July 10, 2006

Food as Medicine -4: Herbs & Spices

Using the following herbs or spices, either in your cooking or by making teas, will help with various ailments:

Stomach trouble? Heartburn, gas, indigestion? Caraway, cardamom, cayenne, ginger, peppermint, and thyme help relax stomach muscles, which helps food move through your digestive system. Less heartburn, better digestion, less bloating (i.e., gas). Peppermint tea will soothe nausea, as well.

Sore throat? Drink hot tea made of a combination of sage and thyme. This is also good for your gums, or any kind of mouth infections. Sage tea is also supposed to help menopausal symptoms.

Heart disease? Both ginger and garlic fight heart disease. While many drink ginger tea, garlic is usually dispensed through food or the cloves are swallowed like pills.

For more information, please refer to the sites shown below.

Sources: arthritispaintreatments.com, naturalherbguide.com, holisticonline.com.

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