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Spice Up Your Life

I think that any cuisine would be pretty bland without spices. I moreover like to grow different plants at home and experimenting with different tastes. Plus, my first musical inspiration just might be Spice Girls – if that has any other correlation with the name; and moreover the fact that I like to dance while preparing meals.

If you’re not good at cooking at all, you’re certainly able to make freshly brewed tea. Which should not be underestimated under any condition either.

Here are a few herbs and their health benefits.

Cumin is a widely spread spice used in baby teas in combination with fennel and chamomile. It also helps young mothers produce milk for breastfeeding. You can alternatively use cumin vapors for curing ear inflammation as well as for treating tummy aches. Also being beneficial for digestion, it is a good addition to bean or cabbage soups or even sweet pastries. Cumin is gathered in the months of July and August, while its root should be dug out in April.

Hand in hand with cumin is sweet fennel. It is known to omit hiccups as well as it soothingly effects coughing. If you or your child is experiencing pain in your ears, place a warm cloth drenched in fennel tea over the ear. It helps reduce bloating and also positively affects breastfeeding mothers as well as serves as a natural remedy for parents who wish for more children. Fennel seeds should be gathered in the months of August and September.

Chamomile is a well-known herb but it actually has more uses that might not be so commonly known. Lightly steeped chamomile flowers help with tummy aches, while its buds are beneficial when a child is teething. Also, drink chamomile tea to help treat urinary tract infections since its soothing consistency helps ease burns and inflammation. As well as you can use it to lighten your hair tone with a dense extractor in place of a natural dye color for textile. Both flowers and leaves can be gathered anytime between June and September.

Another must in our household is rosehip. It’s one of the rare teas that our child immensely enjoys drinking, and there are so many beneficial properties that rosehip boasts that I gladly brew a cup every day. Rosehip contains a greater amount of Vitamin C than found in lemons. It strengthens bone density and the immune system, preventing you from sniffles and colds. It is also known to dissolve urinary stones and in turn for all its goodness paint your cheeks healthy-reddish. You could as well use it as a dye to clothes and other textiles. Rosehip flowers are gathered in June and July, while buds in October and November, right after the first frost.

Peppermint is widely used but its properties might not be as widely known to all. It stabilizes one’s heartbeat and is an excellent thirst quencher when you’re hot to the point that you’re experiencing vertigo. It is a soothing remedy for the times when you have a headache or bloated tummy. Keep in mind, however, not to drink it when having a dry throat. Instead of actually being an aid to your sore throat, it might make it worse. But avoid having it in the evenings if you wish a calmer sleep. Likewise, peppermint is known to freshen the breath. it is also one of the most common ingredients in toothpaste as it helps clear the throat.

These are all easy to grow and gather. Prepare these at home and heal yourselves of your sores. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

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