Spice of Life

Since the earliest times, spices and herbs have been used for healing. We may not know it but our spice rack is packed with potent medicines that we can use as natural therapies. Here's a list of some of the most helpful spices.

BASIL. A herb native to India, where it has long been revered as sacred and is known as "Holy Basil." It is an immune stimulant and increases production of disease-fighting antibodies. The herb also kills bacteria on skin and fights acne. You can use it as a skin wash or drink it as tea. For tea - put 2 to 3 tsp dried leaves in a cup of boiling water and steep for 10 minutes. Drink 3 cups daily. For skin wash - put 2 tsp dried basil in a cup of boiling water. Let cool then apply on skin with a cotton ball.

DILL. This aniseed-flavored herb have been long used for healing stomach upsets. It works as a digestive aid by fighting bacteria that attacks the intestinal tract. It also fight E. coli bacteria which causes UTIs. For tea - put 2 tsp bruised seeds in a cup of boiling water. Steep 10 minutes, drink 3 cups daily. For bath - tie 1 tbsp dill seed in a sock and add to water. This can help prevent urinary tract infection.

TARRAGON. This herb is a member of the daisy family and is native to southern Europe. It is traditionally used as an appetite stimulant. It fights disease-causing bacteria and helps prevent infection. For heart disease - the chemical rutin helps prevent artery-narrowing plaque deposits. This herb also has anti-cancer properties. Make a tea by steeping 1 to 2 tsp dried herb in a cup of boiling water for 10 to 15 minutes. Drink 3 cups daily.

TURMERIC is a golden spice that is a mainstay in Indian curries. Best for arthritis, wounds, liver protection and heart protection. It has an anti-inflammatory action and it helps prevent infection and reduces cholesterol level. The chemical curcumin in turmeric protects liver tissue. For minor wounds, wash wound thoroughly then sprinkle on turmeric powder. As a digestive drink, mix 1 tsp of powder per cup of warm milk.

GINGER is a warming aromatic spice used in cooking and healing. It relieves nausea and dizziness for motion and morning sickness. It eases menstrual cramps and helps fight colds and flu by boosting the immune system. Ginger also reduces cholesterol and helps lower blood pressure. For tea - steep 2 tsp powdered or grated root in a cup of boiling water for 10 minutes. Drink 2 to 3 cups daily.

CLOVE is an aromatic healing spice and an ancient breath freshener. It provides temporary pain relief for toothache and is an effective oral disinfectant. An infection fighter, it destroys intestinal parasites. Dip a cotton swab in clove oil and apply to affected tooth and gum. For tea - dissolve 1 tsp powdered cloves in a cup of boiling water and steep for 15 minutes. Drink 3 cups daily.

There are more spices on the list but I've decided to post them in 2 parts as this has gotten really long. I'll be publishing the second part next week.


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18 comments:

Susan Helene Gottfried said...

Cool! I knew about cloves, but some of these others were new to me.

Rainbow Painter Blog said...

WOW! Nice info. I Know about ginger because my mom use it to relieve nausea. Eagerly waiting for part 2 btw.

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Ness said...

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Petra said...

Neat, thanks for the list!

Laura said...

This is great information. Thanks for sharing it with us! :)

Constance Chan said...

i love basil! i used to plant pots and pots of them.

spymama said...

spymama loves this information. maybe i should print it out and put them on the fridge. tks for sharing

kikamz said...

i love basil especially when you use it on pasta.

kikamz said...

i love basil especially when you use it on pasta.

Imelda said...

As always, u are one who keeps me informed of very impt things like this.

Insights from the Grocery Cart said...

Love basil. Does eating pesto count? Haha.

Happy Wednesday, Liza!

Carol

HEALTH NUT WANNABEE MOM said...

This is so interesting to me! I had no idea spices were so beneficial!

mouseclone said...

This is a really good list. I will have to remember to come back here and get the rest of them

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Chrisi said...

this is very informative and interesting!

gay said...

Tarragon is a favorite, so easy to cultivate kaya ang sarap gamitin sa pagluluto. Fresh or dry tarragon, top into fried eggs, it's delicious.

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