We are used to using spices to enhance the flavor or food. Our spice pantry is also a medicine chest! Learning the beneficial health properties of spices and herbs is a fun way to turn your kitchen into a pharmacy.
There are so many herbs and spices to choose from! Here is a list of some of my favorite herbs and spices with their energetic qualities and health benefits.
Anise: pungent, heating, light, detoxifying, boosts digestion
Allspice: pungent, heating, boosts digestion
Asafoetida: pungent, heating, dispels gas, boosts digestion, anti-parasitic, antibiotic
Basil: astringent, warming, stimulating
Black pepper: pungent, heating, increases circulation, promotes digestion and weight loss, relieves cough and congestion
Bay leaf: pungent, bitter, heating, boosts digestion
Caraway: sour, pungent, warming, reduces gas, relieves water retention
Cardamom: sweet, mildly pungent, cooling, digestive stimulant, curbs sweet cravings, relieves gas and indigestion
Cayenne: pungent, heating, promotes circulation, heating, and drying
Cinnamon: sweet, mildly pungent, warming, boosts circulation, detoxifying, antiseptic
Clove: pungent, heating, stimulates digestion, remedy for colds and coughs, antibacterial, anti-fungal
Coriander/cilantro: astringent, cooling, relieves excess heat, boosts digestion, relieves gas
Cumin: slightly pungent, bitter, warming, strong digestive, boosts appetite, cleanses fat and toxins, antimicrobial
Fennel: sweet, cooling, cooling digestive, breath sweetener
Fenugreek: pungent, bitter, boosts digestive fire, relieves gas and indigestion, increases lactation,
Garlic: pungent, heating, anti-parasitic, immune booster
Ginger: pungent, warming, strong digestive
Mint: sweet and slightly pungent, cooling, boosts digestive fire, curbs cravings, antibacterial, reduces inflammation
Mustard seed: pungent, heating, boosts digestive fire
Nutmeg: pungent, heating, stimulates digestion, binds stool, induces sleep
Oregano: slightly pungent, warming, boosts digestive fire, diuretic, decongestant
Parsley: astringent, pungent, warming, drying, reduces water, digestive aid, alkalizing, aids in weight loss
Rose: sweet, mildly bitter, cooling, soothes inflammation, calms nerves
Rosemary: pungent, heating, reduces gas
Thyme: pungent, heating, reduces mucus, astringent, antibiotic
Turmeric: bitter, heating, digestive, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, anti-fungal
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