Have you ever wondered what people did before modern medicine? Before modern medicine, there were herbs, spices, and plants. Some places across the globe have retained the use and knowledge of Nature’s remedies. Other places in the world, are only now returning to such safe and simple healing sources. Eating healthy is more than just about weight loss but healthy food habits can result in medical healing.
Many herbs and spices do more than simply flavor food. Research suggests that certain seasonings help prevent or relieve various medical conditions. I will review six basic culinary spices that have been known to offer relief for a multitude of symptoms. These spices can be stirred into food or sprinkled over it in order for these medicinal spices to benefit the consumer.
Cayenne is a spice that is a “must” for any first-aid kit. It will take care of most bleeding problems, external or internal by the time a person counts to ten. If the bleeding is internal, cayenne can be mixed with warm water. Usually one to two teaspoons is sufficient. Drinking the liquid is sufficient to stop bleeding caused by hemorrhaging to nosebleeds. If a wound is external, cayenne can be sprinkled on it or large amounts can be rubbed into the wound and covered with gauze.
Cayenne is also known to relieve gas and problems with indigestion. It is also great for relieving headaches. In the case of gas or headache, pour 1 cup boiling water over ½ teaspoon cayenne powder and stir. Drink three times daily.
Cinnamon is the next healing spice. Its potential benefits are: stomach pain relief, cholesterol reduction, and blood sugar reduction in patients with type 2 diabetes. Studies have shown that just ½ teaspoon of cinnamon per day can lower LDL cholesterol. To relieve the upset stomach, just mix ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon into one cup of applesauce.
The next “miracle spice” is cloves. Most spices are excellent sources of antioxidants but cloves is the richest resource for antioxidants in the spice family. It also has natural antiseptic and germicidal properties that aid in sanitizing and fighting infections. Clove oil on a cotton ball makes a great analgesic for pain.
The next spice, garlic, although dreaded by vampires, has been recognized by societies for thousands of years for its medicinal properties. It is well-known for its natural anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-viral benefits. Multiple studies have supported the fact that helps prevent stomach and colorectal cancers. It also helps to prevent artery-blocking blood clots. This can be accomplished with ½ to ¾ of a teaspoon of garlic powder daily.
Ginger is the next spice to highlight here. It is widely used to treat nausea. It has been used to quell uneasiness in the stomach due to chemotherapy or motion sickness. It also has aspirin-like effects that relieves the pain of arthritis. Its relief for arthritis sufferers is because of its anti-inflammatory properties.
The last of the “Super Six” spices is turmeric. It is a favorite spice used by Indian women. It is a main ingredient in many curries. It is the spice that may prevent Alzheimer’s Disease. Recent studies have shown that people who consume large amounts of curry score higher on mental performance tests than those who rarely consume it. Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, it has also brought relief to arthritis sufferers. As little as ¼ teaspoon daily sprinkled on food will have anti-inflammatory effect over time.
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In a society that has relied far too heavily on the pharmaceutical industry to restore health, it’s refreshing to be reminded that there are healthy, as well as flavorful alternatives to alleviate symptoms. An added bonus is that the increased consumption of these spices can also prevent the ailments in the first place from ever developing at all.
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