The beautiful thing about natural and herbal medicine is that you are surrounded by it. Your ingredients for these medicines are found outside, in your garden and in your spice cabinet. That’s right. Herbal medicines and other remedies will be demystified right here in the words that are about to follow.
Did ya’ll read yesterday’s blog post? Go check that out because it’s the start of my herbal conversation and it aligns with this post.
This plant-based choice to treat simple illnesses doesn’t mean you have to run out and get a certificate of herbalism. It means being conscious of knowing what’s available for you to use in your own kitchen and in your own cooking.
*Almost every single spice you have in your cabinet aids in the digestion of your food. So the more flavor you bring to the table, the better you and everyone else will digest it!
When I’m cooking a meal, I’m thinking about what spice and herbs I want to use but not just based on what I think would taste good with the dish but also in regards to things like digestion. Meat dishes require a little extra help with digestion so I’ll add more of those herbs. If I make a particularly large meal like on a Sunday, I always offer some fennel seeds to chew on to help freshen breath and aid digestion. People used to think I was crazy but now it’s an expected practice when I host a dinner.
What gets lost in the consideration of using your kitchen spices to treat simple health issues is that you can actually pull out a handful of them and make a TEA!
This is real simple medicine folks! Let’s all get with the program!
So, let me share with you a small list of practical herbs and spices (that you SHOULD have in your cabinet) along with their medicinal properties. AND just because I like to be awesome, I’ve created a printable cheat sheet for you to download, print and shtick somewhere in your kitchen for quick reference.
FENNEL – aids in digestion, freshens breath, treats gas and bloating.
DILL – anti-infective, aids in digestion.
OREGANO – disinfectant, antibacterial.
PARSLEY – reduces blood pressure, freshens breath.
THYME – aids in digestion, antibacterial, antifungal, expectorant.
CLOVE – treats indigestion & diarrhea, antifungal, antiseptic, anesthetic.
TURMERIC – aids in digestion, anti-inflammitory, antibacterial.
GINGER – aids in digestion, anti-inflammitory, antibacterial, treats nausea.
CINNAMON – anti-infective, treats indigestion.
ROSEMARY – aids in digestion, treats congestion, anti-infective, loaded with antioxidants.
SAGE – aids in digestion, antispasmodic, astringent, anti-infective, loaded with antioxidants.
GARLIC – antibacterial, anti-infective.
Who needs a certificate right? JUST COOK! Now you have no excuse but to be mindful of what you have available to you as herbal medicine and to be empowered to use it!
Here’s the link to download the PDF – Spice Cabinet Medicine
*I have written this post for information purposes only. I do not prescribe or diagnose. I encourage you to learn more about herbal medicines and to see a doctor if you have a legitimate issue that persists.
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