Can Your Spice Cabinet Double As Your Medicine Chest?

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Can Your Spice Cabinet Double As Your Medicine Chest?

Most of us have a cabinet chocked full of spices. We think of them as flavorings for foods. The truth is that these flavorings hold a multitude of medicinal properties. Many may actually be able to take the place of some of your usual over the counter pharmacy medications.

Let’s explore your spice cabinet and see what you already have and can put to amazing double use.

Cinnamon — Nearly every household in America has a jar of cinnamon. Cinnamon is a powerful antioxidant. Dietitians agree a daily dose is helpful for your overall health. Cinnamon stimulates circulation and helps you digest carbohydrates.

Black pepper — Black pepper can warm the body and increase circulation. When added to food it boosts the ability of the body to digest and absorb vitamins and minerals from food. It can also be used to stop a bleeding cut. Sprinkle pepper on the wound and it will help clot much faster.

Cayenne — Cayenne is one of the most powerful medicinal spices. Cayenne has a stimulating effect on the cardiovascular system acting to increase the flow of blood. It can also speed digestion. Cayenne builds immunity against cold and flu.  Like black pepper, cayenne pepper can also be applied to help stop bleeding.

Ginger — This amazing herb can help with nausea and diarrhea. On top of that, it may help soothe an irritated throat and work to decongest.

Garlic – As a potent source of antibiotics, it is a proven cold and flu fighter, immune booster and can ward off infection. If you’re worried about walking around with garlic breath, just add a small section of parsley to your garden plot.

Cloves — Having tooth pain and can’t get in to see a dentist? Clove oil has long been a treatment for dental pain. Cloves have an analgesic property which soothes mouth pain. Cloves are antibacterial and antibiotic. When used in tea it can help lower a fever.

Oregano — An antioxidant and immune booster. It can combat a stomach ache, soothe colds and even fight infection.

Basil — Basil is a sleep aid as it reduces tension and anxiety.

Sage — Sage can stave off winter coughs, stimulate digestion, works as an antibiotic. It is also said to ward off negative energy.

Peppermint – whether used in tea or in oil form or even fresh leaves peppermint helps refresh, cool, and rid the body of inflammation and pain.

While herbs can’t replace everything in your medicine chest, these tips can help you incorporate them more into your daily life, giving your body a boost, naturally.

If you are interested in learning more about how you can help yourself and your family using natural medicine and nutrition, give the office of Dr. Jason Kaster, D.C. a call today 239-332-2555 or visit online

Chiropractor | Nutritionist in Ft Myers, FL

Fort Myers Chiropractor, Dr. Jason B. KasterChiropractic care is a safe, alternative treatment when applied appropriately. Chiropractic treatments help in dealing with the symptoms of many conditions. Add to that, nutritional recommendations that can help your body heal itself. Are you going to wait for your symptoms to be felt, or are you going to prevent it as soon as possible?

Dr. Jason B. Kaster, a chiropractor in Fort Myers can help you and your family achieve their optimal health.


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