The use of herbs and spices a decade ago was only limited to pepper, basil, oregano, and mint – at least in the urban areas where chefs and cooking moms use these spices for their pasta or meatloaf. The other spices just became more popular lately when the latest studies showed how wonderful the other herbs and spices were not only for our food but also for our overall health and wellness.
Our ancestors have long been utilizing herbs and spices for their ailments and for keeping themselves away from deadly diseases that are now afflicting many people around the world – the young and the old. They have not depended on medications and medical treatments that were not natural, yet they have successfully added years to their lives. Of course, part of that was also that there were not many canned goods and other processed food.
Now that everyone’s joining the craze, here is a list of some great herbs and spices that have amazing benefits for physical and mental health and wellness.
Herbs And Spices
- Cinnamon. Aside from its sweet flavor, cinnamon is a powerful antioxidant. It helps decrease blood pressure and prevent Type 2 diabetes by reducing insulin resistance. It works directly on muscles, getting rid of sugar from the circulation.
Adding cinnamon into your diet would also greatly help increase the amount of HDL in your body and consequently decrease LDL. Therefore, regular intake of this spice would reduce our craving for high-fat content meals. Cinnamon also has anti-inflammatory properties.
- Cayenne pepper. One of the most positive effects of cayenne in our body is weight loss. Adding half a teaspoon of cayenne helps decrease appetite and one’s craving for salty or sweet kinds of food. It is the active substance Capsicum that contributes to the spicy taste of cayenne pepper. More importantly, this spice has proven benefits of relieving muscle pain and arthritis and is a potent decongestant.
- Turmeric. One of the most common and powerful spices in the world is the turmeric, also called Curcuma longa. This golden-colored spice is loaded with fiber, calcium, potassium, magnesium and zinc, and various vitamins. This is why turmeric has been shown through different studies to be a potent antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antifungal and most especially anti-carcinogenic. Destroying cancer cells has been its biggest upside, reducing the incidence of prostate and breast cancer in multiple studies. The powder form of turmeric can also be used directly as a skin antiseptic and antibacterial.
- Black pepper. Black pepper is a favorite ingredient of almost everyone, if not everyone who loves anything with just the perfect spice and flavor. A lot of people already know the health benefits that they get when they add pepper into their food. It promotes good digestion and increases metabolism. It also relieves cough and cold, as it is a strong decongestant. The outer covering of the black pepper also helps shed pounds and is a potent fat burner.
- Sage. Long before we learned about the healing properties of sage, it was already used by the Romans to help prevent the plague, its Latin name being Salvere, meaning ‘to save.’ The latest studies have shown that sage essentially improves brain function, thus it has been used as an adjunct to the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease.
- Chamomile. Known for its healing insomnia, chamomile has more benefits than we know. It is also an antidepressant and is a very potent anti-allergy, in fact, one of the best cures for hay fever. Women also drink chamomile tea to soothe their pain during their menstrual period.
We have always loved to add spices to our food and even desserts, and it’s a good thing that we do, perhaps while we were not yet even aware of their benefits. Now that we do, we are encouraged to add more to the line of spices that we keep in our kitchen. Herbs and spices are simply fantastic – flavorful, beneficial, and natural, rolled into one.