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Herbs and Spices That Will Give You a Boost This Winter

By TORI CROWTHER
Herbs and Spices That Will Give You a Boost This Winter

Herbs and spices are often staple ingredients in your kitchen cupboard and widely used in daily cooking, but they have also been used for hundreds of years for medicinal purposes. Adding herbs and spices to your diet in a variety of ways could transform your health. But do consult with your doctor or nutritionist before trying any of the herbs and spices that may affect any pre-existing medical conditions.

Sage

Sage is a savoury herb that's used frequently in cooking, but many people are unaware of its medicinal benefits. It was used by our ancestors for relieving colds and sore throats. It's also believed to help with memory and have antibacterial properties.

Sage is commonly used when cooking meats, sauces, and pasta. However, to add more of the herb to your diet, use in tea; simply add sage leaves to hot water and add lemon and honey to taste.

Lavender

Lavender is an herb that is part of the mint family. It is commonly found in scents, including perfumes and home fragrance. It's known for its calming abilities.

There are many ways you can use lavender for medicinal purposes. Lavender oils can be used in an oil burner or in a bath. If you prefer, lavender salts can also be added to a bath. All methods should help you combat stress or insomnia. The University of Maryland Medical Centre research suggests that lavender may slow activity of nervous system, which promotes relaxation and eases insomnia.

Turmeric

Turmeric is a spice that is part of the ginger family, commonly used in curries. It has a wealth of benefits, notably as an anti-inflammatory.

Aside from using it in your next curry, it can also be made into a tea and other healthy recipes. Turmeric contains the wonder ingredient curcumin, which has anti-inflammatory properties and can help soothe digestion. Like NSAIDs, curcumin acts as a pain reliever and is especially effective in muscle repair.

Rosemary

Rosemary, a part of the mint family, is commonly used in cooking with lamb and in pastas, pizzas and oils. It is effective when consumed in a tea: add half a teaspoon of rosemary needles to hot water, let rest, then strain and add honey and lemon to taste.

Peppermint

Peppermint is a cross between watermint and spearmint and is commonly used as a flavouring for sweets, toothpaste, and chewing gum. Peppermint tea can either be store-bought or made fresh at home. It can also be used as an oil to help aid aches and pains.

Ginger

Ginger root is a herb this is commonly used to add flavouring to many Asian dishes. For nausea relief, serve ginger root in hot tea. If you don't like the spice, try adding ginger to green tea for a more subtle taste. If that isn't your cup of tea, add ginger to a variety of soups.

The academic journal article ‘Efficacy of Ginger For Nausea and Vomiting’ found that after clinical trials, subjects favoured ginger over the placebo and it proved to have a positive effect as an anti-vomiting herbal remedy.

Cinnamon

Cinnamon is a widely used spice in baking. Cinnamon contains a substance called cinnamaldehyde, which, according to Authority Nutrition, has antibacterial properties.

Aside from using it in baked goods, it can be added to hot drinks such as coffee or used in savoury dishes like chili, tagine, or curry to add a bit of sweet spice. Cinnamon can also be effective when used as an essential oil. Cinnamon has also been shown to help regulate blood sugar.

Cayenne

Cayenne pepper is a spice commonly used in hot dishes. As well as using it to season and spice up savoury dishes, as in curries, it can also be made into a nutritional tea with lemon.

Mint

Mint is a very popular herb frequently used in cooking and drinks. Incorporating mint into your diet can be easy; simply add it to smoothies salads and to hot water with lemon to make a morning tea. According to Medical News Today, mint plants are soothing and can be used in a tea to aid an upset stomach and indigestion.

Echinacea

Echinacea is a herb commonly used to aid cold or flu-like symptoms. Echinacea can be bought over the counter at a pharmacy or herb store. It can be taken as a tincture or tablets. n

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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