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Five Healing Spices of Fall: Not Just for Pumpkin Pie

Spices have a deep connection to our experiences in autumn. We all love the familiar scents that autumn brings, whether it is the spices we add to our pumpkin pies or the seasonal candles we place in our homes to bring us comfort for the cool crisp days ahead. We put these spices in our warm cups of tea as we snuggle up to a good book and we eat them in the comfort foods we make.

Perhaps we never think about the health benefits these spices offer, but they are rich in a variety of nutrients and anti-oxidants. Here are a few spices that we associate with autumn days and how they can benefit our health:

Cinnamon

Cinnamon is an ancient herbal medicine mentioned in Chinese texts for the past 4,000 years. Cinnamon trees grow in tropical areas, including parts of India, China, Madagascar, Brazil, and the Caribbean. Cinnamon has a broad range of medicinal uses in many different cultures, such as: diarrhea, colds, anti-aging, supports normal menstruation, and normal erectile function.  Cinnamon also helps stimulate blood flow and supports normal blood sugar levels and fat metabolism in the body.  This spice contains manganese, dietary fiber, calcium, and iron.  Since it is difficult to benefit from this spice by solely eating it, it is best taken in supplement form. 

Ginger

Ginger has been used as a natural remedy for thousands of years. Ginger is in the same family as turmeric and cardamom. Ginger has a variety of health benefits, such as, nausea-fighting properties, eases motion sickness, eases digestion, antioxidant support, supports normal blood flow and circulation, and relieves menstrual cramps.  Ginger is also a great source of potassium. 

Cloves

Cloves, an aromatic spice which contain an anti-inflammatory chemical called eugenol. Cloves are also support normal insulin function and can provide a numbing effect with bacteria-fighting powers for toothaches. Cloves also relax the stomach and can help alleviate vomiting, diarrhea, and stomachaches.

Star Anise

Star Anise is a star-shaped fruit of the evergreen plant known as illicium verum.  Anise has a licorice like flavor and originated in southern China.  Anise contains shikimic acid, an antioxidant rich nutrient which can help boost the immune system.  In addition, this spice contains antibacterial and antifungal, and antioxidant properties.  Anise can be used for symptoms such as indigestion, heartburn, bloating, and nausea. 

Rosemary

Rosemary is an antioxidant and has a warming and relaxing effect.  Rosemary can be used to improve memory and help with headaches.  Rosemary also contains fiber, iron, and calcium. Rosemary has been found to strengthen the memory, boost alertness and concentration, stimulate the immune system, increase circulation, reduce inflammation, and improve

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