Turning to nature for relief: 8 common spices that act as medicines

We have this overbearing habit of finding quick relief in reaching for over-the-counter medicines and Googling for worst case scenario diseases whenever we get the flu. Instead, why don’t we turn to nature for relief? I mean, prevention is indeed better than cure, isn’t it?

Here are some spices that sit in your kitchen counter that act remarkably as medicines that have the ability to calm, soothe and heal without even leaving the comfort of your home:

Cinnamon

Cinnamon is a very popular spice, especially down at the coast, that’s often used to flavor baked treats. But cinnamon is more than just a delicious additive in our cakes. Studies have shown that the spice has anti-inflammatory properties, which can ease swelling and the ritual of using just half a teaspoon daily can dramatically reduce bold glucose levels. It’s also very popular in keeping urinary tract infections at bay.

Coriander (dhania)

Coriander not only adds a burst of flavor to a dish, it also helps in fighting diabetes, lowering cholesterol levels, keeping high blood pressure under control and giving your immunity a boost thanks to its properties as an antifungal and antibacterial agent.

Garlic

The anti-inflammatory properties of garlic have been proven to ease arthritis symptoms. A little bit can go a long way. Use a clove or two of fresh garlic in almost any savory dish for added flavor and health benefits such as lowering the risk of heart disease by as much as 76%.

Garlic is also super effective in helping to keep off yeast infections and the common cold.

Turmeric

Turmeric is a brilliant yellow spice most commonly food in Indian cuisines and traditional Indian medicines.

Turmeric has been used as a medicine for centuries to treat wounds, infections, colds, and liver disease. The chemical responsible for its golden yellow color called curcumin, is a powerful anticancer agent, and helps suppress the inflammation that contributes to tumor growth.

Ginger

Most of us don’t like the bitter taste and smell left by the spice, but regular use of ginger plays a big role in treating stomach upsets, migraines and is also effective against nausea.

Cloves

The combination of anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties of cloves help stave off cancer and also boost protection from heart disease. Cloves have also been used to treat upset stomach, nausea, and inflammation of the mouth and throat.

Powdered clove works well in baked goods and in some savory dishes, like soups and stews. You can also use whole cloves to infuse both flavour and nutrition into hot drinks like tea.

 

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Cayenne

Most of us have been ingesting cayenne since our early childhood days without our knowledge. The amazing chili powder that we dash onto our roasted maize by the roadside is heavily infused with cayenne which has been praised for its health benefits since ancient times.

Cayenne is widely considered to be a powerful anti-inflammatory spice that fights off nose and throat congestion, reduces blood sugar and has long been used as a digestive aid as well.

Black pepper

Black pepper has been largely identified for its anti-inflammatory properties. Known as the “King of Spices,” black pepper has been valued for its flavour, its antibacterial and antioxidant benefits as well as its ability to preserve food.

It’s used as a relief from a respiratory disorder, the common cold, anaemia, heart disease and is also very effective in removing toxins from the body. Black pepper also induces digestion which can help you lose weight and increase the overall functioning of your body.

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