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.
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Healing Spices by Bharat Aggarwal
Journal if Argicultural and Food Chemistry