The everything guide to spices for health

a Complete guide to the natural health-boosting benefits of everyday spices

Michelle Robson-Garth, BHSc

Letter to the Reader

Dear Reader, I hope with this book you see your spice rack in a whole new light
and develop a deeper appreciation for spices and their therapeutic attributes. I
want you to discover the beneficial role spices can have in improving your
health, your diet, and your palate. Spices (and culinary herbs) can have a large
application in your diet, health, and wellness. Some of the spices you may know,
while others might be completely new to you. I hope you enjoy this book.
Best wishes, Michelle Robson-Garth
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The Top 10 Reasons You Should
Add Some Spice to Your Life
1. Spices can help make your skin more beautiful and healthier.
2. Spices can aid your digestive system to help break down and absorb your food.
3. Spices may help you get your appetite back if you are experiencing low hunger levels.
4. Spices can help reduce flatulence and bloating.
5. Spices can help improve the general health of your cardiovascular system.
6. Spices are easily found and can be bought at most grocery stores.
7. You can add spices to your diet to expand your palate.
8. Spices can improve metabolic health and weight loss.
9. Spices can help reduce inflammation and pain in the body.
10. Spices can help you prevent and recover from the common cold and flu.

When you think of spices, you might think of the spice rack hanging on your
kitchen wall, and all the different jars and bottles you’ve used in your cooking.
Spices can do so much more than just flavor your favorite dish. Spices have been
used for medicinal purpose for thousands of years. They play an important role
in healing and health in many cultures.
Because your health is generally thought to be improved by your diet, or the
food you eat, many believe that what you eat can play a role in preventing many
modern health complaints and conditions. What you put into your body can
impact your body’s health. That’s why choosing to add different healing spices
and herbs to your diet can vastly improve your overall health.
In this book, you will not only discover how to use spices to cook exciting
new recipes, but you will also learn the many applications of spices and how
they can impact the health of various body systems, and may help relieve
symptoms of illness. Interest in natural remedies is increasing and with good
reason. According to the National Health Interview Survey released in 2008, 38
percent of U.S. adults over the age of eighteen and about 12 percent of children
have used complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). In CAM, herbs and
spices are used as a part of the diet for medicinal purposes. Nutritional plants
have been a major part of almost every culture in one way or another for years.
In fact, herbal medicines were originally a part of medical pharmacopeias. These
days, the main forms of complementary medicines used are nutritional and
herbal products, as well as massage, acupuncture, naturopathy, and yoga. When
used correctly in the right amounts, and when suited to an individual’s health,
CAM in forms like herbs and spices are very safe and beneficial.
Don’t be afraid to experiment with new spices and flavors, but be sure to do
your research about every new herb or spice you introduce into your diet.
Spices have many uses to help support good health. From helping to reduce
inflammation and pain to supporting digestive health and improving memory,
spices can offer tasty additions to your diet as well as benefits that may extend to
the whole family. In the next few chapters, you’ll explore a variety of herbs and
spices, and learn how the right combinations can help you feel your best.

