Herbs and Spices for the Holidays

1. Cinnamon-

Cinnamon is a very tasty herb that has many uses. Cookies, cakes, pies, etc. But it is also has herbal properties to help you feel better. It can help with a stomach ache.

It can also be used to make Ornaments.

Cinnamon is actually a bark that is ground to a powder form or sold in a stick form. Cinnamon can reduce gas from the intestinal tract and it can stimulate the bodies other organs.

It can also be used as a pleasant aroma in your home.

2. Cloves-

Cloves are an aromatic herb that has many useful purposes. Cloves has some medicinal purposes as well and it tastes good in certain dishes like spice cake.

Cloves can increase blood circulation and raise a person’s temperature slightly. The oils of the cloves have been known to stimulate and disinfect a body as it travels through the body.

Clove can be used to promote the flow of saliva and gastric juices. If you have stomach pain or gas in the stomach then the use of cloves can help to relieve the stomach pain. You can prepare a cup of clove tea by taking a cup of boiling water and adding a teaspoons of clove powder to it. Then let the water and clove steep for a few minutes before you drink it. Clove tea has been known to relieve nausea and vomiting.

Cloves can also help to relieve the pain of muscle cramps and some nerve conditions.

To deodorize a smelly drawer or closet you can put some cloves in a small container that is open and let it sit in the drawer or closet. Leave the container open and put it in a place that it will not spill. Or you can tie up a handful of cloves in a handkerchief and put it in a closet or drawer. The scent of cloves is pleasant and nice.

Cloves can also be used

3. Nutmeg-

 

Nutmeg is used in cakes and pies.

Nutmeg can stimulate the digestion and to treat infections of the digestive tract. Nutmeg has also been used as an aphrodisiac and as a remedy for eczema and rheumatism.

Nutmeg has been used for centuries to treat gas, indigestion, nausea, vomiting  and other stomach and kidney problems.

4. Ginger-

Ginger has been used for thousands of years in Chinese medicine to treat problems such as vomiting, abdominal bloating, diarrhea, coughing, and rheumatism.

Ginger has other uses including relieving arthritis pain, ulcerative colitis, menstrual discomfort, headaches, fevers from flu and colds, and sore throats.   Gastrointestinal problems including heartburn and gas can also be treated with ginger.

5. Rosemary-

Cooking, and Garnishes.Repelling Mosquito’s, Hair Rinse, and Tonic,Tropical Christmas Tree, Cat Repellent, Memory Assistance, Aromatherapy, and Romantic Fire Bundles & Steam Treatments.

6. Sage-

It is a common condiment for Mediterranean dishes, specifically Italian foods. It is generally used in marinades for meat, fish, pork sausage, lamb and even vegetables like peas, eggplants, lima beans and carrots. It is the perfect seasoning for poultry.

It curbs excessive sweating, treats depression, nervous anxiety and liver disorders and is also a miracle skin cure. It is also used for treating painful jellyfish stings and spider bites. Sage herb is the perfect antiseptic wash for dirty wounds and forms a part of most concoctions that treat persistent and recurrent coughs. The mixture of sage, white vinegar and water forms a good astringent for oily skin.

7. Mint-

Used in cooking, teas, and also to relieve headaches and heartburn.

8. Astragalus-

Astragalus is a plant native to Asia. Astragalus is used in traditional Chinese medicine for night sweats, diarrhea and for energy tonics that are taken daily at certain times of the year. One of the key uses for astragalus is to improve immune function. Astragalus is also used for various heart conditions.

9. Echinacea-

Echinacea works to increase the activity of the immune system. Echinacea can also be used externally to treat skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis. It can also be an ingredient in hemorrhoid treatments or to sooth inset bites. Some people use it to shield their skin from sun damage.

A hot cup of Echineacea tea works wonders if you drink it at the first signs of a cold, sinus issues or even just weather changes.

10. Lavender-

Lavender oil can be used in balms, salves, perfumes and cosmetics. These extracts are also used as fragrances for bath products.

Lavender oil has  antispetic and anti-inflammatory properties.It was used in hospitals during World War I to disinfect floors and walls.

Lavender has also been known to reduce stress. You can make a Sachet, put it in a bath or make bath salts with it.

11. Chamomile-

This herb has plenty of medicinal uses ranging from its well-known use as a sleep inducer to its use as an internal tonic that helps relieve flu, cold, and menstrual symptoms. Chamomile’s most well-known medicinal use is as a relaxer. A cup of chamomile tea is sure to make anyone more relaxed.

Chamomile is also great for menstrual cramps. Drink a cup of chamomile tea to calm your muscles and help you get to sleep when menstruating.

A chamomile steamer can be used to help relieve allergies and asthma. Boil a handful of dried or fresh blossoms for several minutes and then let it cool so you don’t burn yourself. Then, with a towel draped over your head, put your face over the pot and inhale the slight steam coming off of it.

For other great uses for the these herbs and spices hop on over to Keeper of the Home. (This post prompt came from Keeper of the Home)

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