We often struggle with flu or digestion issues at home without realizing that we have beneficial and natural compounds just sitting in our spice rack. So today I’m going over some kitchen spices and their incredible effect on our health!

Himalayan salt

Pink Himalayan salt might be an excellent kitchen spice, but it contains several non-dietary benefits. It’s commonly used to treat respiratory disease. Many people have paid visits to man-made Himalayan salt caves claiming it helps improve skin and respiratory problems by removing air pollution. Some people even invest in salt lamps for the same reason.

Other uses of Himalayan pink salt include bath salts. It’s known to improve the skin and soothe sore muscles. Not to mention the fact that it’s healthier than regular table salt because it contains up to 84 more minerals and elements than table salt!

Turmeric

Turmeric is known for its medicinal benefits. For thousands of years, it’s been used in India and Egypt to treat numerous diseases and problems.

The essential compound in turmeric is curcumin, a yellow bioactive compound best known for its anti-inflammatory effect. It’s almost as strong as anti-inflammatory drugs sold over the counter! It helps your body fight inflammation and bacteria, supporting it with its damage repair. Additionally, curcumin boosts the production of antioxidant enzymes in your body, making it an excellent natural antioxidant as well. The bottom line, turmeric has benefits like preventing heart disease, arthritis, and even cancer. Sounds like a great spice to add to your spice rack.

Ginger

Ginger originates from Asia, specifically China. It’s commonly used as a spice but also doubles as a great natural medicine. It has a long history of being used all over the world as a natural remedy to fight the flu, help with digestion, and reduce nausea.

Much like curcumin, gingerol is the main compound in ginger. It has natural antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, making it a great compound to treat heart disease, muscle pain, and lower blood pressure.

One of the cool things about ginger is that it can help relieve menstrual pain as effectively as ibuprofen or mefenamic acid!

Cumin

In eastern culture, cumin is known for its use in promoting digestion. For example, it helps instantly relieve nausea and the feeling of fullness because of its natural compounds that speed up digestion and keep your gut happy.

Cumin is also an excellent source of iron and helps control blood sugar levels for people who have diabetes.

So next time you feel bloated or in pain, take some cumin seeds for instant relief. It works exceptionally well for the lactose intolerant folks out there!

Cinnamon

Cinnamon is loaded with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory benefits, helping your body fight infection and promote overall health. For people who have diabetes or insulin-related problems, cinnamon helps regulate blood sugar. It can dramatically decrease insulin resistance, which is why many doctors recommend it!

And since it’s the fall season and the weather is getting cooler, cinnamon is known for reducing lung infection, pneumonia, and other infections caused by fungus. Need we give any more reasons to enjoy cinnamon packed pumpkin spice latte?