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Try these spices!

Look to your spice rack for some “spicy” remedies!

This yellow member of the ginger family does more than lend a lovely color to your food. For instance, in Asia it has long been used for both its antiseptic and antibacterial properties. Turmeric can also aid in reducing the size of tumors caused by cancer. Anyone who suffers from irritable bowel syndrome can benefit from adding this herb to his or her daily diet. Try adding it to eggs or grits for a simple breakfast; try it on chicken dishes, and rice. Consider using this instead of boring ‘ol black pepper.

Cayenne pepper
This ultra zesty herb is actually a fruit! It has been used both as a seasoning and medicinal plant for thousands of years. Cayenne is great for boosting the immune system in those who supplement into their diet. It is also know to reduce high cholesterol levels. The capsaicin in cayenne is a natural anti-inflammatory agent. Use it in place of black pepper in any and every dish where pepper is called for. How much to add is up to your taste, start with small amounts and work your way up. Besides its health and taste filled benefits, it should also be added to your first aid cabinet. Use it for basic cuts and scrapes. It won’t sting and the wound will stop bleeding faster and won’t get infected.

Ginger is a mostly well-known ingredient in many deserts. But this strange looking root, which is native to Asia, has been used in Asian, Indian, and Chinese medicine for many years. There are so many things that ginger is good for I can’t begin to list them all here. However, it has been used regularly to treat arthritis, diarrhea, abdominal bloating, coughing, inflammatory joint diseases, fever, sore throat, heartburn, and gas. If you or someone you know is pregnant, suggest ginger to relieve nausea and vomiting.

Parsley is a simple herb; it has been used for centuries both to season foods and for many medicinal purposes too. Parsley contains vitamin K (essential in blood clotting), vitamin C (antioxidant, helps maintain capillaries, aids in absorption of iron), vitamin A (needed for skin and hair, essential for bone development and growth, needed for night vision), folate (helps produce and maintain cells, used to make DNA and RNA, important in red blood cell production), and some iron (essential ingredient in red blood cells). As with most foods, in order to get the best nutritional benefit you must eat it when fresh and not over-cooked! As well as making as being a great spice to add to your favorite foods, parsley also has a number of health benefits, among them:

~ Chinese and German homeopathic doctors recommend using parsley tea to help control

~ Small amounts of it can be applied to the skin to relieve the issues with dryness or itching.

~ The oils in parsley have been found to inhibit tumor formation, particularly in the lungs.

Pregnant women should not consume large amounts of parsley in any form. Compounds within the plant could lead to uterine stimulation and premature birth. People who are prone to kidney stones also should limit their intake of parsley as compounds within the plant have been found to encourage the formation of kidney stones.

So look to your spice rack instead of a bottle of pills in your medicine cabinet when you are looking for a natural remedy. Or, add these herbs and spices to your daily diet to stay healthy in a very yummy way! Enjoy!

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