4 Ways to Warm and Spice Up Your Health


When the temperatures drop outside, we want to warm up inside! The benefits of using warming winter spices like ginger, black pepper, cinnamon and cloves, is our body stays warm and healthy. Let’s look at some recipes and wonderful health results from using these great, spicy herbs.

Cinnamon has such a wonderful aroma, it is a spicy herb and great for helping decrease muscle soreness from too much exercise. Studies have also found cinnamon helps keep sugar levels in a healthy range, a great choice for a diabetic!

Sprinkle Cinnamon in your coffee, cocoa or tea, on oatmeal or yogurt! Try using it in recipes for flavoring.

Ginger is a well- known herb for health because it is a fast stomach soother and great for decreasing inflammation. It is suggested often by doctors for nauseau associated with pregnancy, chemotherapy and even motion sickness! It may also help make you fuller faster, decreasing food intake, and even burn more calories.

You can make a ginger syrup by steeping sliced ginger in boiling water for about one hour, add some honey and drink like a tea. There are many dried ginger candies and teas now available at many stores.

 Black Pepper is the most popular spice in the United States and it can be helpful for the overweight battles, especially over the winter holiday season. A chemical compound called piperline, in black pepper seeds, can block the formation of new fat cells.

Sprinkle pepper on your foods as often as you can!

Many chai teas on the market are flavored with black pepper, ginger, cinnamon and cardamom.  These teas are very warming, so they are of great benefit in easing symptoms of congestion, colds and the flu.

Cayenne is a hot spice and of course very warming. It takes very small amounts to keep you warm. It also can relieve the chills , cough and congestion. If your feet are cold, sprinkle some cayenne between your socks and shoes to keep them warm!

I like to suggest using cayenne in soups, stews and with salad or eggs.  The ancient Mayans liked their cocoa drinks with cayenne spice. You can mix up a tea drink with lemon juice and cayenne to warm up during extreme cold weather.


The Green Pharmacy to Healing Foods by James Duke

Healing Spices by Bharat Aggarwal



Journal if Argicultural and Food Chemistry

Cindy Burrows
Cynthia Burrows, M.T. CWC, Herbalist

Cynthia Burrows, from Austin, Texas, owns Cindy Burrows, Natural Health Consultant; assisting individuals with health issues they would like to change. She will set up a program giving choices of foods, herbs, teas and homeopathic suggestions. Cindy is past owner of Nature’s Healing Herbs, an Herbal, Green Tea, and Tincture product line, and a rare product line of Green Tea Foods. She has certificates for Herbalist at East West School of Herbology, and as Wellness Consultant with the Wellness Forum in Ohio.

Cindy is also a Medical Technologist, with a B.S. degree from Mansfield University in Mansfield Pa., she has been in healthcare for over 30 years. In 2005, she started using a new device founded in Europe, Quantum Biofeedback, “an energy rebalancing of the body”, by using our bodies electricity or frequency waves it can detect stress points in the body, she has added this to her consulting practice. She now has her Certification as a Biofeedback Specialist. She helps her clients by working with the synergy of herbs, food, homeopathy, and aromatherapy within her practice. She is a speaker, writer, and teacher. Cindy has been interviewed on TV; about the benefits of Green Tea and has been on radio about her small business tour to Ecuador.

Cindy has been an herbalist for over 20 years and has spent 6 years learning through the East West School of Herbology with Michael Tierra. She has studied Western, Chinese and Ayurvedic Herbs with a strong emphasis on nutrition. Along with many other continued studies of alternative and complementary medicine. She is a Certified Wellness Consultant, through a special program, The Wellness Forum, which has its nutrition program, now part of the curriculum at Ohio State University, providing educational seminars and workshops designed to impart relevant nutrition information to individuals to take control of their own health. These programs give healthier options and choices that can impact your longevity and quality of life. Cindy has been a speaker to many groups and has conducted many of her own classes on food and healthy life style programs.

Cindy has been involved with a hands-on healing program for the past 4 years and offers energy healing, through donation only, to anyone who needs her services.

She is Co-president of the Austin Herb Society and a member of the American Herbalist Guild. Cynthia has been a board member on many programs in the past including; La Sertoma, Arthritis Foundation, Toastmasters International, National Association of Female Executives, Handicapped Equestrian Learning Program, Entrepreneurs Association, and Austin Integrated Health Care Program.

Cindy also loves nature, animals, reading, blending teas, juices, etc.; likes to hike, and work with plants and, of course, cooking., mostly vegetarian.
Cindy has an adventurous streak.
She has organized and taken tours with business and artists groups to Big Bend, Texas, New Mexico, USA, and Ecuador, South America.