Spices can actually spice up your life with an array of health benefits. One just needs to get a hang of what spices can do and that’s going to be quite a bit. However, in case a spice is available whole in dried form then it is always better to buy that and powder it. Spices were used as medicines back in the days of the Greek and Egyptian civilizations and the Chinese made teas out of these and everything else.
Below Listed Are Ten Spices Found In Most American And European Shelves And Their Medicinal Uses:
Black pepper in chicken soup is the most common home remedy for common cold, yet pepper alone can do the trick. Drinking lukewarm water with pepper in it can help battle common cold and also clear congestion. Peppercorns crushed in a crusher taste the best when added to soups and stews. Pepper helps increase appetite and that’s helpful as loss of appetite due to stress is a common health issue. Despite increasing appetite, this spice promotes digestion as well as weight loss. The piperine in pepper holds back the fat accumulation and also promotes metabolism. Black pepper contains many more health benefits and used to be one of the most expensive spices few centuries ago. Back then this spice was guarded and reserved only for the privileged few.
Cinnamon has long been used to cure anxiety and sleeplessness caused due to stress. Cinnamon powder can be sprinkled on warm milk sweetened with honey, or whole cinnamon boiled in water can make a good cinnamon tea and you can sweeten this drink with honey. Cinnamon is also useful against cold, cough and indigestion. This spice also contains antibacterial properties and is effective against intestinal worms. This spice can also lower bacterial growth in refrigerated food because it’s common that those with a busy lifestyle cook twice or thrice a week and refrigerating food always bears the risk of bacterial growth. Cinnamon is also very effective on gingivitis because of its antibacterial and antifungal properties.
Cardamom is one of the most useful spices that can be used as a mouth-refresher and can help cure halitosis or bad breath and dental infections. Cardamom also helps cure nausea and appetite loss. Chewing cardamom can also help cure cough and throat infections because of its antibacterial property. The best thing about this spice is that one can simply chew on it. Another way to use this spice is to crush and add this to warm milk sweetened with honey. This spice can also be used in the regular tea and that can refresh and relax.
Cloves are useful in dental infections because of its antibacterial and anti-fungal properties that make this spice a wonder spice. Cough is often caused due to germs and bacteria and chewing on these can help in dealing with those germs.
This spice can do wonders right from fading scars to putting one to sleep. A glass of warm milk with some nutmeg powder can make one feel relaxed and is excellent if one is suffering from sleeplessness. Nutmeg is known to have the ability to detox liver and kidney. Nutmeg has antibacterial and antimicrobial properties that can help treat bad breath and can be useful in the initial stages of gingivitis by reducing plaque formation. Plaque is basically bacteria, food debris and saliva, so once an antibacterial agent such as nutmeg reaches it then the plaque formation that causes gingivitis, halitosis and tooth decay gets controlled.
These seeds found in soups, cheeses and stews are extremely rich in dietary fiber and also helps promote digestion. If children have infantile colic or constipation then try giving some caraway seeds and boiled in water, but strain this drink after it boils and then let it cool before it is served. Grown-ups can also try that to cure constipation by increasing dietary fiber.
These seeds are excellent in promoting digestion and acts as a mouth refresher. One can chew some fennel seeds after a meal to get rid of flatulence, bloating or constipation. Fennel seeds being rich in fiber can cure constipation. Powdered Fennel seeds have a distinct sweetish flavor that adds a classic taste to the various dishes. Making a paste of fennel seeds and using these in juices or drinking it mixed with warm water is most beneficial. These seeds need to be preserved in an air-tight container and kept away from moisture.
Spice up your stews and grills with this excellent spice that can cure a number of diseases such as cold, congestion and even promotes secretion of saliva. Saliva secretion is essential in the oral health and many people suffer from dry mouth condition that can cause bad breath. Cayenne pepper promotes heart health by keeping LDL, which is the bad cholesterol under check. This spice gives the necessary boost to the metabolism and that helps lose weight faster. Cayenne pepper can help with gum infections and is often used as a home remedy until one gets to meet the dentist.
Fenugreek seeds are available in dried form throughout the year and can be powdered and stored in an air-tight container without letting any moisture get to it. This spice used in stews and breads has a bitter taste to it. Fenugreek seeds can be used to cure digestive problems, cough and bronchitis. It can also help cure constipation as it is a good source of fiber. This spice can lower LDL, which is the bad cholesterol because it contains compounds and minerals that help do that.
Good you thought of pizza at the very name of this spice and that makes your pizza not all that unhealthy. Dried oregano is antibacterial and can be effective against Giardiasis. Dried oregano is also a good source of vitamin K, dietary fiber and omega 3 fatty acids. Pizzas are not the only ones that taste great with dried oregano and the other ways to use it is to sprinkle some on egg omelets, salads or into a sandwich or a burger. However remember that this spice should be added only after a dish is cooked because cooking this spice can cause loss of flavor.