It's the time of year that people start searching for natural remedies to prevent the colds and flus that are going around. Well, what if I told you that you have spices in your cupboard right now that could create a simple and inexpensive home remedy to boost your immune system over the fall and winter seasons?
Spices are a great weapon when it comes to fighting off colds and flus when those around you are sick, or if you're starting to feel under the weather yourself. Different spices have different immune-boosting properties and they are actually more effective when combined. Heating them also releases their nutritive properties for greater potency.
There are 7 superstars in the spicy homemade immune booster:
- Tumeric - A powerful anti-inflammatory that has an immune-modulating effect due to its detoxifying and supportive effect on the liver. It helps decrease free radicals and toxins that can negatively affect your body.
- Fennel - Your best spice to alleviate any constipation. It stimulates the secretion of digestive and gastric juices while decreasing inflammation of the stomach and intestines and facilitating proper absorption of nutrients from food.
- Coriander - High in Vitamin C and naturally antibacterial. It chelates metals, aids in liver function and helps improve digestion. Coriander works better when combined with fennel.
- Cumin - Enhances digestion by stimulating the pancreas to produce more pancreatic enzymes, and increases the bioavailability of the other spices.
- Ginger - Contains anti-inflammatory properties, helps get rid of bad bacteria and viruses, combats colds and fevers, and inhibits the production of cytokines which cause pain and swelling.
- Black Pepper - Enhances the absorption and effect of the other spices by three-fold.
- Cinnamon - Is rich in plant compounds that inhibit bacterial growth and stabilize blood sugar. True cinnamon with the healing effect for those with weight, cholesterol, and blood sugar issues, is called Ceylon cinnamon which is native to Sri Lanka from the plant Cinnamomum Zeylanicum. Cassia cinnamon which is found at most grocery stores is not an effective medicinal spice as it comes from a completely different plant called Cinnamomum Cassia.
Combining the power of all these spices together is what provides a powerful immune defense. The measurements and synergy of the spices working together creates a healthy boost to your entire body to keep you healthy during the cold and flu season and avoid getting sick when those around you are.
The Spicy Homemade Immune Booster Mixture:
3 tsp turmeric
3 tsp ground fennel
1.5 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
1/8 tsp ground cinnamon
Heat 1 tsp of the spice mixture with 1 Tbsp of grass-fed ghee on medium heat until the mixture releases an aroma. Remove from heat and add to cooked veggies, warm salads, rice, soups, fish, or chicken. This recipe will last for about 9 uses.
Now I’d love to hear from you. Have you tried incorporating the spicy homemade immune booster into your cooking over the fall and winter season? What have you noticed? Share and let me know!