6 spices that solve health problems
There is a whole range of spices that are used mainly in cooking and grow mainly in the territories of Asia, Indonesia and the Mediterranean. The leaves, bark or seeds of a particular aromatic plant are used. They are consumed in small quantities but this method does not reduce the healing properties and positive effect on the body.
1. Carob-used once upon a time instead of sugar. The seeds of this legume ripen in late summer when it acquires a characteristic odor and brown color. During this period, the seeds are removed from the pod. The seeds are dried, fried and ground to a powder. Carob powder combines well with vanilla, cinnamon or citrus fruits. Due to its natural sweetness, carob is an excellent healthy alternative to cocoa powder (in the preparation of desserts, yogurt and milk drinks, puddings and protein bars). Excess sugar should then not be added to these meals. Carob is a great food for people who want to lose weight because it contains fiber that is slower to digest. It gives a longer feeling of satiety and reduces the need for food. Carob contains almost no fat or oxalate salts (found in cocoa powder), which increase the risk of developing kidney stones and make it difficult to absorb calcium. Carob is ideal for patients with celiac disease because it does not contain gluten or caffeine (which increases the risk of insomnia, nervousness, anxiety, increased heart rate and other ailments).
- Clove is against inflammatory processes – this spice is used for mulled wines, teas, biscuits, gingerbread and other winter desserts which give it a sweet taste and aromatic aroma. It is available whole or in powder form. It is used in small quantities due to its intense aroma. Stimulates digestion of food (due to heavy, abundant and fatty meals), accelerates fat metabolism, regulates blood sugar levels. Thanks to the ingredient eugenol, it has a strong antioxidant effect, ie it regulates inflammatory processes and regenerates tissue damage. It has a strong antibacterial and antiseptic effect. (because it destroys harmful microorganisms that endanger oral health and cause the appearance of caries, gingivitis, pain in teeth and flesh, etc.). Then the cloves are usually chewed. The powder is rubbed into the flesh around the teeth. Medicinal essential oil (for antiseptic spray) and tea with cloves. Antiseptic mouthwash: make tea from mint leaves and 2 to 3 cloves. Add 2 drops of clove essential oil. Use for rinsing your mouth after brushing your teeth. The breath is refreshed and the plaque is reduced.
- Nutmeg protects blood vessels – it is usually available in the form of a powder made by grinding the boned seeds of a nutmeg tree. This tree grows in the Moluccas (Indonesia). The dried and peeled membrane can also be used as a spice. The taste of the membrane is a little more intense and bitter. Nutmeg has a woody-sweet aroma. It combines well with sweet potato and pumpkin dishes, but also with hot drinks (coffee, tea, milk). It goes well with cinnamon, cloves and cardamom. It contains vitamins A, B, C, and minerals (magnesium, phosphorus, iron, calcium and potassium). Occasional intake of this spice reduces the risk of cardiovascular diseases and circulation. It has a positive effect on the health of the kidneys and liver (it frees the kidneys and liver from harmful substances that slow down or interfere with the work of these organs). Relieves mental fatigue. It has a relaxing effect. Relieves stress and mood swings. It can be mixed into warm milk and drunk before bed. Just use a pinch of this spice. Excessive amounts can cause motor impairment, nausea, dizziness, fatigue, increased sweating, and mental confusion. This spice is stored in a hermetically sealed jar / container because contact with air impairs aroma and quality.
- Pepper keeps the head-spicy spice in cooking. It goes well with cardamom, cumin, garlic and turmeric. Encourages better absorption of nutrients from food. The spice is rich in antioxidants that reduce the risk of cell damage caused by free radicals (which can cause some degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, heart problems, diabetes and the like). The ingredient piperine gives a strong anti-inflammatory and analgesic effect (especially for chronic diseases such as arthritis, which damages the joints and makes it difficult to move). Warm compresses with the addition of peppermint essential oil can be used for treatment. This spice has a good effect on the cardiovascular system because it cleanses the arteries of cholesterol deposits and strengthens sugar metabolism. Keep the spice in an airtight container at room temperature (especially ground pepper). Ground pepper and granulated pepper are recommended to be added to dishes at the end of cooking to preserve the medicinal properties.
- Spices for healthy digestive organs – fresh or dried leaves of this plant with a sweet aromatic taste (which looks like parsley) but also seeds (whose smell is similar to the smell of citrus or anise) are used to season food. A small amount of spices can significantly alter the taste of dishes. It goes well with salmon, seafood, potatoes and sauces and salads. It is rich in vitamin A (good for vision), vitamin C (strengthens immunity, fights infections, helps wound healing, speeds up metabolism and bone formation) and the mineral manganese (important for normal nervous system function). Dill effectively solves digestive problems (gas, cramps, bloating, etc.). It has a diuretic effect because it stimulates the elimination of toxins (which can cause various problems). This plant is not recommended for people allergic to celery and carrots or for people with low blood pressure.
- Laurel cleans the respiratory organs – the laurel tree grows mainly in the Mediterranean area. This spice is used in cooking (soups, stews, roasts, stews, etc.). Whole or ground leaf that is not eaten is used. It is best to add laurel before the end of cooking to preserve all the useful properties. Laurel perfectly solves digestive problems (bloating, constipation, diarrhea, etc.). It is used to increase appetite. It is especially effective for respiratory tract problems (flu, colds, bronchitis, etc.). Laurel preparations solve the infection caused by harmful microorganisms, accelerate the decomposition of cough and the removal of cough from the respiratory tract, and encourage recovery. Laurel oil can be used to massage the chest. Recipe: Put two tablespoons of chopped bay leaves in a small glass bottle. Drizzle with one cup of almond milk. Leave for a month. Laurel removes dandruff from the hair and resolves dryness of the scalp. To do this, spray laurel tea on your hair. Leave for about two hours, then rinse with warm water.