Ginger Root “Super-Spice or Healing Aid”

Ginger root has a deep-rooted history worldwide!  From gingerbread houses and gingerbread men (cookies) to stories like Hansel and Gretel that were written by Jakob and Wilhelm Grimm, linguistic brothers with a passion for collecting German folklore. The gingerbread man allegedly first appeared in the court of Queen Elizabeth I, who presented courtiers with gingerbread likenesses of themselves. The Queen’s habit of jesting with her court gives this tale some credence. In the 17th century, Nuremberg, Germany, became known as the gingerbread capital, thanks to the elaborate gingerbread scenes that the bakers of that city would create, which included complex gingerbread houses, animals, and people decorated with gold leaf, foil, and other decorations.

Ginger Root has a very sharp, strong yet slightly sweet taste. It is a universal super spice.  It comes from the same family as Turmeric and Cardamom. Depending on the variety, the inside of the root can be yellow, red, or white. Ginger first appeared in the southern parts of ancient China. From there, it spread to India, Maluku Islands (so-called Spice Islands-remember reading about the Spice Islands?), rest of the Asia, and West Africa. Name “ginger” came a long way, but its root is in Sanskrit word “srngaveram” which means “horn body” and describes its root.


The spicy root is actually an underground rhizome (root) of small herb plant belonging to the Zingiberaceae family, of the genus: Zingiber.  Its scientific name: Zingiber officinale.

  1. Did you know that Ginger is one of the most commonly used dietary condiments in the world?
  2. Ginger has been a trading commodity longer than most spices.
  3. It was considered a luxury more than 5,000 years ago, has a very rich history. It had merited value for its medicinal benefits. Today, people still consider ginger a natural way to soothe an upset stomach, and there’s research to back up its health benefits.
  4. Back in the 14th century, a pound of Ginger held a value equal to that of a whole live sheep!

Gingerol is chemically related to capsaicin (the main bioactive ingredient in chili peppers) and piperine (the main bioactive ingredient in black pepper).

We all have those fire-eating friends who pour hot sauce and peppers on every meal. They insist that it’s thrilling to them.  My husband is one of them, along with all our children.  They all say, “We must just be born with a love for heat, and the spicey burning sensation is good for your health.”  I must confess I do not fit in among them; however, I do like ginger spice within reason, and my husband doesn’t. Hmmm, go figure. Why do some like spicey hot foods and others don’t?

In 2015, Hayes published a study on some of the personality traits that coincided with a love of spicy foods. Men and women have different reasons for eating spicy food. While women are typically seeking new sensations, men like to eat peppers literally so that they appear masculine. Spice lovers aren’t born; they’re made. Scientists think that substance P — the P is for pain — has actually been eaten away by spice consumption over time. Substance P belongs to a group of neurokinins (NKs), small peptides that are broadly distributed in the central nervous system (CNS) and peripheral nervous system (PNS).  After eating spicy foods long enough, you just don’t feel that much pain anymore.

Gingerol has been extensively studied and is known to potently neutralize harmful free radicals and help support healthy inflammation levels in the body.  How?  You won’t be disappointed reading further.


NUTRITIONAL PROFILE

 

 

 

 

 

 


TEA TIME

  • Peel and slice Ginger root,
  • Boiled in water with lemon or orange juice, and honey,
  • It is a popular herbal drink in Ayurvedic medicine to relieve common cold, cough, and sore throat.
  • Click the Ginger Tea image for the recipe on YouTube

See a couple of YUMMY recipes at the end! 


SUPERSTARS

Phenolic compounds: Gingerol, *zingerone, shogaol, farnesene, and small amounts of ß-phelladrene, cineol, and citral–all volitile oils.

  • Zingerone, also called vanillylacetone, is a key component of the pungency of ginger. There’s a significant difference between aroma and pungency: aroma is about the sense of smell and the different aroma descriptors (as we can see from the chart listed above) whilst pungency is not a smell. Pungency is based on our sense of feel and nerves.
  • Fresh ginger does not contain zingerone; cooking the ginger transforms gingerol, which is present, into zingerone through a retro-aldol, a viscous liquid acid reaction (reversal of aldol addition).
  • Shogaol, like zingerone, is produced when ginger is dried or cooked.

