Healing Powers of Spices
A spice is a dried seed, fruit, root, bark or vegetative substance used in nutritionally insignificant
quantities as a food additive for the purpose of flavoring, and sometimes as a preservative by killing or
preventing the growth of harmful bacteria.
The two most popular spices are garlic and onion. The other two known spices are tomato and ginger. But these
four are not only good for flavoring your bland foods; they have also healing powers of
Garlic, for instance, has been hailed as "nature's herbal wonder drug." In the past, it was said to strengthen
the heart; protect against the plague; cure colds, athlete's foot, toothache, and snakebite; repel vampires and
demons; grow hair; stimulate sexual performance; and rid the dog of fleas.
Today, scientists all over the world are examining the folklore's claims of garlic's benefits. But the
therapeutic qualities of garlic are nothing new. Sanskrit records reveal that garlic remedies were pressed into
service in India 5,000 years ago, while Chinese medicine has recognized garlic's powers for over 3,000 years.
Healing Powers Of Spices
Even Louis Pasteur, who discovered penicillin, recognized the anti-bacterial powers of garlic back in 1858.
During World War I, surgeons regularly used garlic juice to stop wounds turning septic.
So, what is it about garlic that makes it such a boon to our health? When cloves are chewed, crushed or cut,
they release a sulphur-bearing compound called allicin -- the chemical that gives garlic its pungent aroma. And
it's the allicin that scientists have discovered is the magic ingredient thought to be responsible for garlic's
"Allicin is the remarkable agent that fights bacteria," points out the editors of 'Super Life, Super Health.'
"It seems to even fight some infections that are normally resistant to antibiotics.' But allicin is unstable and
sensitive to heat," the editors remind. "Cook the garlic lightly, if at all, and always mince it to release the
In 2007, a news story from the British Broadcasting Corporation reported that garlic might prevent and fight the
common cold. "Garlic can actually kill germs and clear up your cold symptoms rapidly," says Dr. Elson Haas, the
author of 'Staying Healthy with the Seasons.' He recommends two to three oil-free capsules three times a day.
If you have sore throat, load up yourself with garlic. "When a sore throat is caused by a virus infection, as
opposed to bacteria, eating garlic can bring quicker relief," suggests Dr Yu-Yan Hey, a nutrition professor who
researches on the healing properties of garlic.
Onions are found in a bewildering array of recipes and preparations spanning almost the totality of the world's
cultures. When eaten raw, onions may irritate the stomach. When that happens, milk is reportedly effective in
neutralizing the effects.
Ancient Greek athletes consumed large quantities of onions because they felt it would "lighten the balance of
the blood." When Rome conquered Greece, the Roman gladiators were rubbed down with the onion to "firm up the
In many parts of the world, onions are used to heal blisters and boils. In the United States, products that
contain onion extract are used in the treatment of topical scars; some studies have found their action to be
ineffective, while others found that they might act as an anti-inflammatory.
Onions may be especially beneficial for women, who are at increased risk for osteoporosis as they go through
menopause, by destroying osteoclasts so that they do not break down bone.
In Georgia, where the Vidalia onion is grown, the rate of stomach cancer is 50 percent less than other parts of
the nation. Extract of onion inhibits blood clotting. Onion reduces high cholesterol levels, and is said to
stimulate the immune system. In people with diabetes, onion use lowers the fasting glucose level. Onion improves
glucose tolerance and lowers insulin levels.
One bad thing about onions is that they can irritate your eyes. However, eye irritation can be avoided by
cutting onions under running water or submerged in a basin of water. Rinsing the onion and leaving it wet while
chopping may also be effective. Another way to avoid irritation is by not cutting off the root of the onion, or by
doing it last, as the root of the onion has a higher concentration of enzymes.
Tomatoes are now eaten freely throughout the world, and their consumption is believed to benefit the heart among
other things. They contain lycopene, one of the most powerful natural antioxidants, which, especially when tomatoes
are cooked, has been found to help prevent prostate cancer.
Tomato extract branded as Lycomato is now also being promoted for treatment of high blood pressure. Lycopene has
also been show to improve the skin's ability to protect against harmful ultraviolet rays.
Dr. C. C. Thakur in his book Introduction to Ayurveda has said that it improves the digestive system and cures
chronic diseases of the stomach. It is a blood purifier, cures anemia, piles, liver troubles and chronic fever.
"Everything good is found in ginger," so goes a popular Indian proverb. Ginger has been used medicinally in Asia
for millennia. In China, for instance, a drink made with sliced ginger cooked in sweetened water or a cola is used
as a folk medicine for common cold. In India, ginger is applied as a paste to the temples to relieve headache.
The ancient Greeks welcomed the arrival of ginger and quickly put it to good use as a digestive aid. To lighten
the load of a big meal placed on the digestive system, the Greeks would end an evening of fabulous fasting by
eating some ginger wrapped in bread. Eventually, this practice evolved into the world's first cookie
A study showed that taking two to four capsules of dried ginger before traveling in a car, boat, plane, or
trains prevented motion sickness in 90 percent of the people who participated in the study.
"To combat travel sickness, take a quarter of a teaspoon of powdered ginger or a one centimeter slice of fresh
root ginger at least 20 minutes before you get in the car or board a ferry," suggests an article which appeared in
The Minnesota-based Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research recommends ginger for nausea and
vomiting. It instructs, "To prevent nausea after surgery, ginger has been given as one gram by mouth one hour
before surgery. For chemotherapy-induced nausea, capsules of ginger root powder have been given orally one gram per
day for 5 days, starting on the first day of chemotherapy." Try the healing powers of spices as a remedy and
treatment for herpes and other STD's. You may find a great improvement in your STD symptoms from using spices
- I know I have.
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