Home Remedies: Medicines in Your Spice Rack

Home Remedies: Medicines in Your Spice RackA fun and easy way to start working with home remedies and herbs is to take a look at your own spice rack. Many common culinary herbs also have quite a bit of medicinal value!

Below you will find a list of common “spice rack” herbs and their benefits.

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ANISE (Pimpinella Anisum)

Add 1 cup boiled water to 3 tsp crushed seeds. Steep 20 minutes. Sweeten with a little honey.

  • Breaks up mucus
  • Tea will also stimulate mother’s milk
  • Stimulant
  • Treats flatulence and colic

BASIL (Ocimum Basilicum) 

Simmer 1 oz of basil leaves plus 3 powdered peppercorns in a pint of water for 20 minutes.

  • Treats fevers, colds and flu
  • Relieves indigestion, nausea and vomiting
  • Helps kidney and bladder problems
  • Aids headaches, cramps and nervous conditions

BAY (Laurus Nobilis)

  • Add 1 or 2 bay leaves to soup and beans to improve the flavor and prevent gas and indigestion.
  • Apply a poultice externally to the chest with a cloth to relieve colds and coughs.

BLACK PEPPER (Piper Nigrum)

Mix 1/8 tsp ground peppercorn with honey

  • Take entire amount each morning as a disease preventative and curative
  • For acute diseases use 3-4 times per day

CARAWAY (Carum Cavi)

Add 1 ounce of crushed seeds to 1 pint of boiling water and steep for 20 minutes. Take in frequent doses of 2 tablespoons until relief is obtained

  • Treats indigestion, gas and colic
  • Calms nervous conditions

CAYENNE (Capsicum Anuum)

As a daily tonic take 1/4 tsp three times daily

  • Benefits heart and circulation
  • Prevents heart attacks and strokes
  • Prevents colds and flu
  • Increases vitality
  • Aids headaches and depression
  • Helps with indigestion

CINNAMON (Cinnamomum Zeylanicum)

Simmer 1/4 tsp in 1 cup of milk with 1 tsp honey

  • Warms the body
  • Helps relieve coughs and wheezing
  • Relieves indigestion and gas
  • Relieves diarrhea and dysentery

CLOVES (Syzygium Aromaticum)

Simmer 1/4 tsp in 1 cup of milk with 1 tsp honey

  • Warms body
  • Increases circulation
  • Improves digestion
  • Relieves flatulence, nausea and vomiting

GARLIC (Allium Sativum)

To preserve its beneficial effects, garlic should not be boiled.

Crush one clove of garlic in a glass of hot milk.

  • Treats nervous spasms
  • Relieves cramps and seizures

Take one clove of garlic each morning

  • Relieves high blood pressure

To make garlic oil place 8 oz peeled, minced garlic in a wide-mouthed jar and fill until covered with olive oil. Allow to stand for 3 days, shaking each day. Press through cotton cloth and store in a cool place

  • Take 1 tsp every hour for colds, flu, fevers and infectious diseases
  • Insert a few drops in ears witha wad of cotton for earaches

GINGER (Zingiber Officinale)

Simmer 1 oz fresh ginger in a pint of water.

  • Aids digestion
  • Relieves cramps
  • Relieves nausea
  • Take the tea with honey and lemon for colds and flu

NUTMEG (Myristica Fragrans)

  •  Take a small amount (the size of a pea) once daily to relieve most chronic nervious disorders
  • Large doses are poisonous

ROSEMARY (Rosmarinus Oicinalis)

Add 1/2 oz rosemary to a pint of boiled waterand steep covered for 10 minutes.

  • Treats headaches
  • Relieves indigestion, colic and nausea
  • Relieves fevers

SAGE (Salvia Officinalis)

Add 1/4 oz of herb to 1 pint of boiled water. Cover and steep for 1o minutes. Do not use for more than one week at at a time.

  • Relieves excessive perspiration and night sweats
  • Relieves early stages of colds, flu, and sinus congestion
  • Helps eliminate bladder infections and inflammatory conditions

THYME (Thymus Vulgaris)

Steep 1 ounce of herb in 1 pint of boiling water then strain and sweeten with honey. Take one ounce daily.

  • Treats bronchial problems
  • Treats laryngitis
  • Relieves diarrhea, gastritis, and loss of appetite

TURMERIC (Curcum Longa)

Add 1 tsp turmeric powder and 1 tsp of almond oil to a cup of warm milk. Take 1-2 cups daily.

  • Purifies blood
  • Stimulant
  • Heals wounds
  • Reduces fevers
  • Relieves nosebleeds
  • Cancer preventative


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Becki Baumgartner

Herbalist, Certified Tennessee Naturalist, Certified Reiki Master at LuminEarth.com
Becki Baumgartner is a certified member of the Academy of Integrated Health & Medicine. Becki graduated from Clayton College in 2011 with a BS in Natural Health, Minor in Herbology, obtained her Usui Shiki Ryoho Reiki Master Certification in 2012, and her Tennessee Naturalist Certification in 2013. She is currently enrolled in the Master Herbalist Program at the Academy of Natural Health Sciences. She has been a Lead Investigator for Volunteer State Paranormal Research since 2010 and in 2012 joined Natchez Trace Veterinary Services, an Alternative Medicine Veterinary Clinic, as Practice Manager and Herbalist. She is also a volunteer naturalist for Metro Parks and the Nashville Medical Reserve Corps, facilitates a weekly Reiki Share at Center of Symmetry in Nashville, and facilitates Reiki, Herbology and Alternative Health classes and workshops in the Nashville Area. Chat with Becki on Google+ | LinkedIn | Facebook

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