Herbs & Spices are not only great in Breads, Soups, Sauces, Salads, Stews and Casseroles! They have lots more uses for medicine:-
These are but a few.
Anise is very useful for breaking up mucous and is used for hard dry coughs where expectoration is difficult. Add one cup of boiling water to three teaspoons crushed anise seeds, steep for 20 minutes.
Basil is good to use as a tea for indigestion, fever, colds, flu, bladder troubles, headaches, nausea, vomiting and constipation. Add one ounce of Basil leaves to a pint of water and simmer for 20 minutes with three peppercorns.
Bay Leaves are too strong to use in large amounts internally, but can be added to soups and stews to improve flavour and prevent gas and indigestion. Bay oil, made by heating bay leaves with Olive Oil, can be used to treat arthritic aches and pains.
Caraway is an excellent digestive aid. It can be taken for indigestion, gas and colic. Let an ounce of crushed seeds soak overnight in 2 cups of water. Take in two tablespoon doses until relief is obtained.
Cardamom is good for diarrhoea, colic and headaches. It is an important ingredient in Chai Tea. Simmer for ten minutes, in 2 cups of water, 1 ounce grated fresh ginger, 7 whole peppercorns, 1 cinnamon stick. 5 cloves & 15 cardamom seeds. Add half a cup of almond milk or coconut milk and simmer for 10 additional minutes. Add a sprinkle of nutmeg, a drop or two vanilla extract and stevia.
Cinnamon is used medicinally to treat chronic diarrhoea, cramps, abdominal pains and lower back pain. Simmered in almond milk or coconut milk, cinnamon is very effective for indigestion, gas, and diarrhoea.
Cloves are effective in warming the body, increasing circulation, improving digestion and treating flatulence, vomiting and nausea. Whole cloves may be chewed to relieve toothache.
Cumin is one of the best spices to use to prevent and relieve gas. It is of benefit to women after childbirth to shrink the uterus and increase breast milk. To make a tea use one teaspoon crushed seeds to one cup boiled water.
Garlic is well known cure- all home remedy. It is used in the treatment for high or low blood pressure, headaches, infections and anxiety. For high blood pressure eat one clove of garlic a day.
Ginger is of great benefit to the stomach, intestine and circulation. Ginger tea is an excellent treatment for colds and flu. Simmer for ten minutes two cups of water with one ounce fresh grated ginger.
Rosemary contains compounds that are useful for stimulating the immune system, increasing circulation and improving digestion. Rosemary tea is great at treating and relieving headaches. Steep covered, half an ounce of Rosemary with two cups of boiling water.
Stevia is a herb that is anywhere from 10 to 300 times sweeter than sugar. It has a long history of use in South America in the treatment of diabetes and reducing blood glucose levels. The extract can be used in cooking and baking and as a sweetener for herbal extracts and teas.
Thyme is used for bronchial problems, whopping cough and laryngitis. An ounce of the herb is steeped in two cups water then strained and sweetened. One ounce is an adequate daily dose. It can be used as a mouthwash as well.
Turmeric is a blood purifier and can be applied externally to heal wounds. It is very beneficial to circulation and helps regulate the menstrual cycle and alleviate menstrual cramps. Add a teaspoon of turmeric, along with a teaspoon of almond oil to a cup of warm almond milk.
Resources: The Way of Herbs and Healing Spices
My personal Herbal Tea choice a remedy for a nasty cold, cough, feeling low, headache and lacking in energy.
Make a small pot of tea using 4 x 4cm lengths of Rosemary, one clove of Garlic peeled and cut in half, 2cm of Ginger peeled & grated, juice of half a lime and lime zest and 1 dozen or cloves. Combine and add 2 cups hot water & steep for 15 minutes only, strain and drink. Have this tea once a day only till you feel better.
Another favourite, make a delicious Turmeric Medicine Tea a bit like Chai Tea. 1 cup of light coconut milk, half teaspoon of Turmeric and Cinnamon and 1/8 teaspoon Nutmeg and dash of Cayenne Pepper and Raw Honey to taste. Put coconut milk and all spices and honey into a saucepan and heat gently and pour into a delicate cup
Let me leave you with this thought
“Every time you eat or drink, you are either feeding disease or fighting it”