As the cold season descends, so too do the seasonal lurgies that accompany it. Be prepared this winter, add some spice to your life and and don’t just survive this season, thrive!
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’re sure to have seen turmeric recipes topping the menu in any self-respecting health food cafe of late. It may be the health ingredient du jour, but the wonder-spice of the natural health industry has actually been used for centuries in eastern medicine to cure ailments. Especially helpful for keeping the winter woes at bay, turmeric has anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-viral agents all of which will help to boost your overall immune system to fight the nasties. Not only that, but this wonder-herb also helps boost enzymes that detoxify the body, so make sure you’re on the turmeric program before party season hits. We’ll drink (a turmeric latte) to that! Take turmeric in pill form, add it to cooking (Indian curries especially), drink it in warm drinks
Another beautiful winter warming spice, ginger is a go-to for stomach upsets and gastrointestinal discomfort (hello excessive party season). It contains anti-inflammatory properties and is amazing at helping to relieve a sore throat once the dreaded winter cold hits, plus it can help clear the airways if you’re feeling chesty too. Incorporate it into your winter health routine to help to kill rhinoviruses that cause colds in the first place.Take ginger in pill form, or drink it in tea especially with honey and lemon.
As pretty as those winter vistas can be, the long cold season with it’s long dark nights, lurgies, and hibernation can take leave us with a case of the winter blues. Pep yourself up with a dose of nutmeg, which for centuries has been used for it’s anti-anxiety properties. Studies have also shown that anxiety and depression are exacerbated by inflammation within the body, and nutmeg as well as other spices like turmeric, contains anti-inflammatory properties that may help with that.Use it in sauces, sprinkle it on your oatmeal, use it in baking.
Just the smell of cinnamon makes us feel warm and cosy, no wonder it’s the winter wonder spice. Cinnamon contains micro-nutrients that can help to lower blood sugar and make you feel more stable over the season of over-indulgence. Cinnamon is also said to lower blood pressure, helping you keep your cool over the holiday period!
So go-ahead and get spicy.