What’s In Your Kitchen?

The longer I live I am realizing that aging is a privilege and a wonderful blessing.

Being a Legacy Maker often takes my mind back to the things I remember growing up. One of those things is the herbs and spices my grandmother used for cooking. There was alway the trinity in her house – cinnamon, nutmeg, and poultry seasoning along with salt,black pepper and red pepper flakes. Oh, I almost forgot the vanilla flavoring.

Herbs and spices have been used for thousands of years for the health and well being of mankind. Our ancestors realized that their antiseptic and antibiotic properties helped to heal wounds and stave off diseases, as well as preserve and flavor foods and cleanse and beautify the body, inside and out.

Now, the herbs and spices are probably not as potent as they were back then, but here are just a few herbs and spices and their POSSIBLE benefit to you. (Disclaimer: I am not a physician).

All Spice – as an antioxidant that may protect against cancer and can be used to treat flatulence(excessive gas in the digestive tract) and relieve indigestion.

Black Pepper – may stimulate digestion, circulation, and detoxification. Black Pepper may help to relieve congestion and fever, and as an antibiotic, may help to fight colds and flul. It certainly makes you sneeze!

Cayenne Pepper(and other hot peppers) -boost metabolism and increases calorie burning. Peppers contain antioxidants that may help prevent cancer and heart disease.

Basil – keep an open container on hand to repel flies and mosquitoes (I understand they don’t like the scent).

Cinnamon – helps to keep blood sugar levels steady. For diarrhea, mix about 1 teaspoon cinnamon into a cup of hot water and steep for 10 -15 minutes. Strain and drank.

When my mom was growing up in the country, she cut her toe and this WAS the remedy her grandmother used (and don’t try this, please!). Her grandmother got a piece of fatback from their smokehouse, put it on the cut and tied it to the toe with a white cloth. She said it worked then, but that’s a little too “way back” for this generation.


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