Healing Spices for your Pantry

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There are a multitude of different spices and seasonings but there are a few that everyone should have in their arsenal. These five are at the top of my list.

Turmeric

Turmeric seems to be on a lot of folks radar recently and with good reason. Turmeric is touted to be beneficial in many different ailments and used as an immune booster when used regularly. It’s full of antioxidants and has great anti-inflammatory properties. Make sure you have turmeric on hand.

turmeric
turmeric

Black Pepper

While it seems everyone has this ordinary seasoning on their table but there are good reasons to stock up when the prices are good. Black pepper, whether in whole form or ground have strong antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. Some folks use it to help with painful joints. All black pepper is good but consider adding some Malabar to the seasonings in your pantry.

black peppercorns
black peppercorns

Cayenne

You probably think of cayenne as a good ingredient to spice up your dishes but it’s also a great detoxifier and immune booster. Cayenne is used to improve liver function, help with blood pressure and as a digestive aid.

ground cayenne peppers
ground cayenne peppers

Garlic

Folks have used garlic both as a seasoning and for it’s health benefits for eons. Garlic can be used in a multitude of ways. Adding fresh to a dish, dried, canned or granulated. It’s reported to help with sore throats, skin issues and blood pressure.

garlic
garlic

Nutmeg

While you typically only think about using nutmeg when making Christmas cookies it’s used in other ways too. It works well in sweet dishes but also has health benefits. Nutmeg can help with stomach issues and more. I sometimes add it to chili! In fact, that might be the ‘secret’ ingredient!

nutmeg
nutmeg