HEALTH SPICES
To Incorporate into your Daily Diet!


You'll probably be surprised that the following list of health spices are very common! Even though most of them are available in other forms such as capsules, tablets, oils, etc., the easiest and least expensive way to use them is in cooking. Not only do you enhance your health by using them on a regualr basis, but you also enhance your cooking!

Remember to buy organic spices and herbs whenever possible!

HEALING GARLIC

Garlic is one of the super healthy spices! To get the most benefits from garlic (especially as an antibiotic) you should eat it raw but cooked garlic is also very good for you! You can even make a tincture of garlic for convenient everyday use.

Benefits of garlic:

  • Prevents infectious disease
  • Aids digestion
  • Fights infections and parasites
  • Powerful antibiotic
  • Increases circulation
  • Antibacterial - An enemy of most fungus's including yeast infections
  • Great for heart health
  • Lowers cholesterol
  • Lowers blood sugar levels
  • It's even said to help eliminate lead and other heavy metals from the body!

If your fighting an infection and want to get down some raw garlic try coating it with honey.

Set aside a small amount of garlic to feed your dog once or twice a week to keep him healthier and worm free!

Use garlic in:
All tomato based dishes such as spagetti, pizza, lasagna, hotdishes and casseroles, mashed potatoes, meat marinades and pasta dishes. Be creative! I'd try just about anything with garlic except maybe dessert.

Try to get 3 to 5 crushed cloves a day for the most benefits. Garlic is the champion of the health spices!

People with blood clotting problems should not use garlic excessively. Nursing mothers should also avoid too much garlic.

TURMERIC (Curry, Tumeric, Curcumin)

Tumeric is one of many health spices from India and the main ingredient in curry. The healing benefits of turmeric have been used for thousands of years (especially in Ayurvedic medicine) but are not widely known in the US.

This healing spice is said to help with acne, digestive disorders, allergies, liver damage, auto-immune disorders, liver disorders, burns, skin rashes, chicken pox, tumors, diabetes, ulcers and even eye problems. It is also said to fight cancer and Alzheimer's disease.

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Turmeric contains curcumin which is the healing aspect of the spice. New studies confirm that curcumin is:

  • A natural body/blood cleanser
  • A digestive aid
  • Anti-inflamatory
  • Anti-parasitic
  • Antibacterial
  • Antiviral
  • Great for the heart (tumeric is anti-clotting)
  • Protection for the liver
  • An antioxidant
  • Effective medicine for boils and staph infections
  • Shown to have anti cancer properties
  • Known to reduce arthritis pain

USE TURMERIC IN:
Curry dishes, any rice dishes or combinations, yellow vegetables, chili, salad dressings, pickles, butters, soups & stews, taco meat, etc.

You can also add turmeric to certain oils such as olive or sesame oil to extend their shelf life. As a bonus you'll also reap the healthy benefits of tumeric whenever you use the oil!

Try to get 1/2 to 1 teaspoon a day for benefits as a general tonic. To treat arthritis pain or any other condition, take 1 cup of warm milk and add 1 teaspoon of organic tumeric. Drink up to 3 cups a day for maximum benefits.

GINGER

Ginger has been used for thousands of years and is known as the "herb of the gods". Indians used it as a physical and spiritual cleanser. The Chinese used it for colds, fever, chills, tetanus, leprosy, digestion and even as an antidote for shellfish poisoning. Ginger was used by sailors to prevent seasickness and by pregnant women for morning sickness.

Ginger:

  • Alleviates nausea and dizziness
  • Increases circulation
  • Reduces gas
  • May relieve pain and inflammation of arthritis
  • Relieves muscle pain
  • Fights off virus's
  • Is a wonderful digestive aid
  • Helps alleviate menstrual pain and cramps
  • Helps to prevent heart disease & strokes

USE GINGER IN: Fish, cakes, pies, fruits, stews, vegetables, stir fies, cheese dishes, beverages, apples and most Asian dishes. Try adding 1/2 teaspoon grated ginger to your tuna salad!

To use ginger medicinally try to get 1/2 teaspoon of ginger 4 times a day. Many spice mix well with milk when your trying to take herbs medicinaly.

CINNAMON

Cinnamon is another one of the health spices and is used in folk medicine. Cinnamon benefits include:

  • Fighting colds & fevers
  • Tonifying the kidneys
  • Treating asthma
  • Relieving menopause symptoms
  • Aiding digestion
  • Settling a nervous stomach
  • Keeping diabetes under control

New studies have shown that cinnamon contains a substance that helps cells respond to insulin and can reduce blood sugar levels from 18 to 29%! This is great news for diabetics!

USE CINNAMON IN: Apple cider or juice, desserts, puddings, stews, carrots, squash, sweet potatoes and even your chamomile tea. I add cinnamon and clove to my chili as a secret ingredient though as of now it's no longer a secret!

You can also try 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon in some peanut butter and spread over apple slices.

Try to get 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon or one stick of cinnamon a day.

Here's a list of more health spices and their benefits:

  • Rosemary and basil for their anti-inflammatory power
  • Cumin and sage for their dementia-fighting power
  • Cayenne and cinnamon for their obesity-fighting power
  • Coriander and cinnamon for their sugar regulating powers
  • Lemon grass, nutmeg, bay leaves and saffron for their calming effects on your mood
  • Turmeric for its cancer fighting power
  • Oregano for its fungus-beating power
  • Garlic, mustard seed, cayenne pepper and chicory for their heart-pumping power
  • Basil and thyme for their skin-saving power
  • Turmeric, basil, cinnamon, thyme, saffron, and ginger for their immune-boosting power
  • Coriander, rosemary, cayenne, allspice and black pepper for their depression-busting power

These are just a few of the health spices that can be used as home remedies or to simply get healthy naturally! More to come!!

In no way should the home remedy information provided in this site be considered a substitute for competent medical care. Rather the information presented here is intended as supplemental information in your quest for optimum health. Do not undertake any self treatment while undergoing a prescribed course of medical treatment without first seeking professional advice.


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