Sesquiterpenes (action of specific):  Bisapolene, zingiberene (*anti-inflammatory), zingiberol, sesquiphellandrene, and curcurmene (curcumin is in the same family)


MEDICINAL USES

Ginger is a popular spice used in several forms of alternative medicine.

It was widely used for centuries as a spice as well.

Ancient Sanskrit, Chinese, Greek, Roman, and Arabic texts discuss the use of ginger for health-related purposes. In Asia, dried ginger has been used for thousands of years to successfully treat:

  • stomach discomfort
  • motion sickness,
  • diarrhea,
  • nausea,
  • stomach cramps,
  • indigestion,
  • heartburn, and
  • other conditions.

Ginger also appears to have strong anti-inflammatory properties and can help with pain management.

Gingerols increase the motility of the gastrointestinal tract and have analgesic, sedative, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial properties.


SAFETY PROFILE

  1. Ginger stimulates many secretory glands in the body; it has a “sialogogic” effect (increases salivary juice secretion in the mouth) on salivary glands; increases bile secretion and its release. Therefore, the root may be contraindicated in patients with a history of gallstones.

  2. Ginger root is also known to increase the power of the toxicity of anti-coagulant drug warfarin, resulting in severe bleeding episodes. Because ginger helps thin the blood, it should not be taken two weeks prior to surgery.
  3. Ginger may interfere with the absorption of dietary iron and fat-soluble vitamins and cause stomach upset in higher doses.

PHYSIOLOGICAL BENEFITS OF GINGER

1. Ginger Boosts the Immune System(C, A, E, B6, Zinc)

    • promotes healthy sweating
    • assists in the detoxification of the body
    • helps the body defend itself against infections
    • fights off bad bacteria in the stomach and ease colds and the seasonal flu
    • relieves upper respiratory tract infections, coughing, and throat irritation due to bronchitis.
    • fight off illness
    • proactively protect the body from incoming sickness and infection
    • loaded with beneficial compounds and antioxidants that work to battle bacterial and viral conditions.

2. Helps Calm Nausea & Vomiting [1]  (B6, C, Ca)

    • It has the potential for soothing chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting.[2]
    • Studies have shown that Ginger may help reduce and suppresses nausea caused by motion sickness (including seasickness) such as dizziness, nausea, vomiting, and cold sweats, or pregnancy.
    • May help relieve a migraine.

Modern-day usage of ginger includes being used to ease nausea as a result of motion sickness, chemotherapy, and pregnancy.

Taking one gram of ginger daily helps to reduce nausea and vomiting in pregnant women, along with relieving morning sickness.

Further, it has been used successfully to counter nausea and GI upset after surgery or during chemotherapy.

3. Fights Fungal Infections (A, C, E)

    • From yeast infections to jock itch, and athlete’s foot.
    • It was also found effective against two types of yeast that commonly cause fungal infections in the mouth.[3]

4. Protects and Supports digestive Health (B1,B3,B6, C, A,)

Ginger has also been used historically for and one of the most powerful ginger benefits is its ability to support digestive health and prevent common problems of impaired digestion like flatulence, constipation(*), bloating, and other digestive complaints.(*)  Do you experience pain, heartburn, fullness, and discomfort?

  • In addition to these gastro-protective effects, researchers have found ginger to be effective for stress-related ulcers.[4]
  • Gingerols help improve intestinal motility.
  • Ginger prevents the growth of H. pylori – a type of bacteria in the digestive system which can cause ulcers in the lining of the stomach or the upper part of the small intestine, and which sometimes leads to stomach cancer.
  • Ginger does all this because it seems to aid digestion and saliva flow.
  • Ginger helps speed up the emptying of the stomach by 25% compared to a placebo in people with indigestion.[8]
  • Ginger capsules with a meal actually doubled the speed of stomach emptying.[9]

Gingerols help improve the intestinal motility and have been anti-inflammatory, painkiller (analgesic), nerve soothing, antipyretic as well as anti-bacterial properties. Zingerone is effective against E.coli induced diarrhea, especially in children.

