Did you know that spices were used as medicine as far back as 2600 BCE? While most people think of spices as something you add to chicken or pasta, they also promote our health in incredibly powerful ways. Here are some spices that are great for more than just spicing up your next dish, along with the prices you should expect to pay for a high-quality, organic container:
Spices That Help Fight Bacteria
Basil ($7 per 5-ounce container)
Basil doesn’t cost a lot and it’s a good way to help your body fight bacteria. Apart from having strong antimicrobial and antiviral properties, it can even help treat arthritis. The herb also contains massive amounts of vitamin A.
Clove ($6 per 0.62-ounce container)
Besides being an incredibly potent antimicrobial, clove also has the advantage of being able to soothe pain. It’s a perfect source of vitamin C, which helps the body defend against infection and can be used to lessen the pain of toothaches.
Rosemary ($4 per 1.23-ounce container)
There are 19 different chemicals in this herb that fight bacteria. It doesn’t cost much and it can make a lot of difference is used regularly.
Oregano ($7 per 3-ounce container)
As you probably know, oregano is one of the main spices used in the Italian cuisine. However, as a healing herb, it is a powerful antifungal that can even kill MRSA and bacteria that creates body odor.
Garlic ($1 per 3)
If you can ignore its smell, this spice can help you with anything from yeast infections to the common cold.
Spices That Protect Against Alzheimer’s Disease
Cinnamon ($4 per 18-ounce container)
Cinnamon has powerful antioxidant properties that protect cells from free radicals and help fight Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and even cancer. It can also prevent blood clots and is beneficial for the heart.
Sage ($4 per 0.63-ounce container)
Alzheimer’s and other dementia diseases can be treated with sage. In addition, it helps with memory and mood, and has powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
Nutmeg ($32 per 1lb container)
Medically, nutmeg contains Myristicin, a substance that inhibits one of the enzymes that contribute to Alzheimer’s disease. It can also improve memory and be used as an antidepressant.
Spices That Relieve Pain
Cayenne pepper ($8 per 2.89-ounce container)
The main substance found in cayenne is capsaicin. Its anti-inflammatory and pain relieving properties have made it one of the main ingredients in many over-the-counter products that treat muscle pain and arthritis.
Chili peppers ($4 per 3.5-ounces of dried peppers)
These peppers have been used in cooking for thousands of years, and they’ve helped treat headaches, arthritis and chronic pain problems for just as long. The capsaicin found in them will effectively block the pain signals sent by the body to the brain.
Ginger ($4 per 1.64-ounce container)
Ginger doesn’t cost much and it one of the oldest painkillers known to man. It can help with osteoarthritis and other inflammatory diseases. Ginger can be used in tea, various food recipes and shakes.
Fennel Seeds ($4 per 1.9-ounce container)
There have been studies that have shown that moderate to severe menstrual pain can be treated with fennel seeds, due to the many phytochemicals that it contains. These can also help with digestion and relieve colic pain, coughs and even bronchitis.
Spices That Help With Digestive Problems
Coriander ($11 per 9-ounce container)
In a study done on 32 people with irritable bowel syndrome, it has been shown that coriander can successfully improve the condition after a few weeks of continuous treatment. Be careful to not confuse it with cilantro, as both come from the same plant.
Dill ($5 per 0.81-ounce container)
Dill is a great remedy for digestive problems, heartburn, colic and gas. As an added bonus, it can even help treat bad breath, due to its high chlorophyll content.
Mint ($8 per 3-ounce bag)
This herb has been used as a stomach tonic for a long time. It is essential in calming stomach muscle spasms, easing hiccups and counteracting nausea. Used in tea or food, it can even help reduce headache pain.
Spices That Protect Against Diseases
Thyme ($2 per 0.37-ounce container)
Thyme helps with more than a few things. It increases blood flow to the skin, which speeds up healing. It also helps stop muscle spasm and can be used to treat bronchitis.
Saffron ($18 per 3-gram container)
It may cost a lot, but the qualities of this spice make it a miracle medicine. Saffron can treat depression, increase blood flow to the brain and is beneficial when treating degenerative eye diseases.
Black Pepper ($9 per 6.04-ounce container)
One of the cheapest spices in the world, black pepper can help prevent certain types of cancer, arthritis and heart disease.
Parsley ($5 per 1.2-ounce container)
Parsley is a great help when preventing and treating kidney problems, bladder infections and prevent bloating caused by menstruation. It can also be used to treat bad breath.
Turmeric ($13 per 1-pound container)
Its anti-inflammatory properties make it ideal for relieving the pain caused by carpal tunnel syndrome and rheumatoid arthritis. Turmeric also contains vitamin A, C and E, and can prevent cataracts.
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