Healthy Spices to Keep in Your Kitchen Cabinet

Updated on January 5, 2018
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Lois has over ten years' experience in the home/herbal remedy field. She seeks to inform her readers and help them save money.

Spices Offer a Variety of Health Benefits

What kitchen does not have a supply of spices? If you do not use spices in your cooking, then you are missing out on delicious meals. Try eating a piece of meat without any sort of seasoning and see how boring the food tastes. Made from different parts of plants such as roots, stems, seeds and bark, spices not only season food and enhance flavor, they offer many health benefits. Spices have been used for numerous medicinal purposes for thousands of years in countries such as Egypt, Arabia and China.

Spices can be used to dress up a cup of tea.
Spices can be used to dress up a cup of tea. | Source

Healing Teas Hidden in Your Spice Rack

Imagine this scenario: You look out the window and it is raining blankets. The weather outside is dreary. It is the perfect day to sit in your favorite chair covered with a blanket reading a book with a nice cup of hot tea. You look through your teabags and all you have left are just some black tea. You have a craving for herbal teas but don’t want to drive to the nearest store. You get depressed because your day is ruined because you did not plan ahead and buy herbal teas the last time you went to the store. Do not feel sad. All you need to do is look in your spice rack. There are many teas that you can make with your spices. Not only will they give you a nice relaxing day, they come in handy when you are in the middle of cold and Flu season or are feeling under the weather.

  • Anise is an excellent spice for your tummy. It helps aid the digestive system after you eat meals and helps prevent indigestion and gas. Add a half of a teaspoon to a teaspoon of this spice to a cup of boiling water. Allow it to steep for fifteen minutes.
  • Found in many Italian dishes, oregano is excellent for fighting indigestion and bloating. It is also effective in cold symptoms and reducing fevers. To make the tea, crush a teaspoon of dried oregano into a cup of boiling water. Allow it to steep for ten to fifteen minutes before drinking.
  • Rosemary contains many medicinal uses. It helps improve circulation by dilating the blood vessels. It helps relieve your stomach of pains. It contains soothing properties and calms your nervous systems and helps you relax. When you keep your nerves calm, you reduce the chance of getting stress headaches and may even have a more alert memory. To make a nice relaxing tea, add a teaspoon of rosemary to a cup of boiling water. Allow it to steep for ten to fifteen minutes before drinking.
  • Sage is another memory improving spice. It is also an excellent spice to reduce night sweats caused by menopause. When you are suffering from cold and Flu symptoms including coughs and sinus pressure, this spice will do wonders. To make a tea, add four teaspoons of sage to a cup of boiling water. Allow it to steep for ten to fifteen minutes before drinking.
  • Thyme is excellent for many stomach problems such as gas, indigestion and diarrhea. It is also effective for your respiratory system and helps relieve coughs and other cold symptoms. To make a tea, add two teaspoons of thyme to a cup of boiling water. Allow it to steep for ten to fifteen minutes before drinking.

While you can add the spices directly to a cup of hot water, you may have to strain the tea before you drink it. You can do this by using a fine mesh strainer or a coffee filter. However, a good investment may be a tea ball. It is best to allow the spices to steep for the recommended times instead of drinking it right away. The longer you allow it to sit, the more medicinally effective the tea will be.

Indian Spices
Indian Spices | Source

The Many Health Benefits of Spices

Basil

  • Contains anti-inflammatory properties—excellent for pain due to rheumatoid arthritis and Crohn's Disease
  • Major antioxidant-helps fight against disease-causing free radicals
  • Loaded with minerals such a potassium, magnesium, iron and vitamin K
  • Contains anti-aging properties-helps fight against degenerative conditions
  • Contains anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties-infection fighting
  • Contains anti-inflammatory properties
  • Contains expectorant properties-excellent for respiratory infections

Black Pepper

  • Aids in digestion-prevents bloating and gastroenteritis
  • Powerful antioxidant-fights against free radicals
  • Contains antibacterial properties
  • Helps speed up your body's metabolism
  • Helpful in treating and preventing colds and the flu
  • Loaded with nutrients, such as manganese, vitamin k and iron.

Cardamom

  • Excellent aid in digestion-reduces heartburn, relieves intestinal spasms,
  • Contains antiseptic properties-excellent against bad breath
  • Excellent spice to remove toxins from your body.
  • Helps relieve symptoms of allergies
  • Contains expectorant properties-good for asthma, bronchitis, sore throat
  • Contains diuretic properties-cleans kidneys, reduces the chances of getting kidney stones

Cayenne

  • Contains anti-inflammatory properties-fights inflammation in the body including joint pain caused by arthritis.
  • Contains antioxidants-fights free radicals
  • Disease-fighting capabilities
  • Helps speed up your body's metabolism-excellent spice if you are trying to lose weight
  • Helps reduce cholesterol levels in your blood
  • Helps burn body fat
  • Helps clear up your sinuses
  • Helps heal stomach ulcers

