For thousands of years, people have been enjoying the medicinal benefits of spices to treat common illnesses such as colds or to treat more complex health conditions such as cancer or diabetes.
Nowadays, an increasing number of people are opting to combine modern medicine with the power of ancient spices and herbs to improve their health and of course, to season their dishes. We continue our coverage of things you can do to maintain a healthy lifestyle – everything from a clean house to the things you eat.
Here are six of the numerous spices you can use and their benefits:
Use it to enhance mental focus. The scent of this aromatic herb improves memory and alertness. Burning rosemary oil in a clean house can help wonders if you need to study or work.
This herb pairs well with beef, potatoes, onion, citrus and garlic.
Turmeric has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Applying turmeric paste over wounds can speed the cicatrization process and if drank as infusion it can help to relieve colds or other respiratory problems.
Instead of drinking coffee or tea, try making turmeric latte!
A cinnamon infusion can boost appetite, relieve indigestion and menstrual cramps. The daily consumption of cinnamon can help lowering blood sugar in people with type 2 diabetes.
Although cinnamon can be used in salty dishes, this is a favorite spice among sweets. These easy apple-cinnamon fruit bars are the perfect snack to carry on a hike!
The consumption of chile pepper in meals may boost fat burning and trigger the body’s natural cooling system. They’re also high in E, can fight inflammatory arthritis, reduce cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
Chile pepper can be used in almost any dish, sweet or salty. The amount and selection of chile depends on how piquant you want your dish to be.
You can boost up your guacamole with a little bit (or a lot) of jalapeño, chive, lime zest and salt.
It has been considered by the Persians as a natural mood lifter, it can relieve the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome and depression. It pairs well with rice, shellfish, onion and garlic.
It goes really well with rice pudding. Just cook the rice of your preference in milk, add grinded cardamom, a pinch of saffron, raisins, and palm sugar. Simple and delicious!
The main component of cumin (cuminaldehyde) activates the salivary glands which facilitates the digestion of food. It also relieves gas troubles and improves appetite. To relieve stomach aches, take it as an infusion in hot water.
Grind cumin, coriander, fennel seeds and panko and put it on top of salmon before baking it. The perfect topping!
As you can see, herbs and spices are not only used to make a meal tastier, spices and herbs have many benefits that can improve your health, and if you combine this with a clean house, you will enjoy the benefits of a good physical and mental health.
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