Years ago, I thought of spices as flavorings and rarely used them. But today, I see them as part of the plant kingdom God has gifted us with to promote healing in our bodies. I now use them every chance I get. Here are the top five spices and their benefits that you can use as medicine. After all, Hippocrates, the father of medicine said in 440 BC, “Let food be thy medicine and let thy medicine be food.” All of these are found in almost everyone’s kitchen.
The five spices with the most medicinal benefits are:
Turmeric – This well-known spice is widely used in India. Just google “turmeric” and you’ll find literally thousands of research articles about its ability to lower inflammation, fight pain, and reduce your risk for cancer. One of my doctors recommended turmeric supplements to me years ago when my back went out. This is one I’d rather take in supplement form because I personally don’t like the taste.
Garlic – This strong-smelling bulb has an aroma that my taste buds love in foods. If a recipe says to add two cloves of garlic, I add four cloves! And why not? This tasty spice boosts your immune system, helps lower cholesterol, has antibiotic properties, helps prevent cancer, and may lower blood pressure. Just watch your breath. We don’t want to lose any friends.
Cinnamon – I love the taste of this spice and I tend to double whatever the recipe says. It’s great for lowering blood sugar and reducing triglycerides and blood cholesterol. I also use it in an essential oil form in my daily tonic each morning.
Ginger – This plant has been used for thousands of years to treat upset stomach, diarrhea, nausea, and motion sickness. It also may slow down the growth of some cancers, lower blood sugar, and lower cholesterol. I also use this in essential oil form in my tonic each morning to lower my LDL cholesterol.
Cayenne Pepper – This spice comes from the red pepper plant. According to the Cleveland Clinic, it’s known to reduce pain, increase blood flow, relieve congestion, prevent ulcers, improve digestion, and lower inflammation while keeping blood vessels healthy.
All spices are gifts from God to use—not just for flavoring, but also for enhancing our health. I now have a spice and herb pantry stocked with organic ingredients. These are five spices you’ll always want to have in your kitchen. You can use them for flavoring and to promote healing in your body.
What spices do you like to use for flavoring and for your health?
For Your Health,
Ginny Dent Brant is a speaker and writer who grew up in the halls of power in Washington, DC. She has battled cancer, ministered around the world, and served on the front lines of American culture as a counselor, educator, wellness advocate, and adjunct professor. Brant’s award-winning book, Finding True Freedom: From the White House to the World, was endorsed by Chuck Colson and featured in many TV and media interviews. Unleash Your God-Given Healing: Eight Steps to Prevent and Survive Cancer was released in May 2020 after her journey with cancer and was recently awarded the First Place Golden Scrolls Award for Memoirs, and Second Place in both Selah Awards for Memoirs and Director’s Choice Award for Nonfiction at the Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writer’s Conference. It recently received the Christian Authors Network’s (CAN) Gold Award for Excellence in Marketing for reaching 62.5 million people with a message of cancer prevention and survival. It was written with commentary from an oncologist and was featured on CBN’s Healthy Living Show, Atlanta Live, and CTN’s Homekeepers along with over 75 media outlets. Learn more and cancer and wellness prevention blog and book information at www.ginnybrant.com.