Story By Beth Mincher
What you add to the spice rack in your kitchen could actually provide you with a cornerstone for health and healing. Spices come from seeds, fruits, roots and the bark of plants and are used in dried form, which means they also have a high concentration of essential oils, adding to their powerful healing properties.
The main uses of spices are for flavoring, coloring or preserving, but as we study their origins, historical uses and scientific properties, it is clear to see even more benefits.
Spices date back in history to the BC era, as medicinal, religious and mystical offerings. The Spice Trade of the Middle East began with cinnamon and pepper. Ancient Egyptians used spices for embalming, further increasing their prized value and association with wealthy status. In medieval medicine, spices were said to balance the “humor” of food and create a basis for good health. In the dark winter months, when fresh food wasn’t plentiful, spices added more variety and taste to mundane food.
There is a lot we can learn from the ancient abundance of nature’s simple gifts. Back in the day, before pharmaceuticals, we had plants.
Optimal health begins in our gut and digestive tract and by reducing overall body inflammation. According to a recent survey as reported by Fox News, “A whopping 74% of Americans are living with digestive discomfort, with common symptoms due to minor imbalance, but possibly an indication of more serious health conditions.” Many spices are good for restoring health to the digestive tract.