Do you know the properties of spices ? Natural concentrates of virtue, since ancient times are known to the ancient healing science of Ayurveda , which uses them for curative power and as a beauty remedy. Rich in antioxidants, the spices give color to our dishes and help us fight premature aging, creating the conditions for a healthy cuisine .
Its orange powder possesses this intense nuance thanks to curcumin, currently at the center of studies since it would be able to counteract degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s.
Do you know the golden milk ? Easy to prepare even at home, it is obtained by mixing turmeric and vegetable milk and can be used as a natural detox cure to be repeated cyclically.
Turmeric, which according to research is more available when taken together with pepper , can also be used for the treatment of the throat. According to Ayurvedic practices, in fact, it is possible to rinse and gargle the oral cavity by adding the tip of a teaspoon of turmeric and salt to half a glass of warm-warm water.
It is an anti-aging medicine and already in ancient Rome it was so much appreciated as to be used as an exchange currency, did you know that?
The splendid pepper trees, widespread in India, Malaysia and Brazil , constitute a tradition that has favored this spice market all over the world. Pepper is a natural disinfectant , has anti-inflammatory and diuretic properties, stimulates digestion: add it to soup or salad.
Alternatively try the pepper in the form of herbal tea in an infusion of herbs and spices: it is valuable in case of diabetes, anemia and helps you fight nausea .
In addition to the common use in the kitchen, you can use the cloves for a scrub pack. Crush the cloves with the mixer and add a few tablespoons of ground coffee, ginger powder and salt up : to tie you can use a spoonful of honey, healing, and milk or yogurt.
Spread the mixture in the shower, on wet skin , with slow circular movements, from the ankles to the neck: attention, it is good to avoid excessive doses and experiment on a portion of hidden skin as it could create discomfort to the most sensitive skin.
Cloves counteract the action of free radicals and give relief to skin infections; they have analgesic power so much that, according to tradition, they are an excellent remedy for treating toothaches and inflamed gums .
Perfumed and wonderfully colored in the sun, saffron is used in many culinary traditions of the Middle East . Do you know that it can help you lose weight and has a detox effect? Saffron counteracts the accumulation of fat, contributing to the regulation of triglycerides and cholesterol in the blood.
From the research, then, it emerges that it is a powerful natural antiage and protects the health of the retina. It can also be used in the form of herbal tea : heat the water and add the stigmas, or saffron powder; to complete you can add a teaspoon of honey , healing and repairer. The intense color will add the beneficial effect … of the color therapy!
Versatile in the kitchen, cumin seeds can be used in sweet and savory recipes . This plant helps the liver work and contributes to the elimination of toxins : use the seeds in the soup and vegetables or to give the salad a special flavor.
Alternatively, it will be a valuable ingredient for a herbal detox : traditional Indian medicine uses this ingredient to purify the body along with spices such as coriander and turmeric , rich in antioxidants.
At first glance it could be confused with turmeric, but this root has a completely different taste and color . Thanks to the molecule called gingerol, present in ginger, the digestion is stimulated , the nausea is reduced and the seasonal ills are fought like fever and cold.
Ginger can help lower the levels of sugar and cholesterol in the blood: studies would show its protective function on the brain compared to the cognitive decline of degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s , as it would inhibit the inflammatory response.
Use it fresh, in fish recipes like ginger salmon to be fried in a pan, or for your herbal teas.
Its antibacterial properties were already known to the embalmers of Ancient Egypt : cinnamon is considered a stimulant for the immune system, it is astringent and antimicrobial. In addition, according to studies, it can help to combat nervous hunger.
Do you know that you can also use it in the scrub ? Prepare a container with cinnamon powder, coffee grounds, a few drops of grapefruit essential oil, then add fresh yogurt and, when you’re in the shower, massage gently on the legs , from the ankles to the thighs.
Attention, avoid excessive doses of cinnamon and experiment first on a portion of skin: remove immediately in case of discomfort.
Today it is also grown in Italy: when it is fresh, its pungent and intense scent illuminates the taste of the dishes , that’s why in Asia coriander is used for the preparation of typical recipes , from vegetables to the famous tom yan kun soup, a very rich broth of spices, aromatic plants and fish.
According to studies, coriander is valuable for human health because it promotes the purification of blood from heavy metals and the excess of mercury, lead, cadmium and aluminum. Protects from the damage of oxidative stress, has a beneficial action for the nervous system and the digestive tract. It has analgesic, antiseptic, antispasmodic power.
The content of capsaicin makes this delicious plant a natural remedy that can stimulate the sense of satiety and wake up the metabolism by curbing the appetite.
If you want to purify your body with a spicy herbal tea you can try a mix of chili and ginger , to which you can add fresh lemon juice, ideal to sip in the morning, able to help the liver work, detoxify and prevent cooling .
The chili helps cardiovascular wellbeing , warms the body and stimulates vasodilation, it is a natural antioxidant with anti-aging effect.
Instead of fried, use the chili with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and fresh garlic, a powerful disinfectant and natural antibiotic that can strengthen the immune system.
Its intense flavor, able to immediately make special dishes such as purees and doughs , has important virtues.
The nutmeg, in fact, has an antibacterial and anti-inflammatory action , so it can be used for a mask of natural beauty in case of boils and inflammation of the skin.
Perfect for the impure epidermis, it can be mixed with a few tablespoons of yogurt and honey for a wrap to be gently massaged on wine and neck. Attention, first it is good to perform a test on a portion of skin: remove immediately in case of itching or burning sensation.