There are many spices that we use on a daily basis that have benefits for our health.
By adjusting or adding spices to our food that we eat on a daily basis we can help our body to stay healthy.
Many of them were well known but slowly got forgotten.
It is my goal to make this to a living document. This means that I hope you help me update and add more spice and let other people know what the benefits are and how they can use them.
This list will grow over time while I do more research and find ways to use the healing power of spices.
Hippocrates the “father of western medicine” wrote:
I have listed them in alphabetical order to make it easy to find.
Benefits: anti-inflammatory, anti-flatulent, contains many minerals, increases red blood cell production, help fight and prevent infections, help with the digestive system.
Use: Soup, BBQ sauce, pickling and in curry dishes. Marinate chicken, fish and meat.
Benefits: Helps to lower blood lipids and inhibit cholesterol absorption.
Use: on anything you like. Even sweet dishes
Benefits: Anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and helps the body to better respond to stress. Pain reducer, Immune system booster, rich in anti oxidants.
Use: In about every recipe you can use Basil. From vegetables to meat.
Benefits: Cacao is less processed than cocoa in general. Dark chocolate hold more cacao than cocoa.
Reducing high blood pressure, improving circulation, reducing menopause symptoms, improving heath health.
Use: In candy bars, Hot chocolate, Buy products labeled with cacao.
Benefits: Anti-oxidant, anti-septic, anti-inflammatory, anti-flatulent.
Use: Asian and chines dishes, marinating chicken, fish and meat.
Can also be used in soup, BBQ sauce, for pickling and added to curry powder.
Benefits: Improves blood circulation, relieve aches and soreness, helps fight prostate cancer and ulcers.
Use: the hottest have the most health benefits. Use in soup, rice dishes, vegetables, tuna, turkey.
The Capsaicin found in chili pepper stops the body from producing inflammation and also relieves pain and promote nerve health.
Use: This spice is added to many dishes. From Mexican to Chinese and Indian and Thai food.
It give all the dishes a little “kick”.
Benefits: anti-oxidant, disease preventing, contains many minerals, lowers LDL cholesterol.
Use: sausages, stews, cake, bread, chines and other oriental food, marinades.
Benefits: Helps to detox and remove toxins. Has also been linked to reducing tumors.
Use: Flavor rice dishes, gives a smoked wood flavor.
Benefits: increases circulation and can help with weight loss
Use: Flavor chilies, tacos and Cajun dishes, add it to lemonade
Benefits: Antioxidant and can help fight glucose sensitivity.
Use: On oatmeal, yogurt, sweet potatoes, squash, carrots and roasted vegetable.
On dark leafy greens, in black beans, in milk for evening drink.
Help your digestive system and has been linked to help with anti-inflammatory.
Use: With honey in tea, in smoothies and juices, stir fry, soups and marinades.
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Benefits: The Allicin in garlic is good for a cold, blood-pressure, cholesterol, Alzheimer, longevity, detox.
Use: add to pasta dishes, stir fry, tomato sauce and of course meat and poultry
Benefits: Upset stomach, gas, bloating, sore throat and for colds. Helps fight arthritis and motion sickness.
Use: sliced, grated or in powder form. Can be used in baked goods, Asian dishes, Add to tea.
Benefits: To treat headache, fertility, improve digestion and boost energy. Also known to boost the immune system and fight of infections better.
Use: can be added to many dishes and many people make tea from it.
Benefits: anti-oxidant, disease preventing, Contains many minerals, for the digestive system, brain stimulant, tooth ache relief, reliefs nausea, gastritis and indigestion problems.
Use: combination with honey for stomach problems, the oil can be used for tooth ache.
Use it on vegetables, fruit, breakfast food, desserts and even in a drink.
Benefits: Antiviral, antibacterial, anticancer, antioxidant, antibiotic. Helps to fight cough, fever, congestion, body aches.
Use: Seasoning in stews, pizza, tomato based sauces, salads and soups.
Benefits: better sleep, wound healing, prostate problems, constipation.
Use: skin damage, burn wounds, parasites, bladder infection. better sleep.
Benefits: Anti-inflammatory, detox, improve memory and protects against free radicals in our body.
Use: in many dishes you can add rosemary chopped or even on a sandwich. great on roasting poultry and fish.
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Benefits: Curcumin in turmeric is an anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antibacterial, and anti-cancer.
Use: In curry dishes, rice, marinades and salad dressings. Read more here.
Mix with honey to reduce coughing, Add to milk at night to sleep better.