cinnamon Sticks & Powder
Ginger Root
Cardamom Pods

Looking for ways to incorporate these superfoods into your diet? 

Try this Cinnamon Hibiscus Tea or this delicious Creamy Basil Dressing!

Creamy Basil Dressing

  • ¼ cup tahini
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 3-5 fresh basil leaves
  • 1-2 cloves of garlic
  • 6 tablespoons water (divided, more or less to thin)
  • Salt & pepper to season

Combine all ingredients along with 3 tablespoons of water and blend. Scrape the sides of the blender add the remaining water and blend again. If dressing is too thick, add more water and blend. If dressing is too thin, add a bit more tahini and blend.


This recipe can be made to your taste. Add more or less lemon, garlic, and basil depending on your preference. You can also substitute fresh basil for dried, or use another herb like dill, chives, or even spinach!

Tahini is a paste made from sesame seeds. Usually found with nut butter or in the international foods section at the grocery store. If you can’t find it, substitute vegan mayo or Greek yogurt.

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