Spices with healing powers
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In addition to a taste of your favorite food, some spices also have medicinal properties. I will present you couple of spices that can help you reduce symptoms and even cure some basic health problems.
Most of us didn't know about healing properties of spices. We use them every day, not all of these, but most of them we do. It is good to know about some of their properties. In that way you can adjust your diet and start to watch out what you eat. Health is very important. Only sick people understand the true meaning of health.
Clove - Health benefits of clove
Cloves originally come from eastern Indonesia, and they were probably the first breath fresheners. In China, during the Han Dynasty, everyone on the court had to chew cloves before coming to the emperor.
Among more than a thousand of ingredients that were studied at the University of Oslo, clove contains the most antioxidants per gram, which means that less than 1gram ( about half a teaspoon ) of clove contains roughly the same antioxidants as 1/2 cup of berries. It can be used for calming flatulence. A fruit salad with a pinch of cloves will not only have excellent taste, but it will subside your digestive problems.
Today clove oil is used in medicine, especially in dentistry, because it acts as an analgesic and as an anesthetic. It is also used to treat depression and to boost sexual power. it is also used for baths in rheumatism and bronchitis, and massage for rheumatism and arthritis.
- 1 -2 MINCED CLOVES
- 2 DL OF WATER
- Cloves pour with boiling water, cover the cup and strain after one hour.
- USE : Drink in small sips 2 -3 cups of tea before and after meals.
TINCTURE FOR RINSING THE MOUTH AND THROAT
- 20 grams of cloves
- 1 dl of 70 percent spirits
- Preparation : Coarsely chopped cloves pour over with alcohol, close and leave for two weeks and then strain it.
- USE : With 2-4 drops of tincture in a glass of water rinse your mouth and throat.
CLOVE - Favorite spice with miraculous properties - Winter spice
Clove, this popular winter spice, is obtained by drying the buds that are harvested just before flowering of the tree from family MYRTAEAE, highup to 12 meters. Its name comes from the latin word clavus meaning nail. It comes from Indonesia and it is cultivated, except in Indonesia, also in Zanzibar, Madagascar, Sri Lanka and India. Its incredible healing substances (eugenol, carriofilen, tannin, etc) have strong anti-microbial properties and kill tiny parasites, their eggs and larvae. Miraculous properties of cloves have long been known to doctors all over the world and have always been used as a remedy for problems with digestion and the destruction of parasites and fungal infections.
Medicinal properties of cloves - Spice and health
The medicinal properties of cloves can be used in different ways in our own kitchen using it as a spice - enriching our food. It must be used in prescribed doses, because it is toxic and it could cause indigestion.
- it destroys internal parasites
- it is a local antiseptic and mild anesthetic
- successful in fighting with fungal infections, including Candida
- clove oil is effective against streptococcus, staphylococcus and pneumococcus
- clove oil is used to massage the gums to relieve toothache
- cloves contain eugenol, the strongest antimicrobial substance
- prevents cell damage
- clove kills all kinds of microscopic protozoa (invisible to the eye, the tiniest forms in animal world that live in all waters, moist soil and on animals and men)
- one of the most important properties of cloves is that it kills the parasite eggs, which is very important in preventing the propagation of parasites
Turmeric (curcumin) - Health benefits of turmeric
India has one of the lowest rate of colon cancer in the world, and turmeric is one of those ''culprits'' for this good news. The study of curcumin has showed some amazing results. Scientists discovered an antioxidant found in turmeric. Studies have shown that it has anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal and antitumor activity.
Turmeric has been used in traditional Indian Thai and Chinese medicine for a variety of health problems. Turmeric reduces the risk of childhood leukemia, cleanses the liver, prevents and even stops the development of Alzheimer's disease, prevents the growth of metastases in many cancers. It is a natural painkiller, regulates metabolism and helps in weight loss. For long it has been used in China as a treatment for depression. Due to its anti-inflammatory properties it is a natural remedy for arthritis and rheumatism. Scientists explore the effects of turmeric on thyroid cancer. So far the results are excellent. Turmeric speeds up the healing of wounds and quickly restores the injured skin. It helps in the treatment of psoriasis and other inflammatory skin diseases.
