We all know and have experienced discomfort in our bellies, constipations or diarrheas aren’t unknown, if you’ve walked the Earth for just a few years. But not all of us are familiar with the fact, that adding herbs and spices to our food not only enriches the taste and aromas, but also greatly improves digestion. Spices and herbs have great healing properties. But it’s important to know which ones will help, and which won’t. Herbs and spices have been utilized in the kitchen for thousands of years. Most of them are quite well known, people are accustomed to adding them to food on daily basis. Such of them include salts, peppers, basil, dill, etc. We are not talking here about garlic or onion powder – those are vegetables, they are also very good for you.
We have also looked into adding spices to your coffee (or coffee flavored drinks), which makes negative effects of caffeine reside and actually helps make coffee good for you by adding certain spices. Here we will simply look into several most popular herbs & spices to see how can they help our everyday life (pertaining, in most cases, our digestion and its functions). You must agree: there’s no life with sick stomach.. Read on to see how spices can help change that for you!
Dill: Calcium, Essential Oils, Vitamins
Dill is a spice greatly overlooked in the USA.. In Europe on the other hand, dill is very very popular. While cooking, people use both dill seeds and leaves. This herb is an amazing additive to your soups, brines, salads, and even great as for festive food decorations. Dill contains a great number of minerals, vitamin C, and flavonoids. It’s really amazing that 1 tablespoon of dill contains more calcium than a half glass of regular milk. Oh yeah, just try to get your kids to eat it instead of milk… =) Dill is a great help for your digestive tract. It has a bunch of essential oils, which help kickstart spleen secretion, decreases meteorism.
Basil: antibacterial, tonic, appetizer
Basil is widely spread as food spice in the Western European cooking. It’s the main ingredient in Pesto. Basil’s flavonoids have great antibacterial qualities, they work on cell level protecting your body against intruders. Besides, it’s known to improve digestion thanks to its tonic and spasmolytic properties. It’s also very useful for triggering the appetite.
Cardamom: heartburn, calm energy
Cardamon seeds are ground up or added as it to the food for spice effects. In china, it’s customary to add cardamon to the tea, and we’ve also explored adding cardamon to coffee. Hot or chilled, it gets you chilled, it greatly helps digestion, it improves chronic heartburn situations and flatulent meteorism (wind). It also helps with the colics and reduces headaches.
Rosemary: relaxant, antiseptic, flu
Rosemary is mostly used in Mediterranean, Greek, Italian, French cooking kitchens. It’s an amazing help for marinades, dishes made of fish, potatoes and mushrooms. It works wonders together with other spices (and vegetables), such as oregano, cilantro, garlic. This herb has great antiseptic qualities. It’s of a great help to improve digestion, relaxing during nervous stress. It helps your memory and brain function. It’s also useful when treating chronic headaches, as well as angina and flu.
Anise: digestion, good colic remedy
This spice is very popular in the East. It’s customary to add it to the homemade sourdough to make pies, bread and cookies. But anise is much more than just baking. It opens up amazing flavors in your daily mundane soups and dishes made with meat, try it out! Besides, it’s well known to help digestive system, make it healthier, as well as a great remedy during colic attacks.
Bay Leaf: diabetes, migraines, joints
Bay Leaf is one of the most popular spices in Mediterranean and French classic kitchens. It is very good for your digestion. Besides, it helps with joint pains and skin diseases. It is also one of the major components in homemade diabetes treatment. However, it also helps one get rid of chronic migraines. According to study first published in Clinical Biochemistry and Nutrition journal, bay leaves show significant improvement in the insulin function in people suffering from type 2 diabetes. We are looking into digestive qualities of spices, but if you’re interested – read more on this in the Natural Society blog.
Coriander (kinza): nausea, acidity
Coriander is also called “kinza” in eastern culture. It is used as ground up or naturally as seeds. It’s a great spice to add to your soup, mushroom dishes, or seafood platters. Coriander is a great homemade help for digestive problems, including stomach caused nausea, upset stomach, loss of appetite, hernia, , diarrhea, bowel spasms, and intestinal gas. Read more on digestive qualities of coriander. Also it’s worthy to mention that coriander helps reduce stomach acid and improves appetite.
Oregano: digestion, antioxidants, cancer
It’s true, oregano is very popular all over the world, starting probably in Mediterranean area, Italy and Greece. Its dry or fresh leaves and flowers have found their way into food cooking a long long time ago. Oregano is a customary addition to salads, mushroom dishes, goulash, cooked seafood, pizza (omg, so good), spaghetti and other macaroni dishes. It goes great with food based on eggs, vegetables, good with cottage cheeses. This herb is full of antioxidants, we talked a lot about their tremendous health benefits in Matcha Benefits article. Besides, it has great antifungal and antibacterial properties, along with great help with anti-inflammatory and upper-respiratory infections. It’s also being studied on possible help with cancer.
Ginger: antibacterial, stroke, diabetes
Ginger comes from East and Asia, it’s very popular there. Chinese medicine has been using ginger for thousands of years to help improve digestive processes, relieve nausea, help with chronic upset stomach. Ginger won’t hurt you, eat it as much as you can. It’s very good for you. Besides, it has been known to help or improve situation of people suffering stroke & heart disease, diabetes, cancer, malabsorption, ulcers, and many other applications.
Conclusion: Herbs & Spices Improve Digestion
There are a lot of spices that help our overall health and state of mind. These 9 herbs and spices that we’ve discussed here, they are much much more than we’ve been able to say. Each of these spices deserves its own article, and we’ll get there eventually. For now we just hope this could be a stepping stone for you, our readers, to go on further and find that natural remedy for your current ailment. Even better if you’re reading this to widen your alternative medicine knowledge. It’s always good to know that ginger helps nausea or that oregano is full of antioxidants. It’s just basic human-living stuff.. Everyone should know it!