Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Health Benefits of Spices and Herbs

Spices and herbs have been used by our ancestors for centuries for their medicinal qualities as well as for their culinary enhancements. Researchers continue to study the healing properties that can be offered by these natural remedies.

Questions you may have include:

What are some of the medicinal qualities of spices?
How are they used to heal?
What are some good spices to use?
This lesson will answer those questions. There is a mini-quiz near the end of the lesson. Health Disclaimer

Favorite spices
Here are a few of my favorite spices with their benefits:

Cayenne pepper and Tabasco sauce
Cayenne pepper and Tabasco sauce can increase metabolism and fat-burning ability by up to 25%.

Ginger speeds metabolic rate, plus it inhibits nausea and vomiting often caused by morning sickness or motion sickness.

Peppermint is used to treat gastric and digestive disorders, as well as tension and insomnia.

Mustard is a stimulant that can be used to relieve respiratory complaints.

Horseradish is a relative of the mustard family that acts as a digestive stimulant.

Cinnamon is often used as an antidote for diarrhea and stomach upset as well as a metabolism booster.

Allspice is an aromatic stimulant that helps to relieve indigestion and gas.

Regular consumption of garlic can decrease blood pressure and cholesterol levels. It also aids digestion and prevents flatulence. Recent research shows garlic to be beneficial in the treatment of diabetes.

Turmeric is an antioxidant that neutralizes free radicals and therefore protects against cancer.

Use these spices to spice up your health.