5. Improves Brain Function (B1,B2,B3,B9,C,Ca,Mg)

  • A compound, 6-shogaol, inhibited the release and expression of rednesscausing chemicals which damage neurons (nerve cells).[5]
  • Another ginger compound, 10-gingerol, similarly acted in an anti-neuroinflammatory manner. In other words, fresh ginger’s 10-gingerol reduced redness and swelling in the brain.[6]
  • A 2012 study also found that ginger extract helped improve cognitive function and attention in middle-aged women.[7]

6. Eases Inflammation (A,B6,E,Mg)

Although inflammation can be a normal, healthy immune response to injury and infection, chronic inflammation is believed to be a major contributor to conditions like heart disease, obesity, (*), and colitis-associated cancer.[10]

  • Ginger extract may help inhibit the synthesis of certain markers of inflammation due to its compounds. [11]
  • Treat aches and pains attributed to osteoarthritis(*)
  • Rheumatoid arthritis(*)and other joint conditions, which abate symptoms of pain and stiffness associated with joints problems, named gingerols.

Gingerols help improve the intestinal motility and have been anti-inflammatory, painkiller (analgesic), nerve soothing, antipyretic (reduce fever) as well as anti-bacterial properties.

Many sufferers take small daily doses of ginger root and report increased mobility and a reduction in pain. Also, patients note decreases in muscle discomfort and less swelling. There are some cases in which ginger relieved aches in the chest and knees.

7. Eases Menstrual Pains (B6,E,Ca,Mg)

  • In the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine showed that ginger reduces menstrual pain as effectively as medications like ibuprofen and mefenamic acid.[12]
  • Ginger even reduced both the intensity and duration of pain.[13]

8. May Inhibit Cancer Growth (A,B6,C,E)

Ginger may be effective in blocking cancer cell growth and development for ovarian
[14], pancreatic[15], and prostate cancer[16] but it is yet to be determined how it inhibits cancer in humans.  

9. Supports Stable Blood Sugar (B1,B3,B6,P)

  • Demonstrates powerful blood sugar balancing effects by insulin release and sensitivity and also supports the metabolism of carbohydrates and lipids.
  • Promotes Healthy Blood Pressure
  • The ginger extract was the most effective in support healthy blood pressure and has been evaluated for its effectiveness against hypertension.
  • Ginger’a natural acids help thin the blood to prevent fatty deposits (blood clots) from building in the arteries reducing the risk of a heart attack. [17]
  • Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps controlling heart rate and blood pressure.
  • Manganese (builds resistance to disease by strengthening the lining of your heart, blood vessels)

10. Relieves Joint and Muscle Pain (B1,C,Ca)

  • Because of its ability to reduce inflammation, adding ginger into your diet could help treat both  and arthritis-related joint pain.
  • One study showed that daily consumption of ginger resulted in moderate-to-large reductions in muscle pain caused by exercise-induced muscle injury. [18] Another study found that ginger extract helped decrease and the need for pain medication in individuals with osteoarthritis. [19]

11. Lowers Cholesterol Levels (B3,B6)

From producing bile to manufacturing hormones, cholesterol is essential to overall health. However, high levels of cholesterol can build up in the blood, causing blockages, and increasing your risk of heart disease.

  • One of the biggest benefits of ginger is its ability to
              1. naturally lower cholesterol levels and triglycerides
              2. to reduce your risk of heart problems,
              3. significantly reduce bad LDL cholesterol-reducing platelet stickiness, and raise beneficial HDL cholesterol compared to a placebo.
  • Ginger was nearly as effective in lowering cholesterol (improving cholesterol markers) as atorvastatin, a medication commonly prescribed for high blood cholesterol. [20]

12. Blocks Bacterial Infections (A,C)

  • Ginger’s antifungal properties, boasts the ability to fight off bacterial infections as well, such as Bacillus and E. coli.
  • Pathogenic bacteria are common culprits behind conditions like urinary tract infections, pneumonia, and bronchitis. Manganese (builds resistance to disease by strengthening the lining of your urinary passages)
  • One study shows that ginger could help inhibit the growth of certain strains of bacteria that cause gum disease. [21]
  • Another test-tube study showed that ginger extract was effective against several strains of drug-resistant bacteria as well.

The Original Ginger Ale

More like a ‘ginger-ade’ than a soda, these beverages resembled homemade tonics and could likely be described as sugar water with a kick of ginger root.

