14 Healing Spices
Spices add more than flavor. They can do things like sooth your belly, stimulate circulation, or even help regulate your blood sugar. But how do you use them and how many do you really need?
1. Anise / Fennel
Two different seeds but similar in taste and benefits. Soothes the belly
and is great for digestive tract issues
(i.e. bloating, gas, constipation, or common stomach aches).
How to use: Anise has a flavor similar to licorice. Add to sauces or with a pan-fried dish for a sweet contrast. Use it with sweet ingredients to make tasty baked goods.
2. Cayenne Stimulates circulation, boosts the immune system, and is a great anti-inflammatory agent for arthritis, joint pain, and migraine symptoms.
How to use: Add to avocado, lemon water, soups, stir-fry, or sauces.
3. Chili Powder Contains many anti-inflammatory properties to help with joint aches and pains, and is also recognized for speeding up your metabolism.
How to use: Add to chocolate, soups, stir-fry, or sauces to add some kick to your meals
4. Cinnamon Regulates blood sugar, improves energy, helps with digestion, and is a great additive for those suffering with menstrual pain.
How to use: Use it in baked goods or beverages. I sprinkle on many vanilla or sweet tasting treats to help regulate blood sugar.
5. Cumin Relieves gas, soothes the body to induce a sound sleep, and supports a healthy digestive tract.
How to use: a little goes a long way, great for Mexican and Asian cuisine, beans, stews, soups, tacos, and sauces
6. Coriander Protects against urinary tract infections, lowers blood sugar, aids in digestion, and relieves intestinal gas. The spice coriander is the seed portion of the Coriander plant, from which Cilantro is derived. Cilantro helps remove toxins and heavy metals as well as promotes healthy liver function.
How to use: It has a citrus-like flavor and tang. Partners up nice with cumin. Great fresh kick to soups, rices, and vegetables of all sorts.
7. Garlic Powder Regulates blood pressure, contains anti-cancer properties, and strengthens body’s defenses against allergies.
How to use: Use it as a base or to build layers or to add a lot of flavor and potency to any meal.
8. Ginger Digestive aid that soothes the stomach, reduces swelling and inflammation. acts as an anti-coagulant in the blood, preventing clot formation. Shown to help with help with nausea, vomiting, and morning sickness.
How to use: It’s great for marinades, baking, and tea blends.
9. Mustard Stimulates blood circulation, contains anti-inflammatory properties, and is widely known to have laxative effects.
How to use: It has a spicy bite in flavor, similar use for curry friendly dishes or added to a honey for a marinade.
10. Oregano Contains strong anti-bacterial properties and a higher percentage of antioxidants than some fruits and vegetables.
How to use: Often partnered with basil, it is used with roasted vegetables, in soups, vinegars, salad dressings, in egg and cheese dishes and often mixed with other herbs like basil, parsley, thyme and garlic.
11. Paprika Regulates blood sugar, contains antibacterial properties, and contains a significant amount of Vitamin C.
How to use: It ranges from mild and sweet to spicy in flavor, great addition to meat, salmon, or roasted vegetables like parsnips.
12. Rosemary improve memory, treat colds, headaches, nervous tension and as an antispasmodic.
How to use: often used in French, Italian and Mediterranean cuisine and for marinades, with fish, chicken, onion, mushrooms, potatoes, winter squash and tomatoes. Works well with other spices such as garlic, parsley, sage, thyme and oregano
13. Thyme Soothes the lungs (or respiratory system) and has shown to help folks suffering from asthma, common cold coughs, and bronchitis.
How to use: It’s also good on any vegetable before roasting, a must in stocks, and nice in a vinaigrette.
14. Turmeric Naturally detoxes the liver, a potent anti-inflammatory, and contains many anti-cancer properties for prostate cancer, breast cancer, and melanoma.
How to use: Sprinkle some on an avocado. Dissolve it in a tablespoon of coconut oil before adding it to a smoothie. Stir it into olive oil and then toss in fresh vegetables. Consume turmeric or curcumin with black pepper. “Adding black pepper to turmeric or turmeric-spiced food enhances curcumin’s bioavailability by 1,000 times, due to black pepper’s hot property called piperine.