Spice Up Your Health posted on June 28, 2010 Share this Post Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on Google Plus Instead of table salt, use sea salt. Mix your own herb blend of oregano, thyme, rosemary, parsley and garlic to bring out the natural flavors in a meal. Use fresh garlic for maximum benefit. It helps to lower blood pressure and cholesterol. Stay with raw and cooked garlic. Eat rosemary. Rosemary’s potential cancer prevention property is outstanding because it helps to enhance selenium uptake in the body. Use basil, oregano and rosemary together. This combination has been found to help fight colds. Thyme is very helpful in treating chronic coughs. Got back pain? Eat curry. Eat more curry to help fight cancer. Add the “warming spices” to your diet to help lower your blood pressure. These include ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice, pepper, cayenne pepper. These can make a person feel warm because they bring blood from the center of the body to the skin. This disperses blood throughout the body more evenly, which may decrease blood pressure. Use ginger to soothe a tummy-ache. Ginger is one of the oldest, most fundamental way to settle a stomach. The active-component in ginger, called gingerols, have a very relaxing, soothing effect to the intestinal tract. The key is to eat real ginger and not things flavored artificially like many ginger-ales.Peppermint also has similar effect but be careful because it can be a bit strong. Another one is chamomile. Chamomile has a relaxing and calming effect to digestive issues. But the gingerols in ginger are just great! Reduce the sugar by adding spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg. For example, just by adding cinnamon to unsweetened apple sauce, your body will feel as if it’s been ‘sweetened.’ Copyright(c) 2006 Ask the Pharmacist Group. All rights reserved.