A tall, refreshing glass of ginger ale is a fantastic drink, and it’s surprisingly easy to make at home. Ginger ale is one of the easiest homemade sodas you can mix up. If you are a true fan of ginger ale, you’ll also find that this is more economical than store-bought options.

  • 2 cups ginger (fresh, peeled, and chopped)
  • 3 strips lemon peel (about 4 inches each; yellow part only)
  • 4 cups of water
  • 1 cup Honey
  • 3 quarts club soda (chilled)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. In a 4-quart saucepan, place ginger, lemon peel, and water. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat and simmer at a low boil, uncovered, for about 10 minutes.

  3. Add sugar, stirring constantly, and continue to boil until reduced to about 3 cups (about 15 minutes).

  4. Place a fine wire strainer over a large bowl. Pour in the ginger syrup to separate the solids from liquids. Discard the lemon peel. The strained, cooked ginger pieces can be reserved for other uses.

  5. Allow the ginger simple syrup to cool before pouring into a glass container. Seal it tightly and chill for at least 1 hour until it’s cold. You can also store it for up to 1 week in the fridge.

  6. When ready to serve, for each 16-ounce serving, mix 1/4 cup ginger simple syrup with 1 cup cold club soda, and pour over ice. Additional ginger syrup or sugar may be added to sweeten it to fit your taste.


Ginger Banana Smoothie by Delectable Planet

  • 2 very ripe bananas (with plenty of brown speckles)
  • 1/2 cup ice
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2-inch piece of ginger, peeled and sliced
  • 2 cups frozen fruit or berries*
  • 1 cup nondairy milk (almond milk or soy milk for the best flavor)

Preparation

  1. Combine the ingredients in a blender until smooth and creamy.
  2. *Try strawberries, pineapple, peaches, or blueberries


If you have not included this spice into your cooking routine, maybe it is something to consider.  Broaden your taste bud pallet with this new flavor.

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Cardamom “The Aromatic Queen of Spices”

Recently my husband and I were on a road trip, we stopped in a couple of Arabic shops in Israel.  They both served, as a free beverage, a very strong coffee with cardamom.  Culturally, Arabic coffee is served during family gatherings or when receiving guests, which must have been why they served it as a free beverage. This is the reason for this month’s spice choice.

Spices were incentives for war, voyages, expeditions, and romance and in shaping the course of world events and history. Cardamon has been used as a medicine and in cooking since ancient times. Its long and fascinating history dates back to Vedic times, about 3000 years B.C.

Which is it?

  • The Queen of Spices
  • The Aromatic Queen of Spices
  • The Beauty Queen of Spices

What do you think?  Let me know.

Cardamom is also sometimes the Seeds of Paradise or Ela “golden grains of paradise” in Sanskrit because of its very pleasant aroma and taste.

Cardamom, often referred to as the queen of spices, second only to black pepper, the king of spices. In the company of the King of Spices, black pepper, cardamom was an important commodity of the early spice trade that also transported frankincense, myrrh and other resins and precious aromatics. Caravans with as many as 4,000 camels would carry treasures of the East in the form of spices to markets in Babylon, Carthage, Alexandria, and Rome.  Later traders would sail ships along the Indian Coast and through the Red Sea into Egypt and thus through the rest of the world. The Spice Route was second in importance only to the Silk Road and the spices it transported were often as valuable, or more so than gold or precious metals.  Cardamom was considered a minor forest procedure and was a secondary crop to coffee plantations.

Why is it known as the “Queen of Spices”?

Maybe it is its association with queens. The large-leaved plant with purple and white flowers had a place in the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The terraced garden was built by King Nebuchadnezzar for his wife who was homesick. Cleopatra burnt cardamom incense whenever Mark Antony visited.

Here are a few other interesting facts about this spice.

  1. It is one of the most expensive spices from the beginning of time. Cardamom has always been able to hold its value due to its special medicinal and culinary value.
  2. Cardamom is considered more of a festive spice.  It is one of the most commonly used spices in the world – second only to black pepper – and valued only slightly lower than precious saffron and costly vanilla beans. Due to its high price. Cardamom ranks among the top three most expensive spices in the world.
  3. Spices were the symbols of royalty and luxury and cardamom was used in the manufacture of perfumes during the Greek and Roman times. (Prabhakaran Nair)
  4. Clears the mind from overthinking, creating a peaceful place to make decisions. (Green Cardamom)
  5. Cardamom plants are from the ginger family and are native to southern India. It takes about three years for the plant to mature and produce seeds.  Cardamom has a strong, unique taste, with an intensely aromatic fragrance.  There are two types of cardamom both very valuable for health. With a taste that is both peppery and citrusy, cardamom has a bit of warmth to it, rating a 2 on the hotness scale.

