Your spice rack is full of herbs and spices that can naturally boost your health and fight disease. Here are 7 healthy herbs and spices you probably already have at home.
Turmeric may be the most important spice to add to your diet that’s on this list. That is because turmeric has the kind of anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory benefits that keep your body from breaking down and aging prematurely. For party-goers out there, turmeric can even help you with that zombie-like hangover you woke up with. Turmeric before you go to sleep after drinking can help your liver process the alcohol in your body, reducing the hangover effects the next day.
Cinnamon, that favorite spice for all things baked and yummy is a lot more than a tasty topping for your breakfast. Cinnamon has been used for centuries in Eastern medicine to treat cramps that come along with menstruation. It’s also a great source for anti-inflammatory anti-oxidants.
Sage isn’t just for New Agers who want to clear negative energy out of a room anymore. This common herb is also important in making sure that your intestinal tract is in working order, and is known to help fight against brain problems like depression and Alzheimer’s disease. Using sage is also a proven booster of memory abilities.
Mint can be used to settle down upset stomach and to fight other digestion problems like diarrhea or bad gas. Mint is also a natural mosquito repellant, which makes eating it and rubbing it on your skin a perfect way to keep yourself smelling fresh and free of annoying bites.
Ginger has been used for years to treat stomach upsets—that’s where the old home remedy of drinking ginger ale comes from, in part. Ginger is also beneficial for relieving muscle pain, nausea, even joint pain caused by arthritis. Ginger has a strong flavor but makes itself a nice flavor kick to dishes like stir frys, rice pilafs or even oven-roasted chicken.
- Cayenne Pepper
This hot little pepper can do a lot more than spice up your salads. Cayenne is a known fighter of the common cold. How? The same burning sensation that it creates as a food item is the way it helps you as a natural cure. The heat generated by the hot pepper stimulates muscus in your airways, relieving congestion and opening up closed sinuses. Plus, it’s packed with Vitamin C, so it makes a spicy supplement to the orange juice you’re drinking to fight your cold.
Okay, maybe this is cheating. Chocolate isn’t technically a spice. But doesn’t that depend on your lifestyle? Chocolate has been found to have memory boosting qualities that make it essential for anyone looking to keep their mind sharp. Plus, it’s chock full of anti-oxidants. Plus it’s an aphrodisiac. Plus, it gives you a healthy energy boost when you’re feeling low, which means it’s also a natural anti-depressant.