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!
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:
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.
Turmeric contains curcumin which is the healing aspect of the spice. New studies confirm that curcumin is:
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 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.
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 is another one of the health spices and is used in folk medicine. Cinnamon benefits include:
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:
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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