Green cardamom is smaller than black cardamom.  It is one of the most expensive spices by weight and a little goes a long way because of its strong flavor.

    • Its aroma is much stronger and more refined than black cardamom.
    • It is used primarily in sweet dishes and drinks.
    • It is used in traditional both sweet and savory dishes such as treats, sweetbreads, sweet dishes, and traditional dishes.
    • Use as a flavoring in coffee and tea.
    • It brings its own qualities to a dish.
    • Cures piles (hemorrhoids) (Green Cardamom)

Black cardamom has a distinctly more smoky aroma, though not bitter, with a coolness some consider similar to mint. It is largely used in savory dishes ranging from curries, stews, and daals (lentil dishes) to pilafs and meat dishes.

  1. Antibacterial – properties of cardamom oil are extremely effective in combating skin diseases.
  2. Antioxidant – high content of vitamin C and manganese in the composition of the oil has a powerful antioxidant effect, removing toxins from the body.
  3. Is a diuretic and is a carminative (relieves flatulence)
  4. Large cardamom seeds cure disease and pains of the anus and poisonous bites.
  5. Large cardamom seeds are hard to find.

OIL Pour into the container 3-4 tablespoon olive or sesame oil, add a few seeds of the plant, let it brew for 24 hours. This oil can be used as an independent mask against wrinkles and oily skin gloss.


NUTRITIONAL PROFILE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


TEA TIME – Cardamom oil is endowed with completely unique characteristics.

First and foremost – start applying cardamom in small doses and do not get carried away with spices unnecessarily.

 

    • Tea: 2-3 pods (remove seeds and steep in hot water, do not boil), 3 to 4 cups daily.
    • Traditionally, the typical dose of cardamom is 1.5 grams of the ground seeds per day.
    • As a digestive, a tea prepared from 1 teaspoon of freshly crushed cardamom seeds infused in 1 cup boiled water for 10-15 minutes has been used.
    • Tincture: 1 to 10ml of a 1:3@45% tincture (Pole)
    • Essential oil: Use in mixture with other oils or on its own at .5 to 15% dilution in a carrier

Soothing warm milk with cardamom

    • 1/4 teaspoon cardamom seeds, powdered or just the seeds will do too!
    • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon powder
    • 1 to 2 cups milk (nut kinds of milk work too)

Warm in a saucepan. Once warm, let stand for a few minutes and then pour into cups. Enjoy. Good right before bedtime especially for little ones. In the winter months, if a cold is coming on, you can add 1/8 – 1/4 tsp turmeric powder.

The second rule is to check whether there is an individual intolerance or an allergy to spice.

See a YUMMY recipe at the end!


MEDICINAL USES

Cardamom is also considered for its medicinal uses in Ayurveda and Greek medicine and Chinese tradition. Owing to its rich nutritional profile, cardamom offers the properties of a digestive, diuretic, expectorant, stimulant, antiseptic, antioxidant, and antispasmodic.

The beneficial effect on the nervous system and helps to improve mood. allows you to cope with neuroses and stress, cheer up and keep warm.  It helps to get rid of depression and apathy.


SUPERSTARS

PHYSIOLOGICAL BENEFITS

Promotes Dental Hygiene (C, Ca)

1. Improves Bad Breath (Green Cardamom)

    • It is common to see women as well as men popping cardamom pods to make their breath not minty fresh but “cardamom fresh”.  It is one of the only spices that can dissipate garlic breath.
    • An active compound in Cardamom is cineole.  It is a potent antiseptic known for killing the bacteria causing bad breath and other infections.
    • Effective against oral pathogenic bacteria like Streptococcus mutans and Candida albicans.

