CHICOPEE, Mass. (Mass Appeal) - Herbs and spices can not only add flavor to your favorite dishes, but they can also help improve your health. From relieving headaches and menopause symptoms to stimulating your circulation. Leslie Cerier, The Organic Gourmet, shared more on the health benefits of spices!
BASIL - Treats anxiety, colds coughs, depression, drug overdose and withdrawal, nervous exhaustion, rheumatic pain, stomachaches and vomiting; also stimulates appetite and relieves constipation.
BAY LEAVES - Relieves arthritis, atherosclerosis, bronchitis and poor circulation; strengthens and tones digestive organs.
CARAWAY - Helps appetite stimulation, bronchitis, chemotherapy-induced nausea, Crohn's disease, colic, cramps, indigestion, menstrual regulation and shortness of breath.
CARDAMOM - Treats anorexia, asthma, bad breath, bloating, bronchitis, celiac disease, incontinence, indigestion, kidney stones, laryngitis, vomiting and spastic colon.
CAYENNE - Relieves migraines; stimulates circulation; breaks up congestion; and aids digestion. Can also be gargled for sore throat; applied topically to stop bleeding in wounds or as a lotion or cream with the active ingredient capsaicin relieving arthritic joints and sprains.
CINNAMON - Treats loss of appetite, arthritis, bloating, cramps, flatulence and gastrointestinal troubles; serves as an antibacterial, antibiotic, anti-fungal and carminative.
CLOVES - Helps anorexia, bad breath, coughs, diarrhea, impotence, parasites, sore throats, stomach cramps, toothaches and vomiting. Also helps absorb other herbs in a formula and prevents colic in breast-fed babies via breast milk.
CORIANDER - Relieves appetite loss, bloating, cramps, diarrhea and gastrointestinal troubles.
DILL - Treats bad breath, low breast milk flow, colic, indigestion, insomnia and kidney disorders.
FENNEL - Treats bad breath, colic (in breast-fed babies via breast milk), diabetes, gout, jaundice, kidney stones, nausea and rheumatism.
GARLIC - Treats asthma, elevated blood lipid levels, candida, colds, coughs, diabetes, hypertension, influenza and intestinal parasites; serves as an antibacterial and antifungal.
GINGER - Relieves arthritis, backache, bronchitis, chills, poor circulation, colds, colic, flatulence, influenza, indigestion, menstrual cramps, motion sickness and muscle soreness (as a compress); also serves as an anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, blood thinner, carminative, expectorant and stimulant.
HORSERADISH - Relieves bladder infection, bronchitis, poor circulation, colitis, coughs, edema, gout, hay fever, sinus congestion and whooping cough.
MUSTARD - Relieves coughs, inflammation and respiratory congestion and stimulates appetite.
ONION - Stimulates appetite and helps prevent atherosclerosis.
OREGANO - Relieves bronchitis, candida, colic, coughs, delayed menses, motion sickness, nausea and toothaches; serves as an antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antiviral and carminative.
PARSLEY - Treats anemia, arthritis, cystitis, edema, gout, halitosis, jaundice, kidney inflammation and kidney stones.
PEPPERMINT - Helps colic, fatigue, fever, flatulence, flu, gastrointestinal troubles, gallbladder problems, halitosis, headache, morning sickness and nausea; serves as an analgesic, antimicrobial, antiparasitic and digestive aid.
ROSEMARY - Helps anxiety, asthma, bile secretion, depression, epilepsy, fatigue, flatulence, headaches, stress and vertigo; also serves as an antibacterial, antifungal, antioxidant, dyspeptic, and as a conditioner for dandruff, gray hair, and oily skin and hair.
SAGE - Treats anxiety, blood clots, canker sores, cystitis, depression, diarrhea, fever, hot flashes, memory problems, menopause, menses problems, night sweats, excessive perspiration and toothaches; also helps stop lactation.
THYME - Treats asthma, bronchitis, colds, colic, cough, diarrhea, hangovers, hay fever, headaches and menstrual cramps; can be used in gargle for dental decay and sore throats. Generally, serves as an antibiotic, antifungal and antiseptic.
TURMERIC - Treats arthritis, asthma, cancer, candida, high cholesterol, eczema, inflammation, uterine tumors and wounds.