Chefs and home cooks have always used spices to prepare delicious healthy dishes.
However, wherever I look lately, spices are taking prominence for not only cooking but for great health benefits.
It’s really recently that I personally have discovered the world of spices, how versatile they are, and how they can be used in so many assorted ways. They can be used of course in spicing up that special dish and also as a healthier substitute for perhaps sugar and salt.
But did you know they can be also used to help your health in many diverse areas?
For instance, here are two very important uses for the spices ginger and turmeric:
When you feel a headache coming on or maybe you woke up with one, here’s what I do. Regularly keep ginger in the refrigerator so it’s always handy – and it keeps extremely well. Peel and cut off about ½ inch and chew it up. Just know it can be pretty sharp, but it cannot hurt you. And very shortly you’ll notice that pain has either gone away completely or it’s vastly improved. A more preferred way of pain relief than opening the medicine cabinet!
Have trouble getting to sleep? Reach for that golden beneficial turmeric and make this drink. Click HERE for this healthy very effective recipe. And in spite of all the prep, I’ve gotten this down to less than 10 minutes from start to finish! Again, a much healthier alternative to sleeping pills or similar!
Another healthier aspect to working with spices is that they can be used as a more delicious and healthier substitute for cooking with salt and sugar.
Although there are literally hundreds of various spices, let’s take a look at some of the basic ones. These are the spices that you should keep on hand for both cooking and for use in alleviating various health issues. Keep in mind here that although there are so many versatile spices used for so many reasons, I’m keeping it here to the ones I’m familiar with and have had such great experience using.
Take a look at my favorites:
♥ Ginger – add a tsp of ground ginger to your morning coffee for a refreshing taste treat. It’s a great way to start your day. Also if you may wake up with muscle aches or pains, ginger can help relieve it. Or brew fresh ginger tea for a stomach ache. Grate a tsp of ginger root into a cup of boiling water, let steep for 10 minutes, add a small amount of honey and enjoy.
♥ Cinnamon – I add this great aromatic spice to everything that could call for it including green tea. It’s said that when Columbus found America, he was actually searching for sources of cinnamon. Whether that’s true or not, it certainly shows that even back then, they were aware of the benefits of this spice with that amazing aroma.
♥ Turmeric – An amazing addition to your diet with its beneficial healing properties. This spice has been touted for many healthful aids including its use as an anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant, and also has been linked to improved brain function. And some scientists claim it may help delay aging and fight age-related chronic diseases.
♥ Garlic and Onion – Even though both are plants rather than spices, I’ve included them since they should have a top place in your kitchen due to their healthful benefits. Not only do they make extremely flavorful additions to so many dishes, their health boosts are also touted by nutritionists. Garlic is rich in vitamin C, vitamin B6, and manganese and helps elevate the immune system. Onions are particularly high in vitamin C, which is involved in regulating immune health, collagen production, tissue repair, and iron absorption.
♥ Black Pepper – This plant is used as a spice and contains minerals like potassium, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, sodium, as well as vitamins such as thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, and vitamin B6. Other nutrients include vitamin E, folate, and vitamin K. Because of these minerals, use black pepper often in cooking. And when using turmeric, always add a pinch of black pepper since this will increase the benefits derived from using it.
Some of the other spices I rely on are oregano, basil, paprika, and so many more that I cannot even list them here.
You should definitely experiment with spices in your kitchen of course and remember all the different spices available for various aids to your health. Many times as mentioned earlier, substituting nature’s spices for some over the counter preparations can do wonders for your continuing health. And that’s what we’re all about here!
Just another way of loving life because you can experience that glow of health!
So let’s start adding spices to our life so we’ll all be healthier, more energetic, and loving life!