Healing Spices and Herbal Remedies to Boost Your Wellness

The use of spices and other herbs for healing purposes is an ancient practice adopted in all parts of the world. They have been used for their antiviral and antimicrobial properties, to prevent and cure the flu, to regulate blood pressure, and to control blood sugar.

Below are examples of commonly used herbal remedies:

Echinacea Root: Echinacea root has been used in the Native Americas to prevent and cure colds as it strengthens the immune system. Echinacea also relieves pain and has a calming effect.

Garlic: Garlic has potent antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties. In Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda, garlic had been used to treat colds, digestive disorders and fungal infections. Garlic also reduces blood pressure thus lowering risk of heart disease. It is also an anti-angiogenic food which reduces the risk of certain cancers.

Ginger: Ginger is an anti-inflammatory food widely used in Ayurvedic medicine. It is also used as a digestive aid, decreases ulcers, and helps relieve nausea. Ginger also regulates blood sugar levels.

Turmeric: Similar to ginger, turmeric is also widely used in Ayurveda and is a strong anti-inflammatory agent. Curcumin, one of the active compounds in turmeric, reduces oxidative stress that causes hearth disease, cancer and diabetes.

Finally, essential oils extracted from plants and herbs are used in aromatherapy to treat antiviral and antibacterial infections. Since they are very concentrated they are used in small amounts and mixed with water or other oils. Some examples of essential oils include; cinnamon, clove, lavender, oregano, thyme and olive leaf.

Try to include some of these herbs and spices in your daily routine such as in teas, in cooked meals such as meat or legume dishes, salads, and mezzes to strengthen your immune system and boost your health.

(Credit: Asli Cakar, Holistic Health and Nutrition Coach)

(References: Natural Healing Remedies, Module 23, Integrative Nutrition, Inc., March 17 2018. Traditional Medicine, Module 23, Integrative Nutrition, Inc. March 17 2018.)