Known it's sweet woody fragrance and the memories of winter, cinnamon is also one of the oldest spices known for it's flavor and medicinal benefits. Cinnamon has been proven to aid in the regulation of blood sugar and helps to reduce LDL (the bad cholesterol) to help improve overall cardiovascular function.
It can also be helpful in:
- infections (due to its anti-infectious compounds)
- reduce pain (especially linked to arthritis)
- balance hormones (Cinnamon contains a natural chemical called cinnamaldehyde, which studies show increases the hormone progesterone and decreases testosterone production in women)
Add it into your morning coffee with some coconut oil or blend it into a rich smoothie with almond milk a hint of vanilla and maple syrup.
This spice really gets the blood flowing and has been a staple in the Asian diet for well over two thousand years. Its medicinal properties are vast and its pungent, spicy flavor makes it the perfect addition to many dishes.
It can be also helpful in:
- Motion Sickness
- Settling an upset stomach
- Immune support
- Decreasing inflammation
Infuse ginger into a cup of green tea or grate it over your favorite salad for an extra kick.
Native to the forests in India, used in Ayurvedic medicine, and infused in many Indian recipes, this peppery spice packs quite the punch!
Can be helpful in:
- Detoxification (increasing elimination through the kidneys)
- Cold & flu support
- Oral health
- Digestion & bloating
Mix it into hot chocolate, drink it in chai tea, or simply chew the pod instead of gum.