Sometimes in the dark throes of winter, it's a challenge to get butts in gear to get those important tasks done on the way to improving your life. I've found some great ways to use spices to get that mojo working, and to put a spring in that wintery step. Here are some of my favorites:
Cumin spice support digestion
Used as a medicine in ancient Egypt, cumin is still extolled for its health benefits: It's believed to stimulate the pancreatic enzymes responsible for digestion and the liver enzymes that handle detoxification. Incorporate cumin into black beans, or make a simple spice butter to spread on corn on the cob. Just re-stocked my cupboard, going to alternate both cayenne and cumin in my water for the next few days, great way to support body cleansing... Don't you just love it?!
Curry powder is a spice blend that contains nutritional heavy hitters like fenugreek, which relieves everything from bronchitis to menstrual cramps, and tumeric, whose potent antioxidants helps prevent cell damage. We like curry on most anything... eggs in the morning, delish with fresh herbs for salad dressing, or a heavy dash in potato soup. Mmmmm... comfort food.
Cinnamon a natural antiseptic
Most cinnamon in the market today is actually cassia, the dried bark of a tropical laurel tree. The real stuff is lighter in color and sweeter in flavor. Cinnamon oil is a powerful antiseptic, and the spice is believed to help regulate blood sugar and cholesterol. Try a stick in your tea or Latte, delicious sprinkled on apple with raw peanut or almond butter. I like it sprinkled on kefir, too.
Another spicy tip...Black pepper
Black pepper- The world's most popular spice is so ubiquitous that its health value is often overlooked.(Capsaicin, the alkaloid that gives pepper its bite, stimulates digestion, circulation anf perspiration.) It is also a cooling agent. For a refreshing drink, try an Indian-style glass of sweetened lime juice and soda garnished with pepper.
A Fire Cider Tonic
Fend off viruses with zesty herbal vinegar. Try a tablespoon as needed when you're feeling unwell; drizzle on veggies for an immune boost:
Step 1 - prep ingredients: 1/2 cup chopped ginseng root, fresh or dried, 1/4 cup grated ginger root, 1/4 cup grated horseradish root, and 1/8 cup chopped garlic.
Step 2 - Add cayenne to taste. Pour in enough apple cider vinegar to cover the herbs by an inch or two, then seal tightly. Let sit for 4 weeks.
Step 3 - Strain the herbs from the vinegar. Sweeten with raw honey or have it straight up, like I do. Burn baby burn! Clears up the sinuses too.
Until next time...
In vibrant health,
Boyd Martin, Caretaker
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