The Pharmacy that is Your Kitchen

by Wendy on November 6, 2014

Most people don’t realize it, but many of our homes have an abundance of health-promoting items inside their own kitchen. The spice rack and refrigerator just might contain more helpful items than a first aid kit or medicine cabinet.

Food and spices have been valued by cultures around the world for their potent healing properties. In fact, many of the most widely used culinary herbs double as medicinal remedies. Historians believe that one of the reasons kitchen spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg, parsley, and sage have endured in popularity is because they were once known to have valuable healing properties in addition to their use in the kitchen.

What’s in a spice?

Ginger is a spice that comes from a root. It has been used for centuries in China for cooking and for medicine, ginger is said to help with digestion; it is often included in teas meant to soothe indigestion. Chewing ginger candy can also relieve motion sickness. Parsley is another herb known to relieve indigestion.

There is some evidence that celery salt helps relieve pain. Just sprinkle a little bit of this humble seasoning into your favorite soup or salad. Garlic is sometimes called a “super food” because of its many uses and nutritional benefits. It is a natural antibiotic. Many people take it to give their immune system a boost during cold and flu season.

Your Refrigerator is a Medicine Cabinet

Once you understand some of the basic health benefits that common food items have, it becomes easier to make informed choices about what you eat each day.

The produce drawer in your refrigerator probably contains a couple onions, tomatoes, some mushrooms, and fruit. The same drawer also contains antibiotics, immune boosters, vitamin supplements, memory boosters, and pain killers!

Onions are pungent bulbs packed full of fiber and vitamins. They are a valued cooking ingredient because of their ability to lend an aromatic element to soup, stir fry, and casserole dishes. Additionally, onions also contain allicin, a naturally occurring antibiotic. Allicin helps protect the body’s circulatory system.

Even though they are referred to as vegetables for culinary purposes, technically speaking tomatoes are fruit. Large and small, sweet or acidic, all tomatoes contain lycopene, a nutrient that has been linked to the prevention of prostate cancer.

While some people dislike the texture and flavor of mushrooms, the many varieties of mushrooms means that there are many different ways to enjoy them. Mushrooms bring a warm, earthy flavor to all kinds of dishes; while they can be enjoyed raw, most people prefer to cook them. Mushrooms are also great because they’re packed with an antioxidant known as ergothioneine, which helps the body fight off the germs that cause the common cold.

There are hundreds of different types of fruit enjoyed all over the world and each of them has health and nutritional benefits. Bananas contain potassium, an essential mineral. Fresh pineapple contains enzymes that reduce the inflammation associated with arthritis pain, effectively acting as a natural painkiller.

So keep these foods in mind when you are feeling a little bit under the weather, and it might even save you a trip to the local pharmacy!

Wendy

Wendy

Health Contributor at Creative Bioscience
My name is Wendy and I'm one of the main contributors to our blog. I'm a retired elementary school teacher who's found a new passion for all things relating to health and wellness. If you feel like your body is not in the place it should be, join the club! We're here to help get you where you want to be in a long term way, and avoiding any extreme diets in the process. We believe in natural sustainable methods to reach a state of homeostasis. We want to get our body, spirit, and soul into prime shape and really start loving ourselves! Wendy's favorite product is Raspberry Ketone 1234
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