Kitchen medicine is a scoop or pinch away! Learn how powerfully medicinal many of the herbs and spices we have in our kitchen are, just so long as you know how to use them. The key is to buy only organic herbs and spices as those commercially grown are sprayed with bee and butterfly killing pesticides.
BASIL – Use fresh or dried leaves to soothe digestion, stomach cramps, and constipation and to ease headaches and depression. Basil Tea will help the lungs when there is catarrh.
CAYENNE – Great for removing phlegm from your system by adding a pinch to any herbal tea when you are suffering a cold. Benefits digestion and wards off illness like flu and colds. Mix Cayenne pepper with vinegar and rub the liniment into arthritic joints. If you cut yourself with a knife in the kitchen, reach for the powdered Cayenne. It aids in clotting and stops bleeding.
CINNAMON – Add it to teas, applesauce, and oatmeal to help break up a cold, a fever, or ease rheumatic complaints. Taken over time, cinnamon capsules have been shown to help lower bad cholesterol levels. Cinnamon Tea is a great remedy for diarrhea.
FENNEL SEEDS – Used to dispel gas, bring on breast milk, and help digestion. Cramps and colic can be eased by Fennel Tea and expel phlegm and catarrh. Oil of Fennel can be rubbed on painful arthritic limbs. Taken with honey it’s a natural cough remedy.
GARLIC – Benefits fevers and poor digestion, and it helps the liver and gallbladder. It also helps clear plaque from the arteries and balances or lowers blood pressure. For antibiotic and antiviral effects it’s best taken raw. Soak garlic in local raw honey, and when you need a cough or sore throat remedy, blend honey with fresh lemon juice or organic apple cider vinegar, and sip.
HORSERADISH – It’s got a kick, good for healing sinus infections and head colds. Can be mixed into tomato juice with lemon, garlic, and cayenne to make a fabulous cold cure. You can also eat it with red meats to counteract toxins.
OREGANO – Can be chewed or added to foods to improve digestion; it will also help clear phlegm from the lungs and digestive. Oregano is a strong antioxidant, which may reduce bad cholesterol as Thyme does too, so combine them. Oregano is antiviral and anti-inflammatory and may even have cancer-preventing properties. Used for urinary conditions, painful menstruation, coughing, asthma, and arthritis. Oregano Tea can also be used as a gargle for mouth irritations.
PEPPERMINT – As a tea is a nice digestive aid that also helps lower body temperature when there is a fever. Taken with honey and fresh lemon peel, can soothe a sore throat, heat exhaustion, ease insomnia, stop nervous vomiting, lessens headaches.
SAGE – Makes a wonderful tea that is drying to the body; it can dry up breast milk, mucus conditions such as bronchitis. Can help dry excessive perspiration and night sweats. Nervous conditions, menstrual problems, depression, vertigo, diarrhea. Upset stomachs may be eased by Sage Tea. Makes a nice gargle for sore throats, and as a wash for insect bites and rashes.
TURMERIC – Popular now. Whether eaten or made into a tea, it’s beneficial to the liver, helps digestion, and can ease arthritis and rheumatism. It is an immune booster that has been recommended in anti-cancer strategies. Benefits hypertension can help lower blood sugar levels. Mixed into warm milk, it is a classic remedy for joint and muscle pain.