Cinnamon

  • Contains antiseptic properties-excellent for toothpaste and mouthwash
  • Contains anti-inflammatory properties-natural pain reliever
  • Rich in antioxidants-fights free radicals
  • Helps keep blood sugar levels at a normal level because this spice has insulin life qualities
  • Helps improve circulation throughout the body
  • Helps boost metabolism-effective spice if you are trying to lose weight
  • Effective in reducing cholesterol
  • Makes your mind more alert by improving brain function
  • Excellent source of fiber, calcium and iron.
  • Aids in digestion

Cloves

  • Contains antiseptic properties—excellent for toothpaste and mouthwash
  • Contains anti-inflammatory properties—excellent for toothaches and joint pain
  • Contains anti-viral properties—excellent for treating fungal infections
  • Rich in antioxidants; fights free radicals
  • Excellent for the digestive system; relieves indigestion
  • Rich in vitamin C-helps fight cold symptoms
  • Rich in minerals such as manganese, calcium, magnesium and vitamin K.

Cumin

  • Used in Middle Eastern and Asian cooking
  • Excellent source of iron
  • Excellent for the digestive system-especially with gas, flatulence diarrhea, bowel spasms and morning sickness
  • Contains anti-inflammatory properties-helps relive painful joints especially pain due to carpal tunnel syndrome.
  • Contains diuretic properties-helps the body reduce water
  • Contains astringent properties-excellent for skin conditions such as acne

Fenugreek

  • A Mediterranean spice
  • Major source of vitamin C; boosts immune system
  • Major source of protein; helps build muscles
  • Excellent source of niacin (vitamin B3); helps raise good cholesterol
  • Helps lower blood glucose levels
  • Helps relieve symptoms of menopause and pms
  • Helps relieve heartburt and acid reflux symptoms

Cinnamon Sticks
Cinnamon Sticks | Source

Garlic

  • Excellent antioxidant; fights free radicals
  • Helps lower blood pressure
  • Helps lower blood cholesterol
  • Helps relieve gas and flatulence
  • Contains antibiotic and antibacterial properties; effective in preventing skin conditions from getting infected
  • Contains anti-viral properties—helps fight against and prevent the stomach flu
  • Helps treat cold symptoms

Ginger

  • Excellent antioxidant-fights free radicals
  • Contains gingerol-helps treats nausea, vomiting and morning sickness
  • Excellent for digestive systems-helps relieve bloating
  • Helps relives coughs and other colds symptoms
  • Contains anti-inflammatory properties-helps relieve arthritic joint pain
  • Contains minerals such as copper, magnesium, manganese, potassium and vitamin B6

Nutmeg

  • Contains expectorant properties; effective in treating asthma symptoms
  • Contains antiseptic properties; effective in treating bad breath
  • Helps lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels
  • Excellent for digestive system; relieves diarrhea

Oregano

  • Contains vitamin A and calcium needed for strong bones and healthy teeth
  • Contains vitamin C; boosts the immune system
  • Contains phytonutrients,powerful antioxidants that fight off free radicals

Red Chilli Pepper

  • Contains capsaicin, the component that makes it hot
  • Improves digestion
  • Relieves pain
  • Destroys bacteria
  • Speeds up the metabolism
  • Contains vitamin c; boosts the immune system
  • Loaded with antioxidants, fights free radicals
  • Loaded with minerals such as potassium, magnesium, manganese, iron and copper

Saffron

  • Contains expectorant properties; excellent for asthma, coughs and loosening phlegm
  • Contains calming and relaxing problems, used for insomnia
  • Good for heart-lowers cholesterol and prevents hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis)
  • Good for digestive system; reduces gas and heartburn
  • Helps relive women who have painful menstrual cycles

Thyme

  • Rich in vitamin K and calcium, excellent for strong bones and teeth
  • Major source of iron; helps build up red blood cells
  • Contains flavonoids-an antioxidant that helps fight free radicals
  • Helps lower blood pressure
  • Contains expectorant properties; excellent for coughs
  • Contains vitamin c; boosts your immune system
  • Contains carvacrol—excellent mood enhancer

Turmeric

  • The king of spices
  • Contains antioxidants, fights free radicals
  • Contains anti-inflammatory properties, fights inflammation of the joints
  • Contains anti-viral properties, helps protect your body from infections
  • Helps speed up the recovery of wounds.
  • Helps improve skin conditions such as acne, psoriasis and eczema
  • Contains curcumin, which is excellent for detoxing the liver

This is just a sampling of all of the health benefits spices can offer you. The spices listed are only a fraction of those throughout the world. If you want to explore more, look at the different spices at your local grocery store research them at your library or online.

Disclaimer

Discuss with your doctor which spices you want to use, since some may have a negative impact on your current medical condition. Certain spices may interact with medications and supplements you may be already taking.

© 2017 Lois Ryan

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