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Posted on 11-14-2017

spices Though generally thought of as food seasonings, spices have tremendously powerful healing properties. When you know what to stock and use they can take the place of many over the counter as well as prescription remedies.

Here’s the quick and dirty list of essential spices that will turn your spice cabinet into a dual-use medicine cabinet:

Cayenne — Possessing both internal and external healing properties, cayenne is one of the most powerful medicinal spices that are readily available.  Known for its stimulating effect on the cardiovascular system, cayenne acts upon the heart and circulation to increase blood flow.  In this way, it can also be an aid in helping to speed digestion. Its heat producing properties are helpful during the cold months (taken internally or used topically) and it also builds immunity against colds and cases of flu.  Used externally, cayenne can be applied to wounds to stem bleeding.

Cinnamon — A favorite found in most spice racks, Cinnamon is a known antioxidant and most dietitians recommend a daily dose.  Cinnamon also aids in digestion and stimulates circulation

Ginger — Ginger provides several digestive related remedies by settling nausea and stopping diarrhea. It is also a known decongestant and can soothe a sore throat.

Black pepper — Storing dried, black pepper, or, alternatively, black peppercorns, is useful for its ability to boost energy, warm the body and increase circulation.  Like its cousin, cayenne, it also aids in the stemming of blood flow from cuts.

Cloves — Clove oil has long been a treatment for tooth and gum problems. Its analgesic properties help soothe mouth pain, and it is also a bacteria killer. The antibiotic properties of cloves make it ideal for topical treatment to burns and skin irritations. Used in teas, cloves can also be an effective fever reducer.

Plant your garden with these vital herbal medicines:

Oregano — Oregano, as a source of antioxidants, is a proven immune booster. It can also settle the stomach, fight infection and even soothe cold symptom flare-ups in the throat and lungs. Taken in tea, it helps settle the mind for a good night’s sleep.

Basil — is also a known sleep aid, especially in its ability to reduce tension and anxiety. When life gets you down, basil has been known to lift spirits.

Bay leaves — another effective digestive aid, bay leaves can be added to your meal preparation and/or teas to keep stomach acids at bay.

Sage — Sage seems to be the most versatile medicinal herb. It can remedy winter coughs, stimulate digestion, and is a great source of antibiotics. You can decide if its famously mythical ability to ward off evil spirits might be of use.

Garlic – Most would argue that garlic is the mother of all medicinal herbs. As a potent source of antibiotics, it is a proven cold and flu fighter, immune booster and can ward off infection. If you’re worried about walking around with garlic breath, just add a small section of parsley to your garden plot.

Peppermint, rosemary, thyme, and fennel are equally powerful medicinal herbs rich in healing and regenerative properties and should be included in your medicinal garden.

With the range of healing and health strengthening properties available in these natural remedies, you might spend a fortune on pills, syrups, and ointments trying to replicate their natural benefits.

If you are interested in learning more about how you can help yourself and your family using natural medicine, give the Nutrition Specialists of Florida a call today 239-947-1177 or visit online www.chiropractorbonitasprings.com.

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