Having a holistic kitchen stocked with the best herbs and spices is not only going to help your cooking but using these healing plants in your delicious dishes will maximize one of my favorite concepts known as preventative medicine.
I would rather prevent a disease or problem than wish I did! That is why I have gathered a list of some incredible herbalist recommended spices that I suggest you add to your kitchen and make a part of your daily life.
Adding parsley to your dish or smoothie is like taking nature’s multivitamin. It is rich in iron, chlorophyll, beta-carotene as well as many other minerals and vitamins. It is often used to help heal fatigue, anemia and iron deficiency. It also aids in kidney and bladder issues because it is a safe and natural diuretic. Just be aware that if you are a nursing mother and not interested in drying up your milk supply, you may want to wait on adding this gem into your life until you have finished nursing.
Mint is incredible to help with nausea, cramps, and muscle spasm. It is often used as an essential oil and contains vitamin C, chlorophyll, and beta-carotene. I love pairing mint with ginger to aid in digestion.
Gas, hiccups or digestive issues — dill helps it all. Its natural antispasmodic powers will calm and soothe your system. It has even shown to be effective in calming a colicky infant.
Clove is an incredible healer that is known for its antiseptic and antifungal properties. This is why it is often used as a remedy for mouth infections and toothaches!
Cardamom is in the same family as both ginger and turmeric. Its natural ability to arouse the senses and stimulate the mind makes it useful for increasing in awareness and practicing mindfulness meditation. It has also been used as a digestive aid in ancient and modern Ayurvedic medicine.
If you are feeling nervous, anxious, irritable, tense, or are suffering from insomnia that either of these spices may just do the trick. They are both powerful calming herbs that are also natural disinfectants and antiseptic herbs that can help fight harmful bacteria and viral infections.
7. Black pepper
Black pepper naturally warming and energizing properties make it the reasonable choice for traditional Chinese medicine when it comes to fighting colds, coughs, the flu, poor digestion and poor circulation.
This hot and bitter spice may be a bit hard to get used to at first, but you will soon come to appreciate it for being rich with iron, calcium, minerals, and magnesium. It is also used to help with reproduction and acts as a sexual stimulant.
This should be everyone’s go-to herb for lung and sinus problems! This plant is rich is many minerals such as silica, and vitamins such as vitamin C. It is great at helping your body treat head colds, sinus congestion, lung infections, catarrh, and even asthma because of its powerful antiseptic and disinfectant properties.
If you were to start with just these nine medicinal herbs you would be well equipped to help yourself and your family tackle a huge variety of common conditions that may come your way. Out of these nine different healing spices with all of their wonderful healing properties, which one was your favorite? Which one has helped you out the most? We would love to hear all about it in the comments below!
Sources: Rosemary Gladstar’s Medicinal Herbs 2012, pg. 99