The concept of “food as medicine” is rooted in the ancient healing traditions. More than two thousands years ago, Hippocrates, the father of the medicine said: “Let medicine be your food and food be your medicine.”
Many of the modern diseases, are caused by wrong nutrition. They can be cured only with proper and healthy nutrition. In this article you will find out which spices and herbs are beneficial for your health.
We all know that there is nothing nicer than a meal prepared with some spices and herbs that you have purchased in the market or even picked in nature. Besides the fact that spices provide a nice flavor to the food, they are also medicinal.
Here are some of the most powerful healing spices!
Spice your life! Food as medicine
Basil is good for digestion. Basil also fights with insomnia, relieves anxiety and stimulates appetite. Tea of basil, is also great for nursing mothers because stimulates milk creation.
Rosemary is considered as natural replacement for aspirin, because it calms the nervous system and strengthens digestion. Rosemary is good for treatment of minor complaints of liver and metabolic problems. It is recommended for treating poor peripheral circulation. Rosemary is very powerful antioxidant that increases blood flow to the brain and protects the brain from free radicals, thereby reducing the risk of stroke and disease such as Alzheimer’s disease. This herb increases alertness and concentration while leading to more effective execution of tasks related to memory.
Natural antibiotic, which is useful against cramps. Oregano can cure inflammation in the sinuses, chronic sore throat, non-specific inflammation of the ear, common cold, flu and inflammation of the bladder. Detoxify, recover tissues, relieves pain. Very useful in cough, improves the digestive system and stimulates sweating.
Black pepper is used to promote the work of the digestive organs, against sore throat, fever and hemorrhoids.
Cinnamon is aromatic spice which has many medicinal properties. Only half a teaspoon of cinnamon per day reduces the concentration of blood sugar in diabetics. Lowers the amount of fat and bad cholesterol in the blood. Cinnamon has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties.
Mint stimulates the appetite, relieves stomach upsets and facilitates digestion. Mint is great natural remedy for diarrhea. The oil of mint can help in reducing headache, muscle pain or toothache.
Thyme is also very curative spice that is used with centuries. It is a natural remedy for digestive organs and calms the nervous system. Thyme is also good against intestinal parasites.
Coriander is effective in urinary tract infections, and also improves and speeds up digestion.
Sage is useful against sore throat. Sage can ease the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease, and improves the memory and the mood.
Parsley refreshes your breath. It is a powerful diuretic, great for urinary tract infections. Parsley is the most widely used herb with many versatile applications. It can be used in almost all foods. Parsley is rich in vitamins A, B1, B2, C and E. Reduces blood pressure, enhances the excretion of fluids, which means that cleans the body of toxins, calms nerves and relieves menstrual pain.
Garlic is a natural antibiotic. Garlic is useful against cold, cough, bronchitis and infections in the intestines. It purifies the blood vessels and lowers blood pressure.
Ginger stimulates the secretion of stomach juices, has antiseptic effect, soothes cough and cold. Ginger tea reduces morning sickness during pregnancy and menopause.
Turmeric has incredible anticancer properties. Turmeric is the spice that gives the yellow color of curry, and is mostly used in Indian cuisine and medicine. Turmeric contains substances that reduce the growth of tumors. Studies have shown that this powerful spice protects against colon cancer and melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer.