- Supports digestive function
- Constricts and tones tissues
- Relieves congestion
- Relieves pain and stiffness of muscles and joints
- Relieves menstrual discomfort
- Blood-thinning compounds that stimulate circulation
- Anti-inflammatory compounds that may relieve arthritis
- Helps prevent urinary tract infections, tooth decay and gum disease
- It’s a powerful anti-microbial agent that can kill E. colic and other bacteria
Nutmeg is another spice that has a variety of healing properties and can be used in a wide range of dishes during the holidays and all year long.
It is useful for:
- Insomnia (nutmeg can produce drowsiness so it should be taken when you have a chance to relax or sleep)
- Calming muscle spasms
- Nausea and vomiting
- Joint pain and gout
- Lowering blood pressure
- Male infertility and impotence
- Improving concentration
- Increasing circulation
- Lowering cholesterol
- Toothaches (nutmeg oil) Please note that taking too much nutmeg (one to three nuts or less) can cause side effects such as nausea, hallucinations, swelling and shock.
Cloves have a potent, sweet and spicy, aromatic flavor that makes a great complement to many foods. They have been consumed in some areas, such as Asia, for more that 2,000 years. Among clove’s most well-known healing properties is its ability to relieve tooth and gum pain.
Clove’s other benefits include
- Anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and antioxidant properties
- Relief from respiratory ailments such as asthma and bronchitis
- Relief from muscle pains from injuries or arthritis and rheumatism
- Eliminates intestinal parasites, fungi and bacteria
- May encourage creativity and mental focus
Ginger is another spice with a potent flavor that is great for warming your body and adding kick to foods.
It’s medicinal properties include:
- Soothes nausea, motion sickness and other stomach upset
- Relieves morning sickness
- Anti-inflammatory properties
- Eliminates intestinal gas
- Relaxes and soothes the intestinal tract
- Antioxidant properties
- Relieves dizziness
- Boosts the immune system
- Protects against bacteria and fungi
- Encourages bile flow
- Promotes cardiovascular health
The therapeutic effects of fresh peppermint leaves have been known since ancient times and it aromatic aroma has come to symbolize hospitality in many cultures.
It’s healing properties include:
- Soothing to the digestive tract
- Relieves symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome
- May protect against cancer
- Inhibits the growth of bacteria and fungus
- Relieves the symptoms of allergies and asthma
While there are many benefits to be had by adding spices to your diet, don’t forget that these foods should not be taken every day or you run the risk of developing an allergy to them. Spices should not be looked at as a “cure” for your health problems, only by addressing the underlying causes of illness with a healthy diet and lifestyle will you be able to achieve optimum.