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Remedies in Your Kitchen

Updated on August 25, 2016

Ginger Root

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.


Cooling Spices

  • Chicory
  • Coriander
  • Cumin
  • Dandelion
  • Dill
  • Fennel
  • Lemon
  • Lemongrass
  • Licorice
  • Peppermint
  • Pomegranate
  • Saffron
  • Spearmint

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.


Warming Spices

  • Allspice
  • Anise
  • Basil
  • Bay Leaf
  • Caraway
  • Cayenne
  • Cinnamon
  • Cloves
  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Marjoram
  • Nutmeg
  • Onion
  • Orange Peel
  • Oregano
  • Paprika
  • Parsley
  • Rosemary
  • Safflower
  • Sage
  • Thyme
  • Tumeric


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  • elayne001 profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    Glad you enjoyed the hub imatellmuva. Hope you get some real relief from your spices and that they improve your daily life. Aloha.

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    7 years ago from Somewhere in Baltimore

    What Erma Bombeck said is true, so so true!! I have so many spices, some I'm unsure what to use them for. I never saw a list of spices categorized as cooling and warming, and how they can help you medicinally. Most of the spices you listed, I do have. Thanks for the information. to the spice rack!

  • elayne001 profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    So glad you stumbled by Mmiller_89. Here's to your health! Aloha!

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    Michael Miller 

    7 years ago from Las Vegas

    This article was interesting elayne001, and I'm glad I stumbled upon it. I do often have the symptoms you list as treatable with warm spices and herbs, so I'll have to stock up - ginger and cayenne are great - and see what happens. Thanks for the information.

  • elayne001 profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    I love ginger too. It is very effective for indigestion. I always cook with it when I make curry and stir fry. Thanks for commenting.

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    Pamela Lipscomb 

    8 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

    Great hub on healing remedies that can be found in the kitchen. I love ginger for the tummy. Mother used to give us ginger tea for cramps. It really works. Great complementary videos too. I'm gonna go make a cup of ginger tea. Just for the heck off it. I love the taste!

  • elayne001 profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    You are so right. I was guilty of that for quite some time Varenya. Pretty name BTW. Glad you enjoyed the hub and thanks for the comments.

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    8 years ago

    Very useful, often people use medicinal herbs for cooking without even being aware of this fact! My kitchen is almost full of the spices you mentioned: I cannot cook without them! ;)

  • elayne001 profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    Appreciate your added information Herbs online. Sounds like you are very familiar with all the herbs.

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    Herbs online 

    8 years ago

    Cinnamon is reported in the medical literature as helping reduce blood sugar and good for those with diabetes. Rosemary, oregano, sage and thyme are all antibiotics of some form though don't think of them as you might medically prescribed antibiotics - you can't take them three times a day and expect a raging infection to be dealt with. Herbs are good for improving your overall being and are great as part of a healthy lifestyle. Having said that I do use diluted oregano oil on fungal infections very successfully.

  • elayne001 profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    Yes, it was a new way to look at herbs for me too einron. Thanks for commenting.

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    8 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, CANADA

    Very interesting hub. The Chinese are fond of saying, This herb is cooling for the system and that is hot. Western medicine does not separate food like this.

    God bless!

  • elayne001 profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    Garlic and cinnamon will do me fine any day. Thanks for commenting betherann.

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    Beth Morey 

    8 years ago from Montana

    I like your quote from Erma Bombeck. I use ginger and peppermint to soothe the stomach, and I love cumin and garlic in just about any dish. Yum! :)

  • elayne001 profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    Thanks fastfreta for stopping by. Hope you find your life enhanced by spices and herbs. Make sure you check with you doctor if you take very much of it daily.

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    Alfreta Sailor 

    8 years ago from Southern California

    I've just begun to get back to natural healing and remedies, so hubs like yours are what I've been looking for. I just went to my local Health Food Store, and purchased a lot of the herbs that you mentioned in your hub. I'll have to bookmark this one. I'll be back.

  • elayne001 profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    We can continue to learn more about herbs and spices to add quality to our life. Thanks for your comments LianaK.

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    8 years ago

    Great post. I do believe in the power of herbs and spices...not to mention the taste! I have found that if I eat a meal full of flavor, I do not eat a lot...interesting, huh. Thanks again for the great information.

  • elayne001 profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    Glad you stopped by Naomi. I appreciae your comments. Come back and visit any time.

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    Naomi R. Cox 

    8 years ago from Elberton, Georgia

    Thanks for all this information, elayne. I love cooking with herbs and I'm bookmarking this hub so I can get to it easy. I really enjoyed reading about the different use for herbs and alot of things that I didn't know. Thanks and keep up the good work!

  • elayne001 profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    Thanks Pamela99 and Rose West for your comments. I am learning so much from this research about herbs and spices.

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    Rose West 

    8 years ago from Michigan

    Great hub! I love herbs and spices, but didn't realize that they could be grouped as "warming" or "cooling".

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    8 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Very well done hub. I like the way you grouped the herbs. Very clever.

  • elayne001 profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    Thanks y'all. Your comments are greatly appreciated. Herbs and spices are something that we take for granted considering people used to travel miles to find them. It was very interesting learning more while writing this hub about them.

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    Hello, hello, 

    8 years ago from London, UK

    Interesting and informative hub. Thanks for putting it together.

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    Rajinder Soni 

    8 years ago from New Delhi, India

    Yeah, our kitchen is full of a lot of herbal remedies, there is just a need to recognize them and get benefited from them the purpose of which hub has done.

  • _cheryl_ profile image


    8 years ago from California

    Very interesting! The ginger photo reminded me of a girl I used to work with. She'd always have her water bottle filled with warm water and some ginger root sitting at the bottom of it, and she'd just drink that throuhout the day. Thanks for sharing this info. =)

  • prasetio30 profile image


    8 years ago from malang-indonesia

    very informative hub. Thanks for showing me this information. I like something about Herbal remedies.


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