I grew up in a pretty conservative house when it came down to food. My mother was always really busy being a creative so she never really had much time to herself. And cooking wasn’t part of what she considered “time to herself” so it wasn’t on the top of her list either.
That being said, we always managed to eat good foods but spices were not part of her culinary world. Of course, like any household, she’d have the usual “Italian mix” and some ginger powder but I don’t think she ever bothered experiencing with much more.
When I moved into my first apartment, I was living with a really earthy woman that I still call to this day “the Witch” as she had all the qualities to be so, whether those were good or bad. She was really mystical and had her black cat always with her, the kind of cat that stares into the depth of your soul with those eyes that know.
That apart, she was also really knowledgeable regarding herbs, spices, and health (like any good witch should be) and taught me a lot about it. Her pantry was full of dried herbs and teas which pushed me to learn more about it all.
A few years down the road, I am here, writing this article about the same herbs she had shown me when I was just starting my life Odyssey.
So without further due, here are the 5 spices you should start using today!
Without any doubt, this is on the top of the list for sooooo many reasons! Studies have been made regarding the active component of turmeric, curcumin, and it shows a lot of healing properties. It is known to be anti-oxidant, helps fight cancer, stops its growth, anti-inflammatory, detoxifying and wound healing.
But I think its most important feature so far is its use in cancer prevention. Studies all around the world are starting to take a closer look at this “golden spice” in order to know how they can incorporate it into treatments. Scientists are trying to develop a drug out of this plant that would help heal people affected by this deadly condition.
Turmeric has already been used in Asia traditions and India in order to keep the body healthy and strong, it has also been used in beverages and cosmetics.
It can also help detoxifying the liver as it has anti-inflammatory and detoxifying properties. It will also decalcify the pineal gland which is our receptor for the spiritual realm also known as “thrid-eye”.
Cumin has also been used over the centuries as a health-boosting spice. It has digestive properties as its active component Cuminaldehyde is know to stimulate our salivary glands. It helps with digestion and the intestinal tract, thus helping with problems such as constipation or even piles. It is high in vitamin C, A and iron which will help fight colds or infections. Taking as small as a teaspoon of cumin mixed with some lemon and apple cider vinegar in the morning could help you lose some pounds and boost your immune system. Like turmeric, it also has some chemo-preventive properties to help you prevent and fight cancer.
This delicious, sweet spice that reminds us all of Christmas, good times and coffee in front of the fire.
Well, I don’t know about you, but that’s the case for me.
It tastes amazing, it’s used in deserts, it smells like holidays but it is also a great spice to boost your health! Maybe the fact that it reminds us of good times is enough for our brains to tell our bodies that we’re gooooood. But maybe there is more than meet the eyes!
Yes, there is more to it.
Cinnamon is known to help reduce blood pressure and manage Type 2 Diabetes. The component in this spice will work directly on the blood cells to help remove sugar and then convert it to energy – maybe that’s why it’s widely used in deserts? It will also improve the sensibility to the hormone insulin, which is one of the main causes of Diabetes.
It was named the highest in antioxidant in a comparative study of 26 spices. So if you are looking to boost your system and get your dose of anti-oxidant, this is your spice! This way you can keep your brain and body young and healthy.
And the list goes on: it can help prevent cancer, is antimicrobial, reduces allergies symptoms and inflammation, is beneficial to digestive and dental health, is anti-diabetic, protects the hearth and can be a natural food preservative.
Besides being delicious as a meal, curry has a lot of good properties to help and prevent diseases in the body. To start off, curry is a blend of different spices such as cumin, coriander, cardamom, paprika, and turmeric. The mix may vary depending on the country you find yourself in but overall it has the same properties. Let’s start off with the more obvious ones that you can also find in turmeric: liver problems and cancer prevention. Curry is great to help with both of these health conditions as it contains a great deal of turmeric and cumin.
It is also known to help with Alzheimer’s, researchers are trying to correlate the low rate of Alzheimer’s in India and their curry intake as it may seem that curcumin counters the cognitive decline of the neurological pathways which leads to Alzheimer’s.
It contains cumin and other powerful spices to help digestion and to boost the metabolism. It prevents indigestion as well as diarrhea.
Last but not least, ginger is widely used around the world as a powerful antibacterial and cleansing spice. Although it is better to use it as it is – not as a powder – to get the most of the gingerol (the active ingredient of ginger roots), you can still use it as a spice to add to your recipes. Ginger alone can be quite spicy and can cause the body temperature to rise, promoting the elimination of harmful bacterias.
It is often used in teas as a way to cleanse the body and help with digestive tract diseases such as nausea, morning sickness, and liver diseases. It is a great morning supplement to fight depression and to give your overall health a little boost.
Also, like the rest of the spices in the list above, this spice is amazing to fight cancer – not only prevent it but fight it.
So apart from giving your food a wonderful flavor, these 5 spices have been used for centuries to treat different types of illnesses. They also all have one thing in common: they fight cancer. Which is, alongside heart diseases, the number 1 cause of death in North America. I think that it is still pretty impressive that such a small powder or herb can help with so many conditions – so why not use it to our advantage and prevent them?
Tell me which one is your favorite spice and if you have any other spice that hasn’t been covered yet – let me know! I would love to hear from you 🙂
Until next time,