2. Helps Treat Cavities

    • Chewing cardamom, a pungent spicy flavor promotes the flow of saliva.
    • It cures excessive salivation.
    • This encourages a cleansing saliva flow while the fibrous outer coating of the pod can provide a mechanical cleaning of your teeth. (effective antiseptic)

Anti-Carcinogenic (C)

  1. Two antioxidants named 3’-Diindolylmethane (DIM) and Indole-3-Carbinol (I3C) in black cardamom, which combats breast, colon, prostate, and ovarian cancer. The anti-carcinogenic properties of the spice also raise the amount of glutathione (an antioxidant) in the body and prevent the generation and growth of cancerous cells.
  2. It can be used as a chemopreventive agent or something that’s used to inhibit, delay or reverse cancer formation. A 2012 study published in the Journal of Medicinal Food showed that it had a positive effect on skin health in animals. The study concludes that cardamom has potential as a chemopreventive agent against two-stage skin cancer.
  3. Phytochemicals, cineole, and limonene have shown an ability to take on a protective role against cancer progression.

Cardiovascular Health (B2, B3, C, Cu, K, Mg, Cu, Fe, P, Zn)

    • Your heart remains healthy with regular intake of black cardamom.
    • It reduces the probabilities of a blood clot.
    • It is very effective in protecting you from heatstroke or sunstroke during scorching summer.
    • A good remedy for the treatment of angina.
    • Its copper and iron content is important for cellular energy metabolism, accelerating the formation of red blood cells. Potassium is effective for maintaining the cardiovascular system.

Respiratory Health  (Zn)

1.  Asthma, whooping cough, lung congestions, bronchitis, pulmonary tuberculosis, etc. can be treated successfully with this little spice. (cineole property) (Green Cardamom – cough)

    • A substance in Cardamom helps make breathing easier by dilating the bronchi and bronchioles, decreasing resistance in the respiratory airway, and increasing airflow to the lungs.
    • Fights inflammation, and soothing mucous membranes. The warm nature of cardamom also promotes the expulsion of phlegm and relieves chest congestion.

To ease the symptoms of asthma, use daily chest massage, and reflex points of the feet with two drops of oil, inhale the fragrance deeply, apply a small amount of oil under the nose.

With bronchitis, use inhalation with a few drops of cardamom oil. When cooking, add a few drops of oil to flavor the food.

    • Vitamin C – helps in the treatment of colds, relief of a sore throat, and coughing. helps to control cough, asthmatic spasms, and abdominal pain.

2. It warms up your respiratory tract so that the air circulation through the lungs becomes easier.

3. Works as an expectorant and helps you stay away from cough, cold, sore throat, etc. by alleviating the mucous membrane and normalizing the flow of mucous through the respiratory tract. (cineole property)

Seeds are soaked in hot water and can be used to rinse the throat. They cure pharyngitis, dry throat, hoarseness, and soften the throat.

Anesthetic Properties (B1, B2, Mg)

    • Highly anesthetic and sedative
    • Curbs acute pain like headache like migraine and provide immediate relief
    • Eliminating stress and fatigue

Antiseptic and Antibacterial Properties (C, Zn)

  1. Destroy microbes of almost 14 different species
  2. Boosts your immunity
  3. Provides you protection against bacterial or viral infections (cineole property)

Helps Treat Diabetes (B1, B2, Mg, Zn)

The high manganese content in this spice makes it an excellent choice for diabetics and anyone struggling with blood sugar issues.

ANTI-Obesity

Cardamom contains anti-obesity properties.

  1. Clears Up The “Ama” Or Toxins – likened to a sticky substance that can block normal circulation and lower energy levels.
  2. Prevents Fat Deposition In The Abdomen
  3. Prevents Water Retention – Water retention and bloating can also result in weight gain. Dubbed a natural diuretic in Ayurveda, cardamom can help your body expel the extra water that’s being retained in the form of urine.
  4. Reduces Bad Cholesterol – its fat-busting properties help lower blood cholesterol levels. The anti-hyperlipidemic activity, in particular, is beneficial to those with cholesterol problems, a common complaint for those who are overweight or obese. Able to decrease the bad LDL cholesterol and triglycerides, thereby significantly lowering the total cholesterol levels. However, cardamom also lowered the good HDL cholesterol slightly.
  5. Reduces Bloating – Chronic indigestion can also lead to bloating, and cardamom is a popular treatment for gastrointestinal disorders. Has good antibacterial activity against infection-causing microbes like Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Saccharomyces cerevisiae, Bacillus pumilus, Staphylococcus epidermidis, and Staphylococcus aureus. With this activity against bad bacteria, cardamom can help the balance of gut flora to return to normal, enabling normal digestion. (Black Cardamom)
  6. It stimulates bile.

