When using spices to add flavor and aroma to your food, remember that many of them have therapeutic properties. In winter time, this is what you can use to keep yourself healthy and get rid of that nasty cold sensation:
- Paprika. Do you love spicy food? Then use it as much as possible: chili & paprika helps burn fat, lowers cholesterol, improves digestion and speeds up your metabolism.
- Horseradish. Most often served in combination with a beetroot salad, horseradish has antiseptic and antibiotic properties. It will boost your immunity and improve circulation.
- Cinnamon. Put into the red wine, cakes and salads this spice is a powerful antioxidant which regulates your cholesterol, blood sugar and reduce the risk of diabetes. Moreover, cinnamon has anti-microbial properties. If used in aromatherapy, decreases your appetite for sweets, increasing your concentration and memory power.
- Ginger. Used regularly, ginger is an excellent remedy against gastric hyperacidity, with antiseptic digestive effects and it stimulates your peripheral circulation. It is one of the plants used for thousands of years against nausea and the vomiting sensation. It has antiviral properties, being a good antioxidant, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory remedy.
If you have a cold or flu use the cinnamon at once. For best results, mix cinnamon and ginger and make a flavored tea – it is particularly effective against respiratory diseases.