Powerful Healing Properties of 5 Common Household Organic Spices

Lisa Garber
Waking Times

It’s a wonder people spend billions of dollars on  woefully ineffective and even harmful pharmaceuticals when our own spice racks  contain so much natural healing power. And now, many recent studies back the  millennia-old claims that spices have powerful healing properties. Here are 5  organic spices possessing amazing healing properties to bolster your well-being  and protect you from illness and disease.

Organic Spices – Cardamom

Popularly known to give Turkish coffee its distinctive flavor, cardamom is  actually an Indian seed. Crush cardamom in a mortar and pestle or grinder and  add to coffee, ginger tea with honey, or a rice dish to harness its ability to  aid in digestion and ease problematic (and often embarrassing) flatulence.

Cardamom can be used to improve digestion, help with with stomach cramps, and  provide benefit for those suffering from flatulence and gas. According to  the “Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine,” cardamom has been used by herbalists as  a digestive aid for centuries. Further, some see it as a possible treatment for  treating worms in your intestines, such as the University of Maryland Medical  Center.

Cinnamon

This spice is a must-have in every kitchen. Compounds in  cinnamon—eugenol and cinnamaldehyde—also have pain-relieving and sedative  properties, respectively. The key is to add cinnamon to healthy recipes— those  not laden with inflammatory sugars and hydrogenated vegetable oils—to make sure  the final product stays as healthy as the spice.


  • People have been using cinnamon for diabetes for as long as anyone can  remember. For a study published  in the Journal of Diabetic Medicine, researchers divided adults  with type 2 diabetes into 2 different groups. Those on the daily regimen of  cinnamon experienced lower fasting glucose (blood sugar) levels than the other  group and showed reduced body fat overall. See here why cinnamon  for diabetes is so popular.

    Its anti-inflammatory properties and cancer-fighting abilities could  also help patients with leukemia and lymphoma cancer. According to animal  studies by the Gwanju Institute of Science and Technology in Korea, cinnamon has  an anti-tumor effect and leads to cancer cell death.

    Check out more of the benefits  of cinnamon.

    Cloves

    Research from the Miguel Hernandez University found that cloves (Syzygium  aromaticum) are the “best” natural antioxidant. The study examined five  antioxidant properties, with cloves showing amazing results for each. They  contain high levels of phenolic compounds, which have antioxidant,  anti-inflammatory, and anti-clotting properties.

    Since cloves are so high in antioxidants and have anti-inflammatory and  anti-clotting properties, it is a great ingredient to add into home remedies for  arthritis, congestion, indigestion, and toothache, even Athlete’s foot. Brew  clove tea by steeping 1 teaspoon of cloves in boiling water for several minutes.  Add honey, milk, and/or lemon juice to taste.

    Turmeric

    Known for it’s ability to positively influence over 586  diseases according to peer-reviewed research from leading universities,  turmeric is possibly the king of spices. In various studies and continuously  conducted research, turmeric has been shown to be a powerful fighter of cancer,  possessing both preventing and healing properties. One  study shows that curcumin, a powerful active compound in trumeric, is a  naturally powerful anticancer compound that has been shown to decrease brain  tumor size in animals by 81 percent in more than 9 studies. Researchers  at UCLA have even found that curcumin is able to block  cancer growth.

    The spice has also been shown to:

    • Positively effect diabetes
    • Prevent breast cancer
    • Promote health fat loss
    • Act as a natural painkiller
    • Detox the liver,
    • And more

    Ginger

    A close cousin of the famed turmeric, ginger’s own fame dates back  thousands of years to Asia and India.  For centuries, ginger has been used  as an effective cure when it comes to common cough and cold. Even when the  symptoms become severe, using this as tea will alleviate sore throat, itchiness,  coughing and even blocked nasal passages. But on a more serious note, its  many antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties also make it a possible treatment for cancer.

    Ginger also calms upset stomachs and nausea, so drink ginger tea with honey  and milk (try coconut milk for a vegan option) to help with morning sickness,  motion sickness, and hangovers. The health  benefits of ginger are truly abundant, and should not be overlooked.

    Additional Sources:

    The  Examiner

    GreenMedInfo

    LiveStrong

    This article originally appeared at NaturalSociety.com, an excellent source of news and information about natural health.

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