Herbs and Spices can be extremely powerful, and serve to purify and cleanse the body. Killing off bacteria and foreign matter that maybe lurking inside the body.
The truth is we have evolved as a species to eat a wide variety of herbs, spices and foods which have natural anti-viral properties. Sadly due to modern processed food and delicate tastes many of these have now been forgotten…..
In years gone by we cooked with these substances not only to add flavour but for their health benefits, things like Garlic, Fennel, Ginger, Cinnamon, Pepper and many others have a potent effect on our wellbeing.
I am going to go into some detail about how some of these substances can have a profound effect on your body and hopefully encourage you to use a wide variety of them while cooking and eating at home. These are some of my favourite and ones which can be easily implemented into your everyday cooking.
Thyme - In previous articles we have looked over thyme as it is an extremely useful herb. It contains Thymol which is an extremely potent anti-bacterial, so potent that it is used in many mouthwashes as a main component. The article linked has loads more information on Thyme and its uses when cooking, recently I have been using fresh thyme to make a herbal tea by simply steeping a few branches on Thyme and sweetening with honey.
Garlic – Well known for its anti-bacterial properties Garlic can slow and kill more than 60 types of fungi and bacteria, including some of the most potent known to man (Salmonella, and Staphylococcus to name a few). It is no wonder it is known to be “nature’s anti-biotic”, Garlic is also filled with anti-oxidants. It can be added to pretty much anything when it comes to cooking and works especially well with red meat and poultry. I often make a chicken marinade with Olive Oil, Crushed Garlic, Lemon Juice and Sea Salt/Pepper, leave it to soak overnight and cook the next day.
Ginger - Which contains a substance called Gingerol which works to kill parasites and bacteria. Ginger can be steeped as a tea or used in a wide variety of asian dishes like curries and stir-frys. For a simple Ginger tea try the following:
- Cut the Ginger into thin slices
- Add to a saucepan filled with water and bring to the boil
- Reduce to simmer for 20-30 minutes
- Strain the tea and add Lemon juice and Honey to taste
Although the lemon honey and ginger tea is associated with cold weather, it can be drunk year round and works to cool and cleanse in the summer or warm and uplift in winter.
Cayenne - Capsicum which is a component in all peppers is another potent anti-parasitic. It seems that Cayenne pepper maybe the most concentrated of the family plus it is easy to get hold of and a great spice to add to all kinds of dishes that need a little kick.
Cloves - Sometimes forgotten as they are associated with the festive season, so are rarely used outside of this period. Cloves contain two anti-microbrials Eugenol and Caryophyllene which work to kill off parasites in the body, they actually travel through the bloodstream to the offenders. Although cloves are usually used in sweet dishes they can also be added to Chilli or other more savoury stew like dishes. I love adding a few cloves to homemade applesauce, which adds a very pleasant and warming flavour.
There are many many other herbs and spices which can help to cleanse the body, I have just gone over some of the standouts. It is important when cooking at home to try and emphasize the use of these foods as they can have hugely beneficial properties and realistically be the difference between good and great health.
Especially when we take into account that supposedly 90% of Americans have some sort of parasites which do a great job of remaining undetected in the body. The least we can do is use a variety of natures cleaners on a regular basis to help purify the body….
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