You can buy turmeric in almost all the healthy diet shops, in powder or in capsules. It can be used as a natural dye for food or purely for medical purpose.
TIP: In the morning on an empty stomach, stir 1 teaspoon of turmeric in 1dl of water . Drink it up and after that eat one tablespoon of honey.
Curcuma longa - Main ingredient in curry spice
Turmeric is one of the most frequently used spices in Eastern cuisine, which is also an important ingredient in Ajur-Vedic preparations for diabetes, diseases of the blood and blood vessels, skin diseases and respiratory diseases.
As a spice, turmeric is used for preparing Pilav (Pula), to which provides a beautiful, golden, yellow color and subtle aroma and taste, while at the same time neutralizes slimy and sweet properties of rice. It's a mandatory ingredient in the preparation of all kinds of beans (dal), it prevents gasses and bloating.
Turmeric is the main ingredient in curry spice, the color of curry mainly comes from turmeric. If vegetables are cooked in oil which is previously fried a little bit with turmeric or curry, its nutritive value will rise significantly because its biologically valuable substances from spices will soak into the food and significantly contribute to digestion, absorption and adoption of the meal. Traditional medicine and modern science is full of praise for turmeric. The medicinal value of turmeric is that it possesses spicy and bitter taste which kills germs and parasites, destroys the mucus deposits, fat, sticky toxins, stimulates blood circulation and the whole process of digestion. Bitter taste is the best remedy against poisoning, skin and blood diseases, all kinds of inflammation and fever. Also removes adhesive residues and toxins, ulcers, fat, sweat, itching, it cleans breast milk and uterus.
In traditional Chinese medicine, turmeric is used for centuries, primarily for the meridians ( energy channels ) of the spleen, liver and stomach. Chinese use it for cleansing and strengthening the blood, reducing high blood pressure, for the removal of stagnant CHI( chi-vital energy ) and pain which is the result of stagnant chi. They consider it a good herb for women as it stimulates the uterus and removes menstrual delays caused by a lack of energy.
Unani is the name for the traditional Persian medicine. Unani was used as a bridge between East and West - between Ajur-Verda and the ancient Greek medicine. In this system, turmeric is the premier resource for all blood disorders because it cleans, stimulates and produces blood. Unani medicine classifies plants into four levels, according to their strength.
Kahuna in the Hawaiian language means ''connoisseur of the leaves'' ( an expert in herbal medicine ). These healers use turmeric for squeezing juice which they put in ear to eliminate pain or in the nose (against sinusitis). In Hawaii turmeric is called Olena and it is also used for the treatment of pulmonary disease and bronchitis. Like in India, turmeric powder is used to make pasta, which is used to heal skin disease.
In Brazilian traditional medicine, turmeric is used to stop bleeding and as a potent anti-venom for poisonous snake bites.
How to use turmeric? - Some advice
People say : "It is better to prevent than to treat." Regular use of medicinal herbs in daily diet is excellent for preventive purposes. Turmeric every day can be used as a flavoring for food, whether it comes to salty or sweet dishes. For more serious health problems certainly you need to do much more than just merely use turmeric, because it is a mean of medium strength. However, in certain cases, such as first aid she can do a little miracle. Here's some simple advice:
- FOR SORE THROAT - in half a cup of hot water dissolve one teaspoon of turmeric (5 grams) and a teaspoon full of salt. Several times daily gargle this solution and inflammation will be gone.
- FOR SORE PALATE - Mix one teaspoon of turmeric and one teaspoon of honey. Stir this mixture until it looks like thick and sticky paste. Lick this paste until it wears out. This is an excellent tool for inflammation in the oral cavity.
- AGAINST DIARRHEA - mix half a teaspoon of turmeric and half a teaspoon of ground Indian cumin with a cup of fresh sour milk.
- FOR MINOR SKIN DISEASES - in a cup of hot cow or goat milk add half a teaspoon of turmeric and half a teaspoon of nonrefined sugar cane. Stir this well and let it cool. Drink lukewarm, solely on an empty stomach - at night before going to bed and in the morning on an empty stomach. For dry eczema mix turmeric and ghee, and smear this cream twice a day on the infested spot. For moist eczema use honey instead of ghee.
