Check out your spice cabinet. You probably have some cinnamon, nutmeg and more, all of which add flavor to your meals and beverages. Have you ever considered the healing properties of these items? In a pinch, this knowledge could be just what you need to help you go from blah to ta-da!
Using herbs and spices to make a tea is a simple way to utilize these ingredients, and they are easily assimilated by the body. To make a tea:
- Boil one cup of water
- Remove from heat, and add 1 tsp of the herb or spice
- Cover and let steep for 5 – 10 minutes
- Strain and enjoy. Feel free to sweeten with a touch of stevia, raw honey or pure maple syrup
Let’s take a look at some everyday spices and herbs that have extraordinary applications:
- Allspice is great for colds, menstrual cramps, or an upset stomach. Drink no more than three cups per day.
- Anise is wonderful for insomnia, cough, asthma; it has even been shown to be effective on migraines.
- Cinnamon is good for so many things! Just to name a few; it helps to lower cholesterol (1/2 tsp per day), it supports those with Type 2 Diabetes as it lowers blood sugar levels, it strengthens the cardiovascular system and aids the respiratory system (take 1 Tbsp. honey with ¼ tsp cinnamon).
- Cilantro Leaf or Coriander Seeds have the same medicinal properties as they come from the same plant (the leaves comes from the seeds). As a tea it helps to rid the body of heavy metals and clean the blood. Drink a cup or two a day. As well, the Coriander Seeds are helpful in allergy relief.
With this information you may not have to run out to the store in order to find relief! To learn more about these herbs and spices, as well as dozens more, check out my Back to Basics DVD/Workbook. This powerful program teaches you how to utilize these flavorful, yet medicinal ingredients. And all are right within reach!