Quality Sleep

    • Tea with cardamom at night relieve anxiety and insomnia.
    • Improves the quality of sleep, promotes better tolerance of stress.
    • Regular use is useful for neuropsychic disorders.

Urinary Health (Green Cardamom)

  1. Cardamom is also a diuretic, so it detoxifies and stimulates kidney function
  2. Relieves urinary tract infections and inflammatory processes. (cineole property)
  3. It can facilitate urination and keeps your renal system healthy.

Mood (B2, B6, C)

    • Relieves depression, eliminates melancholy, lethargy, apathy, fears, headache.
    • It is also used when urinating is delayed.
    • Eliminate painful conditions before menstruation.

To raise the mood, with anger and depression, spray a few drops of oil in the room.

Heart

Cardamom is also an excellent tonic for the heart. It increases blood circulation and promotes the saturation of heart tissues with necessary oxygen. With the regular inclusion in food spices, the risk of developing a heart attack, and complications in the form of heart defects is reduced.  Peripheral circulation of the veins and arteries, not in the chest or abdomen

Flu Stages 

Promotes the healing of pharyngitis, dryness in the throat, hoarseness, softens the throat at the critical stage of the flu.

Strengthens and Stimulates Digestion (Black Cardamom)

Gastro-Intestinal Health: Black cardamom has a high positive impact on the gastrointestinal tract. It can stimulate the gastric and intestinal glands to secrete essential juices with the help of its stimulative properties.  This spice is better than many others and harmonizes and stimulates the digestive tract and spleen.

Take a look at all its helpful digestive benefits:

  • heartburn – It also helps in regulating and keeping stomach acids under control helping keep down gastric ulcers and digestive disorders significantly.
  • stomach cramps (Black Cardamom)
  • bloating
  • cleanse the gastrointestinal tract from harmful poisons and toxins acting as an antiseptic.
  • heaviness
  • flatulence
  • Indigestion (improves digestion)
  • binge eating
  • nausea
  • vomiting (Green Cardamom)
  • relieves Constipation
  • diarrhea
  • strengthens the musculature of the stomach
  • eases colic in children

Cardamom, rock salt, and ginger are taken in an equal amount and crushed into powder. Use the mixture in a dose of 1-2 grams (1.5 grams=4tsp) two or three times a day with warm water. This remedy calms the gases, bloating, and food poisoning.

Improves Appetite

  1. Cardamom works as a warm digestive tonic that can help you deal with indigestion, flatulence, and acidity, which can reduce your appetite.
  2. A little bit of powdered cardamom to your soup reactivates your appetite.

To increase appetite, apply a massage of the stomach area with two drops of oil.

Aids in Detoxification and Protects the Liver (VC)

It is capable of eliminating caffeine from the blood so that you can stay safe from the adverse effects of the alkaloid.

For Complexion (Black Cardamom)

1. Skin – it has the most optimal antiseptic properties and helps to get rid of acne.

        • Keeps your aging at bay, but it also helps you in getting a fairer skin complexion.
        • Natural remedy for ‘contact dermatitis’ or skin allergy.
        • A brighter, glowing complexion
        • Skin rashes (Green Cardamom)

2. Hair(Mg, K, Cu, Fe, ) – it has cell reinforcement properties that will give the hair all the vital supplements. From the roots to the finishes of the hair, everything will be reinforced. Anti-oxidative properties are helpful in providing nourishment to your scalp and hair strands.

        • As a result, you get strong, thick, and shiny tresses.
        • Dampness is retained in the hair.
        • Dry, dull, and coarsened hair will be a thing of the past.

3. Lips – It is additionally excellent for delicate, beautifully soft, attractive, lips

4. The high content of vitamin C and manganese in the composition of the oil has a powerful antioxidant effect, removing toxins from the body.

Vision

  1. Eating 4-5 black cardamom seeds every day with a teaspoon of honey will improve your vision, strengthen the nervous system, prevent the ingestion of harmful microbes.