- FOR INJURIES AND WOUNDS - for injuries caused by a fall, car accidents or in some other way, combine two teaspoons of turmeric, two teaspoons of ghee and a hot cup of cow's or goat's milk. Drink this, it stops internal and external bleeding and wound areas heal faster.
- FOR CUTS - if you cut your finger, pour turmeric into the cup of coffee and then plunge the cut part in it and press firmly against the wall of the cup. Even deep cuts respond within a few minutes.If cut or wound is elsewhere, pour turmeric powder directly on the wound and cover with a light gauze. It is ideal if you have at hand powder of trifale - then add these ingredient too. In most cases, the wound will heal even without scarring.
What does Western science say?
The main active ingredient in turmeric is curcumin yellow alkaloid. Laboratory studies of turmeric root in 95% of cases are focused on the research activity of curcumin. However, curcumin is only 4% of the total root mass. The main part of the mass consists of complex carbohydrates (70%) followed by protein (7%), minerals (4%), essential oil (4%) and approximately 1% of resin. The rest belongs to vitamins and other biologically active substances.
Detailed studies have revealed that turmeric root contains hundreds of biologically active molecules (according to one database 326) of which 20 antibiotics, 14 as anticancer, antitumor are 12, 12 and 10 are anti-inflammatory antioxidants. From this it is evident why Ajur-veda still insists on using the whole plant (or its organs - here rhizomes) and not using isolated active substances, as does Western science. Turmeric root contains active substances as a single pharmacy! But unlike the drugstore, nature's deployed the concentration of the molecules so that they act without any adverse effects, but each enhances and encourages the welfare of others.
Cinnamon - Health benefits of cinnamon
Cinnamon is one of the oldest spices, it was used for embalming in Egypt 2500 years ago. Most spices are actually seeds of various plants, but cinnamon is different - cinnamon in the inner layer of the bark of the tree, which is dried and rolled.
Traditionally, cinnamon is considered as an excellent coughing assistant, it is used to reduce the mucus in the lungs, and to dry up u runny nose. As an oxidant, cinnamon helps fight the inflammation, stress and oxidation. It is helpful in weight loss because it reduces fluctuations in cortisol, which in return affects the level of blood sugar, energy levels, inflammation and the immune system functions. Too much cortisol causes weight gain, especially in the area around stomach.
One research study, which included cinnamon extract, Cinnulin, in obese diabetics, showed results in the reduction of inflammation, lower oxidative stress and decreased amount of fat. Cinnamon helps in controlling blood sugar levels and helps insulin to work more efficiently. Lowering sugar levels in combination with increased levels of insulin not only helps to reduce body weight but it also helps in controlling diabetes.
Cinnamon diet for weight loss
In a cup of warm water pour half a teaspoon of cinnamon, wait to cool a little and add a tablespoon of honey, stir it all up. One half drink before breakfast and the other one before going to bed. Repeat every day until you reach your desired weight.
Wonderful cinnamon - The oldest known spice
Cinnamon is one of the oldest known spices, dating 2800 years before Christ. It is mentioned in the Bible and manuscript in Sanskrit, and the first record of cinnamon comes from ancient China. In ancient Egypt was used as a medicine, for flavoring drinks and embalming, and was more expensive than gold. In the medieval, cinnamon and ginger were the essential ingredients in cooking. Today, the larger exporter of Ceylon cinnamon is Mexico, where it is used in beverages such as coffee, hot chocolate or tea.
Sweet fine fragrance is obtained from a small evergreen tree - like laurel. Spice is its bark, peeled from thin branches. The outer bark is peeled off and thrown away. You can find in the market cinnamon in powder form.
American research study shows that just half a teaspoon of cinnamon a day significantly reduces the amount of blood sugar in diabetics. The medicinal properties of cinnamon are numerous in various spheres of life.
Some remedies which you can make!
- BEAUTY - FOR STRONGER HAIR ROOTS
In hot olive oil mix one tablespoon of honey and one small teaspoon of cinnamon. Not too hot mixture rub into the hair root and leave it like that for 15 minutes. In a few days hair roots will strengthen and hair will stop falling out.
