Natural healing herbs and spices

Herbs and Spices
Natural healing herbs and spices


We all have favorite flavors that we like in our food. Some enjoy hot cayenne while others love cinnamon or fresh peppermint. Without many spices in the world, our food would surely taste bland and boring! But there is more to spices than simply flavor–spices contain many health benefits unknown to the common observer. Spices are full of phytonutrients, essential oils, antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins, which can help us in several various interesting and potentially life-saving ways.

Let’s explore some commonly used spices together to become better acquainted with the healing benefits of spices. Szechuan peppercorns have been used by Native Americans as a toothache remedy as well as a cure for many various digestive ailments.


Cayenne peppers are available in some of the hottest dishes around. If you can tolerate the spice level, you will reap the many health benefits Cayenne has to offer. Cayenne has a very high concentration of vitamins and minerals. Just 100g of Cayenne pepper can help you to fulfill your daily requirements of various vitamins and minerals such as vitamin C, vitamin B-6, Niacin riboflavin, vitamin A, iron, copper, and potassium. Cayenne utilize to help fight arthritis, diabetes, and obesity. It is also available in many cuisine styles such as Cajun, Indian, and Asian.


Capers are the flowering buds of a Mediterranean shrub commonly found pickled and in many dishes native to the region. They are very low in calories at only 23 calories per 100g, yet capers contain a lot of phytonutrients, antioxidants, and vitamins. Capers are one of the highest sources of rutin and quercetin. Quercetin has anti-bacterial, ant carcinogenic, analgesic, and anti-inflammatory properties, while rutin helps strengthen capillaries and fight obesity. Capers have using to relieve rheumatic pain, as an appetite stimulant, and also to help relieve stomachaches and flatulence.

Bay Leaf

Bay laurel, deemed the tree of the sun god under the sign of Leo, bay tree originated in the Asia Minor region and is dispersed throughout the Mediterranean region. These leaves are available in Asian curries, herbal teas, as a sweetener in some dishes, and many classic sauces.
Its leaves contain many compounds that are antiseptic, anti-oxidant, digestive, and are believed to help prevent cancer. In the bay leaves have been used medicinally to stimulate appetite, soothe stomach aches and relieve flatulence/colic pain, and treat arthritis, muscle pain, bronchitis, and flu. Additionally, the folic acid in Bay leaves has been used as a natural bug repellent. Natural Healing Herbs and Spices


Natural Healing Herbs and Spices
Natural Healing Herbs and Spices

Cinnamon is a common spice that most of us are familiar with in desserts and many dishes to add a warm mild spice. But little do many know that Cinnamon has properties, which make it especially useful in fighting diabetes. Cinnamon helps to offset the difficulties diabetics have when processing insulin.


Native to the rainforests of Indonesia, nutmeg has long been known for its array of qualities.  Nutmeg work traditionally in Chinese and Indian cultures to help alleviate nervous and digestive system ailments. Nutmeg’s eugenol content has also made it useful in soothing toothaches. Nutmeg oil may use in massage to help with muscular and rheumatic pain in joints. When coupled with honey nutmeg is useful in relieving nausea, gastritis, and indigestion.  (Natural Healing Herbs and Spices)

Vanilla Bean

The vanilla bean comes from the pods of a tropical climbing orchid and it is commonly found in sweet drinks and desserts. The bean contains traces of B vitamins and various minerals. In addition to these, vanilla is also familiar for its aphrodisiac qualities. Ancient Mayans used vanilla drinks to help cure sexual dysfunctions, an interesting alternative to Viagra!

Szechuan (Sichuan) Pepper Corns

If you love spicy Chinese Szechuan cuisine and you will be delighted to know that the peppercorns (one of the five spices inside the Chinese five-spice powder) found in them are filled with health benefits.
The peppercorns come from the prickly-ash tree a citrus family flowering plant that is native to the Szechuan region in China. Szechuan peppercorns help aid digestion by increasing gastrointestinal juice in the gut. They contain essential oils, which provide a delicious citrus flavor, terpenes, minerals vitamins, and antioxidants. Some of the vitamins found in Szechuan peppercorns include vitamin A, carotenes, pyridoxine, and thiamin; and minerals such as copper, potassium, iron manganese, phosphorous, selenium, and zinc. Above all these can help improve skin, blood circulation/cardiovascular health, and immunities. (Natural Healing Herbs and Spices)

Black Pepper

Next time you consider using that pepper shaker, go ahead, and sprinkle some pepper – it’s good for you! Black pepper is not just a good way to add some flavor to your meal but it is also healthy.
Pepper contains piperine which helps with the absorption of various nutrients. Peppercorns are also good sources of antioxidants, vitamins, and polyphenolic antioxidants such as vitamin C, vitamin A, and carotenes. Black pepper is work in dentistry as an antiseptic and to decrease gum swellings. Peppercorns also work traditionally to alleviate flatulence and indigestion. (Natural Healing Herbs and Spices)


Native to South Europe and cultivated in many countries, saffron has been a prized spice throughout the ages.
On the other hand, the saffron plant (Crocus Sativus) is a purple flower that produces dark orange threads. These threads are what we use in seasoning. Saffron works traditionally as an anti-spasmodic and diaphoretic. It is also familiar to have antioxidant properties, which make it useful in fighting cancer and depression. (Natural Healing Herbs and Spices)


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