If you are feeling sick, you might be better off looking in your kitchen cupboards rather than your medicine cabinet. Most of the spices and herbs that we use in cookery have fantastic healing properties. You may not be able to use them straight out the packet, but if you grow them then you can have a constant supply of remedies in your garden! Interested in turning to natural medicine? Here are some of the most common household ingredients and their awesome benefits.
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The Olympians from way back in Ancient Greece used to drink beetroot juice all the time. And there’s no wonder why when you look at its fantastic healing properties. It is very rich in calcium, iron, and vitamins A and C. Especially the green parts of this root vegetables. Most people tend to eat only the purple bulb, but if you cook the greens, then you will be adding an awful lot of fiber and potassium to your diet. Studies have shown that eating beetroot can increase the body’s production of white blood cells. These help to fight off infections. The high levels of antioxidants in beetroots mean that they can also potentially prevent cancers and heart diseases.
Some mushrooms have been linked to lowering the risks of certain cancers. Zhu Ling mushrooms are native to Asia but are regularly exported around the world. They are said to be preventative against cancers and also boost the liver’s health. If you find some in your local grocery store, simply add them to your cooking to reap the benefits. There are some medicinal mushroom extracts that can help fight fatigue. They can protect the liver and the respiratory system as well.
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If you have ever made your own curries, then you have no doubt used plenty of turmeric. It is often used in lots of Indian recipes, but it also has a strong presence in Chinese and Indian medicines. There is a long list of ailments that this wonder spice is said to cure. It’s anti-inflammatory properties help reduce swelling and also reduce pain from any skin wounds. Many people drink turmeric tea to relieve the symptoms of depression. It is also thought to be effective in controlling blood sugar levels and preventing diabetes.
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If you thought turmeric had lots of healing properties, you need to see what garlic can do. There’s so much to mention! It is excellent at stopping any feelings of nausea and sickness, so is often used in remedies for car sickness. Many people also use it to counteract the sickness they often feel after chemotherapy. It can also help fight against osteoporosis, and it can swiftly take away all the painful side effects of this crippling illness. If that wasn’t enough, ginger also contains a chemical that is thought to prevent cancer. The chemical is known as 6-gingerol and is found in raw ginger.
So next time you feel slightly ill, don’t rush to your doctor. Take a peek in your kitchen instead!