Did you know you’ve got powerful healers right in your kitchen?
Today I want to talk about one of my favorite subjects – herbal healing! This is the time of year when my mind drifts to wildcrafting ‘weeds’ that heal, and I bask in the appreciation of all that Mother Nature has to offer us!
Yesterday, for example, I was visiting a friend in another part of Colorado. We walked in a gorgeous canyon near Aspen as she shared her dilemma of dealing with seasonal allergies … what a pleasure to be able to tell her about Magnificent Mullein – a ‘weed’ with a bad rap, growing all around her and THE herbal allie for seasonal allergies!
I’ll save mullein for another day, but today, let’s make life really simple and consider a few common kitchen herbs, and how you might use them for your health and healing …
5 Kitchen Herbs That Heal
How often do you use Turmeric? As a seasoning, I almost never consider this yellow, easy-to-stain powder. But as an herbal allie? I like a little daily! Turmeric is a powerful anit-inflammatory, anti-cancer and antioxidant. It’s also loaded with vitamins A, C & E. This herb should be your daily ally, no matter your state of health, but especially if you’re dealing with the following: smoking/former smoker, rheumatoid arthritis, a family history of cancers, carpel-tunnel.
A beloved seasoning of Ayurvedic practitioners, cinnamon is warming and invigorating to the digestive system. A little in your morning coffee or sprinkled atop your breakfast will kick-start your gut for those with sluggish digestion. But it gets a whole lot better than this! Thanks to a natural compound that is bad bacteria’s worst nightmare, cinnamon is wonderful for preventing yucky stuff like e coli, salmonela, staph and Asian flu.
The old women of Vietnam use dried ginger to sooth soar throats. Wise women know this as a great way to bring on late menses. And as a tummy soother, ginger takes top marks! It’ll ease gas pains, reduce vomiting and even stop motion sickness! Try a cuppa ginger tea next time nausea knocks on your door.
Mmmmm … fragrant, pungent and pleasing to most peeps. Oregano is a staple in most kitchens. Use it generously the next time you need an earth-friendly (& body friendly!) anti-septic. Oh, and it can lower blood pressure too.
This is another herb I rarely use in cooking but am always sure to keep around. Fenugreek seeds help lower blood sugar levels, can be used to treat diabetes, and even lower bad cholesterol. It can purify your blood, flushing out harmful toxins, and the seeds & leaves are even good for increasing a mama’s breast milk!
What are your favorite healing kitchen herbs? How and when do you use them? Share your wisdom with us in the comments below!