Spice Up Your Morning!
The great thing about spices is all of the medicinal qualities they have. You can really get your bang for your buck, so to speak, by adding spices to your meals. One of the ways that I like to incorporate spices into my diet is by making a spice mix. Once I have the mix made, I put it in an air tight jar, I can add it to anything I choose!
My most favorite spice mix, to add to my morning oat bran, is a combination of cinnamon, cardamom, and ginger. These three spices are very helpful to the digestive system and taste amazing! Try adding this mix to any cereal or mylk and experience the medicinal benefits for yourself.
Tip: Combine the spices with almond meal and ground flax seed for extra staying power. Then you can add this to any cereal, mylk, smoothie, or even soup broth.
Why are these herbs so great?
Cinnamon: Is an effective herb for strengthening and harmonizing the flow of circulation. It is a good diaphoretic and expectorant in colds and flu’s, and is especially good for those of weak constitution. It is a pain reliever for toothache and muscle tension. It strengthens the heart, warms the kidneys and promotes Agni. Like ginger, it is almost a universal medicine, and is less likely to aggravate pitta than ginger. It is the base for this spice mix.
Cardamom: Is one of the best and safest digestive stimulants. It awakens the spleen, stimulates samana vayu, enkindles Agni and removes Kapha from the stomach and lungs. It stimulates the mind and heart and gives clarity and joy. Added to milk it neutralizes mucus-forming properties and it detoxifies caffeine in coffee. Its quality is sattvic and it is particularly good for opening and soothing the flow of pranas in the body. Cardamom is good for the nervous digestive upset of children or of high Vata. It helps stop vomiting, belching, or acid regurgitation.
Ginger: Is perhaps the best and most sattvic of the spices. It was called vishwabhesaj, “the universal medicine.” Dry (powder) ginger is drier than fresh. It is a better stimulant and expectorant for reducing Kapha and increasing Agni. Fresh ginger is a better diaphoretic, better for colds, cough, vomiting and for deranged Vata. The uses of ginger in digestive and respiratory diseases are well known. It is also good in arthritic conditions and it is a tonic to the heart. It relieves gas and cramps in the abdomen, including menstrual cramps due to cold. Externally, it makes a good paste for pain and headaches.
These three aromatic herbs combined help promote digestion, strengthen samana vayu, and help in the absorption of medicinal herbs. Most people who have experience in the kitchen already have these spices in their cupboard…but if you don’t I highly suggest adding them to your daily routine!