Remedies in Your Kitchen
What is in your kitchen pantry?
You probably have some herbs and spices in your pantry which can be used as culinary medicine.
Cinnamon is yummy, but are you aware that it stimulates blood circulation?
Ginger is delicious in many dishes, but it can also be taken to cure indigestion.
Cloves may remind you of the holidays, but it can also increase sexual potency. It is known as the Asian aphrodisiac. Cloves will naturally heat up the body. One drop of clove oil in hot chocolate will get things going.
Little did you know that you have your own miniature pharmacy in your own home!
What is on your shelf?
Analyze your stock of remedies
Herbs can transform your life and protect you against illness, fatigue and depression. You can enhance health, beauty and longevity when you understand how herbs and spices balance the body.
You should be aware of the effect of certain herbs and spices on your body. You may be using spices that makes your symptoms worse.
According to herbalist Letha Hadady's Asian Health Secrets, most people use spices only for the taste. But the taste, temperature and energy of culinary herbs and spices can profoundly affect your well being.
An herb's effects depend upon the health of the user. If you are hot tempered and have reddish skin rashes, chronic thirst, hunger and insomnia, you should balance out your body by using cooling herbs and spices.
On the other hand, if you are tired all the time, depressed, often become sick, weak or nervous, warming herbs and spices should be used.
Following is a list of the most commonly used culinary herbs and spices.
Many cooling herbs are laxatives, blood cleansers or diuretics (eliminate toxins through the urine). Good diuretics include coriander leaf, spearmint and dandelion.
Cooling herbs and spices also reduce heat in the body by increasing sweating. They can be used to reduce inflammation, pain and fever. They can also slow metabolism and circulation.
Several cooling herbs such as dandelion, saffron and chicory cleanse the liver of toxins and acids.
Cumin, dandelion, and dill are useful for ulcers because they remove excess stomach acid.
Once you get a spice in your home, you have it
forever. Women never throw out spices. The Egyptians were buried with
their spices. I know which one I'm taking with me when I go.
~ Erma Bombeck
Warming herbs can be used to speed metabolism, act as energy tonic or stimulant. They can raise blood pressure, increase circulation, stimulate brain, heart and adrenal glands for enhanced mental capacities and memory, and improve appetite.
Warming spices that help the kidneys or adrenal glands are cloves and parsley.
Rosemary stimulates both adrenal glands and heart.
Thyme helps strengthen the lungs.
Garlic has antibiotic qualities and is a liver stimulant.
- Bay Leaf
- Orange Peel