Table of Contents
Letter to the Reader
Welcome to the Everything Series!
Title Page
Copyright Page
The Top 10 Reasons You Should Add Some Spice to Your Life
Chapter 1: Introduction to the Benefits of Spices
What Are Spices?
A Brief History of Spices and Medicinal Plants
Flavors of the World
Systems of Traditional Medicine
Healing Properties of Spices
Spiritual Aspects of Spices
Spiritual Paths, Traditional Cultures, and the Use of Spices
Chapter 2: Cooking with Spices
Buying, Storage, and Safety
Preparing Spices and Useful Equipment
Cooking with Spices
Spice Mixes
Chapter 3: Spices for a Healthy Immune System
Innate Immunity
Adaptive Immunity
Foods and Tips for a Healthier Immune System
Actions for the Immune System
Spices for the Immune System
Specific Spices for the Immune System
Chapter 4: Spices for Inflammation
What Is Inflammation?
Inflammation and Health Issues
Anti-Inflammatory Foods
Anti-Inflammatory Spices
Chapter 5: Spices for Digestion
The Importance of a Healthy Gut
What Does the Gut Do?
The Immune System in Your Gut
The Mind in Your Gut: “The Second Brain”
Healthy Teeth and Gums
Improving Poor Digestion
Warming Spices
Soothing the Gut
Spices to Soothe the Gut
Keeping Your Liver Healthy
Spices (and Herbs) for a Healthy Liver
Simple Nutritional and Exercise Tips for a Healthy Gut
Caution for Spices in the Gastrointestinal System
Chapter 6: Spices for Brain Health, Better Cognition, and
Brain Health, Better Cognition, and Happiness
How Stress Affects Your Brain Health
Self-Care Routines
Foods for Brain Health and Happier Moods
Spice Actions for Brain and Mental Health
Spices for Brain Health and Better Memory
Spices for Less Stress and Happier Moods
Caution with Certain Spices and Mental Health Issues
Chapter 7: Spices for Musculoskeletal Health
Common Musculoskeletal Problems and Issues
Foods for Musculoskeletal Health and Wellness
Spices for Musculoskeletal Health
Chapter 8: Spices for Beautiful Skin
Skin Disorders
Spice Actions for Beautiful Skin
Foods for Beautiful Skin
Spices for Beautiful, Healthy Skin
Chapter 9: Spices for a Healthy Cardiovascular System
Cardiovascular Issues
Causes of Cardiovascular Disease
Tips for a Healthy Cardiovascular System
Spices for Cardiovascular Health
Chapter 10: Spices for Weight Loss
Obesity and the Modern Lifestyle
Foods and Tips for Fat Loss
Spices for Weight Loss
Chapter 11: Additional Information and Spice Materia Medica
Spice Combinations, Cooking Ideas, and Uses
General Information on Popular Spices
Chapter 12: Recipes
Cinnamon and Banana Smoothie
Poha (Rice Breakfast Dish)
Cardamom Lassi
Spiced Stewed Fruit
Toasted and Spiced Granola
Thyme Garlic and Pepper Mushrooms
Gobi Aloo Subji
Sumac and Walnut Salad
Spinach with Garlic and Chili
Rasam (Spicy Soup)
Tempered Rice
Tomato Gravy
Mung Bean Dahl
Basic Indian-Style Curry with Lamb
Jaya’s Rendang Curry
Immune-Boosting Asian Chicken Soup
Szechuan Pepper Chicken and Noodle Soup
Charakku Curry Powder
Chicken Charakku Curry
Vegetarian Charakku Curry
Chili Oil
Ginger and Garlic Paste
Homemade Vanilla Extract
Barbecue Meat Rub
Chicken or Fish Dry Spice Rub
Fresh Ginger Syrup
General Decoction
Ginger Tea
Fennel and Peppermint Infusion
Udaipur Ginger Chai
Rose Hot Chocolate
Chili Hot Chocolate
Masala Spice Powder
Masala Chai
Turmeric, Apple, and Carrot Juice
Rose, Elder Flower, and Hawthorn Tea
Golden Milk
Easy Ginger “Beer” or Ale
Chrysanthemum and Goji Berry Tea
Rose and Hawthorn Jellies
Candied Ginger
Spiced Coconut and Date “Bliss” Balls
Persian Love Cake
Rice Pudding
Black Pepper–Infused Oil
Warming Black Pepper and Cinnamon Salve
Geraldine’s Winter Syrup and Cordial
Honey and Onion Cough Syrup
Thyme-Infused Honey
Licorice and Cucumber Face Scrub
Namak (Salt) and Adrak (Ginger)
Sage and Mint Mouthwash
Rosemary Tonic Hair Rinse
Rose and Almond Body Oil
Appendix A: Glossary
Herbal Actions Used in Western Herbal Medicine
Appendix B: Further Reading and Bibliography
Studies on Spices and Supporting Information
Appendix C: Table of Spices

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