Your kitchen is your pharmacy. Open up your spice container and you will discover that your everyday cooking ingredients are a part of a home remedy. And when you mix different spices together, you come up with different home remedies. An ordinary dinner can become a healing meal simply by what the ingredients are. For example, a classic example is chicken noodle soup when you have the flu. Noodles are a type of carbohydrate and therefore, is a source of energy. Chicken is your source of protein to help stabilise your energy and give you strength. And the warm liquid broth provides nourishment, comfort, and warmth so that you feel better. Simply notice how warm liquids help you feel better when you are sick.
So what are some spices that are very useful in home remedies? Ginger is the most useful spice available. You can read more about ginger here. But on top of ginger, there are many other useful spices for home remedies. Some of them are turmeric, cinnamon, cumin, fennel, nutmeg, and cardamom.
Turmeric – This spice is especially useful if you have children or if you have any heart conditions or skin problems. Turmeric is great for the skin, is a mild laxative, and can decrease cholesterol. It’s a spice that contains vitamin A and is considered to be both a protein and carbohydrate. Turmeric, if applied as a paste, can reduce pain and swelling for non-exposed wounds. A great home remedy for shingles is to make a paste out of turmeric and ghee. Mix enough turmeric into the ghee until the ghee turns yellow-orange and then apply onto the shingles. Cover the area with a cloth or bandage. Apply the paste twice a day.
Cinnamon – Cinnamon is great for regulating and balancing sugar levels. Its also excellent for indigestion, circulation, a good spice for the nervous system, can act as a diuretic, good for oral problems, reproductive system, reduces nausea, good for haemorrhoids, coughing, and relieves gas. For a headache, apply a cinnamon paste onto your forehead.
Cumin – A great spice for relieving abdominal pain, stimulates appetite, cleansing for the blood, and good for skin problems. For loss of appetite, indigestion, and gas, you can use about 3 grams of dry roasted powdered cumin seeds and mix with a small amount of honey. Have it before a meal for loss of appetite, or have it after a meal for indigestion.
Fennel – Also known as a mouth freshener, fennel is great for the intellect and vision, and is useful for all digestive problems. Fennel tea is good for relieving cramps and stimulating digestion. Can also be used for mild cases of constipation.
Nutmeg – For anyone who has insomnia or sleep issues, nutmeg is your best bet. Nutmeg is also referred to as a natural tranquilizer. Use about ½ gram of nutmeg powder with a cup of warm milk at night before bed to help alleviate insomnia. For other insomnia tips, click here. Nutmeg is also useful to use in disorders of the liver, for Irritable Bowel Syndrome, and in cases of menorrhea.
Cardamom – A great spice for nausea, vomiting, and excessive thirst. Its also good for the heart, regulates blood pressure, removes congestion in the chest, decreases burning sensation, and helps to stimulate taste buds. In cases where there is a loss of taste, and for maintaining oral health, chew one cardamom seed a day.
These are just a few ways to use the spices individually. And if you notice, almost all of the spices are good for the digestion in one way or another. Also, combining different spices with one another have different healing effects on the body. But nevertheless, you have a world of home remedies just by turning to your spice rack.