- METABOLISM - BETTER DIGESTION OF FOOD
The use of honey strengthens the white blood cells to fight against any disease, and cinnamon in combination with honey improves digestion. For that you need to take before eating two tablespoons of honey and two tablespoons of cinnamon to help digesting.
- HEALTH - STRENGTHENING OF IMMUNITY
Honey and cinnamon used as a mixture - one tablespoon of honey and one teaspoon of cinnamon. With regular use you will strengthen immunity and you will be able to protect the body against viruses and bacteria.
- STOP THE VIRUSES - AGAINST COLD
Regular use of honey and cinnamon reduces the possibility of colds and bladder infections. In one large teaspoon of lukewarm honey mix a quarter teaspoon of cinnamon. Consume that three times a day for three days and the flu will go away. In this way you will successfully clean sinuses and treat chronic cough.
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Anise - Health benefits of anise
In ancient Rome, at the end of holidays, cakes made with anise were served to soothe digestion and freshen breath. In 1930, Margaret Grieve author of ''A Modern Herbal'' said : '' stimulant and carminative properties of anise make it useful in flatulency and colic ''.
It soothes digestive problems, reduces nausea, gas and bloating. Anise can also be used to help fight coughs and colds. Anise fits in vegetable soups, and you can also make tea from it.
Scientists have noted 3 decades ago that anise contains phytoestrogen substance, which is why this plant is recommended for women in menopause. Mix with St. John's wort and yarrow and can be used against painful menstruation. Anise is probably the best herbal solution against sexual desire disorder in women. Anise helps people who suffer from psoriasis. It is extremely effective herb for cellulite removal. If you find a preparation containing anise extract, you can be sure that it is probably effective.
In the end one interesting fact : NIBBLING ANISE SEEDS HELPS HICCUPS.
TIBETAN TEA FOR LONGEVITY (ginger, lemon, honey, pepper and anise)
2 liters of water boil for 5 minutes, then cool. When it's cold, add 5 grams of milled ginger, 2 tablespoons of lemon juice, 2 tablespoons of honey, 1 pinch of hot pepper and 1 pinch of anise.
This Tibetan tea drink in small sips throughout the day, or even better 1 cup before each meal.
2 liters of tea is enough for three people.
MASSAGE OIL FOR CELLULITE REMOVAL
- 200 ml almond oil
- 40 ml essential oil of anise
- 20 drops oil of sage
- 10 drops oil of lemon
- Mix all ingredients, mix it well and store it in a clean dark place at room temperature. Massage the critical areas every night after showering.
ANISE REDUCES APPETITE, PURIFIES THE BLOOD, STRENGTHENS NERVES
Anise seeds act carminative, soothe colic, strengthen the stomach and improve digestion, and is recommended for cleaning the accumulated mucus from the lungs, stomach, bladder and kidney. It is used as a flavoring for cookies, cakes and bread.
Anise is used extensively in Spain, Italy, Greece, Bulgaria and Russia. Anise was known in ancient Egypt 3500 years ago due to its pleasant smell and taste. In ancient times it was used in Greece for flavoring wine, and then the Romans brought it to Tuscany, from where it continues to spread across Europe.
Anise is now mainly used as a flavoring for cookies, cakes and bread. In some places it is used to season sauces, stews and salads. But how quickly anise loses taste and smell, it should be grinded just before use.
Like most other plants anise possesses healing properties. Medicinal parts of the plant are the fruit and ripe seeds, which contain essential and fatty oil, proteins and carbohydrates. It possesses vitamins A and C, folic acid, minerals such as calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium. To have more effect, seed should be collected exclusively when the weather is dry, in August and September. Harvested seeds should be arranged in a warm, airy place.
This tea is especially recommended for respiratory tract and digestive organs. One teaspoon of anise seed is covered with a half a pint of boiling water. You leave it like that for 15 minutes, then drain. Drink tea three times a day, although the most effective is if you take it between meals and before bedtime. Drink hot tea and in sips, sweetened with honey if you use it for respiratory problems, while if you use it for digestive system (stomach and intestines) then drink it without honey.
