Monday, January 16, 2012
As I add spices to my cooking and baking, I love to think of each one's unique properties that are beneficial to our bodies. Nature has given us some amazing herbs and spices, I get so excited about this type of information!
I found a chart in Dr Joshi's "holistic detox" book and a similar guide in Leo Galland's "Power Healing" book and thought I would share:
cinnamon- has anti- fungal activity.
nutmeg- helps to relieve stress.
cloves- control gum and tooth infections, is anti-nausea, combats colds, strengthens nerves and improves the circulation.
garlic- has anti-cancer, anti-flatulent and anti-bacterial/parasitic properties.
tumeric (major spice in curry)- is a natural antibiotic that relieves intestinal gas by lowering the numbers of gas forming bacteria. Also had antifungal activity. Used traditionally to relieve inflammation.
sage/rosemary- both contain the essential oil eucalyptol, which kills candida albicans, bacteria, and worms.
oregano- contains over 30 biologically active ingredients, 12 of those have anti-biotic, anti-viral, anti-parasitic or anti-fungal effects.
thyme- anti parasitic activity.
The effective doses are more of the spice then you may normally consume.
For instance, three cloves of garlic a day. 1/4- 1/2 teaspoon/ day of ground spice.
It is also noted that heating them for more than 20 minutes at 200* F will destroy the antibacterial activity of most of these spices. Add at the end of cooking, right before eating.
During my last visit to Mom's house she was suffering with a sore tooth and waiting to get in to see the dentist, so I shared the information about cloves. She took the advice and started to bite down on a whole clove(without crushing it) and it worked!