5 spices and herbs that heal

Health tips: We tend to resort to medication to treat sinusitis when a simple course of cinnamon tea would do the trick. Yes, spices and herbs preserve us, strengthen us and prevent us from certain health problems! Here are the 5 everyday spices and herbs that heal us.

Health tips: Colds, intestinal issues, and skin problems are just some of the common ailments that force us to see a doctor. Admittedly, this is a good reflex, but for some of our ailments, the remedy is sometimes found at home. Generally used to spice up our dishes or give them a special flavor, spices and herbs contain many health benefits and could even heal us.

1. Turmeric for Iron Deficiency (Health tips)

Very little was used in Western Europe a few years ago, turmeric is a spice very present in Indian cuisine. But, did you know that turmeric is richer in iron than red meat? Cumin is the queen of vegetable alternatives to overcome iron deficiencies and remedy anemia.

Although we only consume a tiny amount on a daily basis, sprinkling our dishes with this golden spice helps meet our daily iron needs. Furthermore, cumin has excellent anti-cancer properties. This plant from the ginger family will therefore do you the greatest good if you make a habit of spicing up your dishes with this spice.

Health tips: How to take advantage of its benefits? In case of iron deficiency, take a cup of golden milk every morning. It is a drink made from vegetable milk (almond, coconut), turmeric, cinnamon, honey, black pepper, and ginger.

2. Cumin for digestive problems (Health tips)

Tumeric was once a little-known spice in Western Europe, but it is now a common ingredient in Indian cuisine. These brown seeds come from the plant of the same name which comes from the Umbelliferae family.

Rich in iron, calcium, potassium, and vitamin C, cumin has many therapeutic properties. But, it is its digestive benefits that are the most interesting to highlight. It opens the appetite, makes digestion easier, and fights bloat, gas, and diarrhea. It is therefore an ideal space if you are planning heavy dishes for digestion.

Health tips: How to take advantage of its benefits? In case of recurring management problems, it is advisable after each meal to drink an infusion of cumin. For this, infuse a teaspoon of cumin seeds in a cup of hot water, then add honey and lemon.

3. Basil to strengthen your immune system (Health tips)

We know it, it evokes the south and enhances the taste of a large part of Mediterranean dishes. This is basil, one of the most common herbs in the diet of the French. Rich in vitamin A, C, or even phosphorus, calcium, and camphor, it is a good ally in the winter season. Indeed, basil fights against many ailments, including colds and depression.

In this period when our body is weakening in the face of various external aggressions (temperature changes, viruses, and bacteria) and when our morale suffers from the lack of sun, a cure of basil does the greatest good. It strengthens our immune defenses, relieves cough, and soothes fever.

How to take advantage of its benefits? As a cure, infuse a teaspoon of basil leaf in a cup of boiling water for 10 minutes. Filter and drink 3 to 4 cups a day

4. Ceylon cinnamon to fight fatigue

Flu, sinusitis, loss of voice, we continue with the bad surprises that low temperatures bring us. But fortunately, we are here to introduce you to a new spice that will help you fight these nasty viruses. Ceylon cinnamon, its intoxicating smell, and its sweet and at the same time spicy flavor finds its place in most of our desserts.

In addition to its gluttony capital, it contains many health benefits. The bark which comes from Ceylon and is found in Sri Lanka protects against cold snaps, stimulates, and helps to fight against fatigue.

How to take advantage of its benefits? To strengthen the body against minor winter ailments, you can boil half a teaspoon of cinnamon powder and 3 cloves in a cup of water. After infusing, filter the beverage for a quarter of an hour. You can add honey, lemon, and thyme to it. Drink between 3 and 4 very hot cups a day.

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5. Chives to skin problems

This last aroma has beauty and well-being benefits. Indeed, chives are the friend of the skin. It is rich in vitamins C, K, and B1, but also in calcium and potassium. These components, therefore, give fresh chives softening, healing and antiseptic properties on the skin.

How to take advantage of its benefits? If you have oily skin, there is a great chive lotion you can make yourself. Bring a handful of chives in boiling water, then strain before leaving to cool. The lotion is applied directly to the skin morning and evening. You can store it in the bottle for one to two weeks.

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Natural and effective, these home remedies are both accessible and simple to make. However, in the event that certain symptoms persist or worsen, we advise you to contact a health professional.

From here and elsewhere – Spices that heal,  Murielle Toussaint, Mosques-Santé editions.
From A like Ajowa to T like Thyme, Murielle Toussaint reviews all the spices we have in the kitchen, indicating their history and their therapeutic properties, but also their use in traditional medicine, and gives recipes in which to incorporate them.

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