10 spices and plants with unknown virtues

Basil

Its virtues: the most used aromatic plant in the world relieves digestive and respiratory disorders. It also helps to fight against anxiety. To be chiseled, tomato salads, beans, pasta… its leaves are to be added at the last moment in your summer preparations.

The trick of the summer: to relieve a mosquito bite, crumple, and rub into a leaf. Against motion sickness, chew or breathe in leaves.

Cumin

Its virtues: in addition to being rich in iron, calcium, potassium, and vitamin C, cumin helps fight against bloating and diarrhea. Taken as an infusion, it is also a diuretic.

The tip of the summer is to incise a banana lengthwise if you have insomnia. Top it with half a teaspoon of cumin seeds and eat it before bed.

Turmeric

Its virtues: powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, this root with the beautiful orange color has proven its anti-cancer effects. It would also prevent Alzheimer’s disease and lower cholesterol. When cooking it, consider combining it with oil and black pepper to increase the results, up to 1,000 times, it is said!

In case of contusion or hematoma, the summer trick is to apply a paste made of turmeric powder mixed with a bit of water.

Thyme

Its virtues: the farigoulette (its name in Provençal) acts powerfully on the immune system, hence the interest in transforming the time of “tea” into the time of “thyme” because this plant is delicious in infusion. It is also suitable for the liver, digestion, breathing, and general tone.

The trick of the summer: in case of a dry cough, prepare an infusion and add a spoon of thyme, lavender, or scrubland honey. Layouts a cup of steaming infusion for a baby not far from the crib. Once cold, it can serve as a mouthwash against bad breath.

Fenugreek

Its virtues: “Greek hay” is refreshing. It stimulates the appetite and the neuromuscular apparatus. It is of great interest to diabetics because it helps lower diabetes mellitus. More generally, it limits the transformation of sugars into fats, which makes it a flat stomach ally. It is not recommended in case of pregnancy, but it is the best stimulant for lactation.

The trick of the summer: to calm irritation or inflammation of the skin (sting, eczema, sunburn, nettles), dilute 50 g of seeds in 250 ml of water, and add to the water of a bath, or prepare and apply a poultice with powdered seeds and hot water.

Ginger

Its virtues: cousin of turmeric, ginger is also present in the root. More than a spice, it is a natural health food, the star of Asian recipes, but it also slips into the refreshing drinks of the summer, cocktails, and herbal teas. Antioxidant, antiviral, digestive, and immune, it is also very effective in fighting against all types of nausea (transport, medical treatment, pregnancy )

In case of fatigue, the summer trick is to prepare an herbal tea with a few slices of ginger and a piece of lemon. A boost that can replace morning coffee if you can stand it badly.

Cinnamon

Its virtues: it is tonic and exciting, and its antioxidant action is increased by heat, so it should preferably be used in drinks (tea, infusions, coffee) and hot dishes. Use it in the sticks for inputs, even if it means grating them to sprinkle your dishes, toasts, and desserts.

The trick of the summer: it promotes the preservation of foods that contain it, so do not hesitate to add it to your dishes, even if placed in the refrigerator. It is also said to be an aphrodisiac.

Cilantro

Its virtues: in fresh grass, the “Arabic parsley,” “Chinese” or “Indian” (its other names), make the colors and flavors of the dishes sparkle, but it is in the form of seeds that its properties unfold: they are digestive, anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-rheumatic and anti-arthritic.

The trick of the summer: in case of conjunctivitis, mix fresh leaves with a bit of water to form a paste. Then apply to the closed eyelids for a few minutes. Rinse and repeat several times a day.

Cardamom

Its virtues: queen of spices in India, cardamom, whose seed is consumed lodged in its pods, is both the ally of oral hygiene (it whitens teeth, calms dental and gum pain) and digestion (antacid, diuretic). To be used in rice, dishes in sauces, fish, and desserts. 

The trick of the summer: to fight against bad breath, including that produced by garlic, and digest better, chew a few seeds after the meal.

The badian

Its virtues: ingredient of pastis and ouzo, “star anise” (its other name) relieves digestive disorders, nausea or migraine and stops diarrhea and cough. Its sweet taste also helps to lighten the sugar intake in desserts. 

The trick of the summer: in case of excess table or drink, it is sovereign in infusion (two or three stars in a cup of boiled water); you can also suck the seeds in the alveoli. Consumed regularly, badian would even increase libido.