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Ginger - Health benefits of ginger
For centuries, ginger has been used as an effective drug when it comes to coughs and colds. Even with severe symptoms, ginger tea will soothe a sore throat, itching, coughing and even unblock a stuffy nose.
Ginger is a multitasker. It is used for nausea and digestive problems, but it is also useful against mild cough and colds. It has already been known for years that ginger helps in the fight against ovarian cancer. Center for Cancer Research ( University of Michigan ) released a study in which they confirmed that ginger can kill ovarian cancer cells.
Ginger improves memory, acts as a mild aphrodisiac, reduces nausea in pregnancy without adverse effects. It is an antiseptic and destroys microorganisms. It is used against fatigue and exhaustion, because it raises the energy in the body. Ginger contains substances that speed up metabolism, it is a powerful antioxidant that improves liver function and is excellent for detoxification of the body.
REFRESHING SOUP WITH FRESH GINGER
- 100 grams of spaghetti
- 1 onion
- 3 cloves of garlic
- 4 small pieces of algae wakame
- a little chili powder ( optional )
- a little of white pepper
- 1 handful of parsley
- 1 handful of celery leaf
- 4 teaspoons of soy sauce
- piece of ginger root
- Chop celery, carrot and parsnip coarsely. Cut onion into quarters. Mash 3 cloves of garlic with shells and put them in a pressure cooker, along with prepared vegetables. Pour 4 cups of water. Add seaweed and soy sauce. If you like spicy, add a pinch of chili powder. Close the pot, and cook for 5 minutes, from the time when the pot reaches pressure. Drain the steam from the pot and open it, then return it back on the fire to boil. Crush spaghetti, and insert them in the soup. Cook for about 10 minutes. Peel and plane ginger ginger and squeeze it with your fingers to get 2 tablespoons of juice. Add ginger juice and serve the soup hot, sprinkled with parsley and celery.
The medicinal properties of ginger
After finding out what kind of medical properties ginger has, English sailors brought it to their country. In Britain and its colonies, ginger is used for making soft drinks and famous ginger ale, and Christmas cake. However, like in Asia, it is often used to make a tasty and healthy tea.
The medicinal properties of ginger have been known since ancient times. Chinese use it for over 2500 years for healing colds, fever, headache and muscle pain, while in powder form is used for circulation of the palms and soles. Japanese use ginger oil for massage, to reduce pain in the spine. In Indian traditional medicine is used for healing arthritis. Ancient eastern rulers have left in their records from 3000 years ago that ginger has a magical effect. Pregnant women used it to prevent nausea. They would bake ginger cookies or they would put ginger in bread. Nausea would vanish momentarily. Asian women drink ginger tea to relieve menstrual pain.
GINGER AND HONEY
Clean and grind two larger ginger roots, and then mix with homemade honey. Consume it 3-4 times a day. Use plastic or ceramic spoon, don't use metal one. You will feel the first effects in 2-3 days.
Parsley - What do we know about parsley?
Parsley (Petroselinum Hortense) is used mainly as a seasoning herb, but it is also known for it curative properties. Those properties primarily from its wealth in vitamins and minerals. Of course like all plants it is recommended to be consumed fresh, especially if you take it as a cure. As a spice it is used dried and finely chopped parsley leaf, root is rarely used.
Parsley is a biennial plant that can grow to a height of 30 cm to 70 cm. It has a distinctive white roots, and leaves emerge from a low stem. If you decide to have parsley plant in your house, you would need above all a deeper flower pot in which you would plant it. Beside from having always fresh parsley leaves, you would also have a very decorative detail in the kitchen. You would have to provide a place where there is enough daylight so that it could grow nicely.
PLANT WITH LOTS OF VITAMINS
The reason why is so popular is because parsley has a great wealth of vitamins. In the first place is vitamin C, then there are provitamin A, vitamin B complex, including vitamin B12. In addition to vitamins, great role have minerals that are presented in large amount. Vitamins and minerals make that parsley gives a very specific flavor to food, but also vitamins and minerals make our body feel good while using parsley.
