There are many herbs and spices which provide far more nutritional and health benefits than you may have been aware of. Many cultures use these spices often, and have for centuries. All spices originate from plants (seeds, roots, barks, stems, leaves, etc.). Herbs and spices not only improve the taste of foods but they also preserve foods for longer periods of time. Many herbs and spices contain antiviral and antibacterial properties. They also contain more disease-fighting antioxidants than fruits or vegetables. The problem is that there is a huge gap in knowledge among Western America, where we are missing out on enormous benefits available to us – just at the tips of our fingers! Take a look at some of the incredible benefits you can enjoy from the Spices of Life below.
Cinnamon – Glowing Complexion
Cinnamon is not only a wonderful drink topper, but it also contains powerful antioxidants which can help repair skin damage. Cinnamon contains more antioxidants than a half cup of blueberries. To enjoy the benefits of this powerful spice, sprinkle a teaspoon on your coffee grounds before brewing. Ensure you are using the most potent spices available by maintaining a fresh stock – discard any spices more than 2 years old. Storing spices in a dark cupboard prevents heat (from stove) and/or sunlight will decrease their potency.
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Green Tea – UV Protection
Green tea has been enjoyed for centuries. It has anti-inflammatory, anti-aging, and antioxidant properties for skin. Studies have shown that using a green tea serum 30 minutes before going outside can reduce DNA damage as well as sunburn. Applying green tea topically can also provide endless benefits including thickening the epidermis, inhibiting an enzyme which causes dark spots, and speeding the healing of wounds. Perhaps switch that lunch time coffee for a green tea!
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Red Clover – Eczema
Herbs like red clover help to eliminate toxins in the bloodstream that appear to trigger inflammation. This magical herb also helps to soothe red, itchy, and scaly patches of skin which plague eczema sufferers. This herb is available as a tea, ointment/salve, and supplement for your choosing. If you choose to drink the tea, steep one to two teaspoons of dried clover flowers in hot water for half an hour. Sip 2-3 cups per day to see the benefits. The ointment is available with 10-15% red clover flower and supplements can be anywhere from 40-160mg per day.
Turmeric – Reduce Inflammation
Curcumin is the main active ingredient in turmeric which gives it the potent anti-inflammatory effects and is a very strong antioxidant. It helps the body to fight invaders as well as taking a role in repairing damage. Curcumin may also help delay aging and fight age-related chronic illness. The thing with curcumin is that it has very poor nutrient absorption in the bloodstream. However; black pepper actually increases curcumin absorption by up to 2000% if taken together. So, get out your cookbooks to find some tasty meals containing both for maximum benefits!
Fennel – Cleanse
Fennel is a root, with a licorice flavor. It is especially good for sensitive skin; it decreases redness and help minimize sensitivity caused by sun damage. Use products containing this herb to tighten, cleanse, soothe, and reduce puffiness.
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Garlic – Healthy Hair
Garlic is great for those who suffer from thin hair. Your follicles need nutrients to produce thick, healthy hair. Foods that contain cysteine (amino acid in garlic) help to invigorate your follicles and strengthen hair. Load up on garlic for immune fighting benefits as well! Garlic is a known herb for fighting infections and viruses. There are some great DIY garlic recipes online that you can make to bring all around benefits into your life – and it tastes great too!
Herbs and spices have been used throughout history for various medicinal, health & beauty benefits. Not to mention they make food taste great too. The problem is that many spices purchased at the grocery store have been sitting for a long period of time, meaning they have lost much of their potency. If you can grow your own it is highly recommended but if you can’t, try to buy organic at every opportunity.