It prevents bloating, cramps and calms acting against fermentation in the intestines. Slightly improves menstruation. It shouldn't be used in inflammatory processes in kidneys. Parsley's leaf is extremely effective as an agent that stimulates the secretion of harmful substances from the body, and it also has the positive effect on circulation and heart problems.
- 23 calories
- Total Fat 0.5g
- Saturated fat 0.1g
- Cholesterol 0mg
- Sodium 46mg
- Carbohydrates 3.7g
- Dietary fiber 2.8g
- Sugars 0.9g
- Protein 2.1g
- Calcium 67mg
- Potassium 521mg
PARSLEY FOR HEALTH
Parsley is a true salvation for tired immune system, it is an ally in the fight for healthy blood vessels, kidneys, it is excellent for anti-infection, anemia. It is also regular ingredient in many dishes. The taste of green leaves is well known, but what many people who eat parsley nearly every day don’t know is that this plant is on the list of seven most powerful spices with healing properties. With parsley are also ginger, oregano, cinnamon, turmeric, sage and cayenne pepper. Parsley grows in most weather conditions and can be found fresh throughout the year. Although this biennial plant is very nutritious and medicinal, it is commonly used in food because of taste. Originates from the Mediterranean region, cultivated for more than 2,000 years ago, and before it came to the table, parsley has been used as a medicine.
Since it is a potent diuretic, antioxidant, bactericide ... there are numerous states in which is recommended the use of this herb. It is recommended for anemia because it contains both iron and vitamin C, which is very important because without this vitamin iron can’t be absorbed. A list of useful traits of parsley continues when it comes to blood vessels. Thanks to beneficial ingredients this herb rejuvenates blood vessels by maintaining the level of elasticity. It is very effective in the fight against nearly all kidney and urinary complications. It stimulates activity of kidneys and helps eliminate toxins from the blood, and kidney tissue.
Vitamin K, which is in the parsley in large amounts, can significantly reduce the brittleness of the bones, and the possibility of fracture.
About 360 micrograms of this vitamin is in a cup of parsley, and the recommended daily amount for adults is between 60 and 80 micrograms.
Parsley is a lifeline for tired immune system because it contains beta carotene, chlorophyll, vitamins C, B12, and essential fatty acids.
Like a natural multivitamin and multimineral complex, which is much better than artificial, say nutritionists, parsley supplies body with important substances that help him to fight bacteria, viruses, fatigue, stress ...
CURATIVE PARSLEY LEAVES IN TEA
Parsley is very high in vitamin C, iron and other minerals, and folic acid. For parsley, indispensable spice in the kitchen, it can be said to be the perfect remedy. It is rich in vitamin C, iron and other minerals, and folic acid, which is essential in the prevention of anemia. The leaves of parsley intensifies and urination, clean the urinary tract and kidneys. Parsley also affects the production of breast milk, refreshes breath, neutralizes the smell of garlic.
It is also used as a coating or as an antiseptic for wounds, insect bites and sprains. Therefore, it is advisable to drink parsley tea, which is made by a 50 g leaves poured with a liter of boiling water, then cover and let it stay for about ten minutes. That's enough for four cups, and that is how much you have to drink during the day. This tea, when made from parsley root, is good for the treatment of flatulence and difficulty while urinating. Also, it relieves pain and eliminates nervousness. Tea blend that is used to clean the kidneys of sand, against jaundice and chronic liver and spleen, you can make in the following way: mix 100 g of root, parsley leaf and parsley seed, and from that take two tablespoons of mixture and cook 5-8 minutes in 2 ml of water. After 60 minutes, drain and drink one cup before meals. This tea drink until you have used all the mixture of 300 g.
Or, to cure the swelling and inflammation of the eyes, do the following: in 300 ml of water for 2-3 minutes cook two tablespoons of chopped parsley leaves, and when cooled drain through a sterile cloth or gauze. Flush eyes with tea several times a day, and at night put a lining which is made from 6 sprigs of parsley leaves washed well. Connect your eyes and hold the gauze lining throughout the night.
Parsley helps against weak nerves. Root and leaf chop, combine with raspberry juice and acacia honey and drink before bed.