            • sweet potato, peeled, chopped, and boiled (reserve the boiling water)
            • banana, ripe
            • apple, peeled, cored, and chopped
            • 1teaspoon cardamom
            • cup water (from the boiling sweet potato)
SWEET CARDAMOM SMOOTHIE by Food

If you have not included this spice into your cooking routine, maybe it is something to consider.

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The Spice Pantry: Queen of the Spices, Cardamon

Thyme, “The Anti-Viral Herb”

The worldwide viral situation was influential for this month’s herbal choice.  Get ready to discover some very interesting benefits of this herb.  May I also suggest that it may be “Thyme”, (pun intended) to start an herbal garden.

Did you know…

> During medieval times, knights often wore scarves decorated with thyme because it was a symbol of bravery.

> Ancient Greek soldiers were given the plant before battle to bolster their courage. It also seems that thyme may have helped them breathe easy as they swung their swords.

Thyme herb contains thymol found scientifically to have one of the most important volatile oils found in thyme that offers antiseptic and antifungal properties.   Thyme can be of 300 varieties and chemotypes, or plants that seem similar, but have different chemical compositions. I would give this herb 5 star*****/A+++ rating.  Be inspired by Thyme’s extraordinary quality and value in its following characteristics:

  • *Anti-viral
  • Antiseptic (thymol contains powerful antimicrobial properties)
  • **Anti-fungal characteristics. (carvacrol, borneol, and geraniol)
  • ***Anti-oxidants –  (zeaxanthin, lutein, apigenin, naringenin, luteolin, and thymonin)
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Anti-cancer (carvacrol)

At the top of the list, you see that thyme is an anti-viral herb.   There are more than 400 different viruses that can cause infections, including the common cold, the flu, hepatitis, mononucleosis, and HIV.

A virus is a small infectious agent that can only replicate inside the living cells of other organisms. Viruses have actually been described as “organisms at the edge of life” because they carry genetic material, reproduce, and evolve through natural selection, but they lack cell structure, which is generally needed to be considered living.

>  *Antiviral herbs inhibit the development of viruses. Many of the best antiviral herbs boost the immune system(A,C), which allows the body to attack viral pathogens. This can be even better than attacking specific pathogens, which antiviral drugs are designed to do because pathogens mutate over time and become less susceptible to treatment.

Not only do antiviral herbs fight viral infections, boost the immune system, and work as flu natural remedies, but they have a number of other health benefits, such as cardiovascular, digestive and anti-inflammatory support.(A, C)

>  **Thyme is able to treat symptoms of the candida infections, whether they occur as yeast infections, skin rashes, or thrush in your mouth.

> ***Fresh thyme herb has one of the highest antioxidant levels among herbs, a total ORAC value of 27,426-µmol TE/100 g.

Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (ORAC) values. It is an analysis that measures the antioxidant levels of food and other chemical substances. If a food has a high ORAC score, then it means the food is high in antioxidants.  The antioxidant’s strength is its ability to eliminate oxygen free radicals. With the ORAC, a higher score means the food is better at helping us fight diseases such as heart disease and cancer.


NUTRITIONAL PROFILE – TOP 10

Thyme’s leaves are one of the richest sources of Vitamin K, potassium,(K) and selenium(Se) as well.

Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps controlling heart rate and blood pressure. Manganese is used by the body as a co-factor for the antioxidant enzyme, superoxide dismutase. Iron is essential for red blood cell formation.


MEDICINAL USES:

  • Throat gargling with tepid thyme water or drinking few sips of thyme tea may help relieve coughs, sore throat, and bronchitis symptoms. Thyme offers strong antibacterial, antispasmodic, and healing properties, which fight bronchial infections.(A)
  • It helps relieve bronchitis symptoms, break down mucus, and soothe the coughs. Drinking a few cups of warm thyme tea daily to treat bronchitis, relieve a cough, and ease your breathing.
  • In the pharmacy, thyme based formulations have been used as an anti-septic mouthwash in the treatment of caries and gingivitis.

NOTE: Avoid this tasty herb if you take blood clotting medications, and stop taking it 2 weeks before surgery. In some people, it can also cause allergies, and it can cause an estrogen-like effect, so avoid it if you are at risk of hormone-sensitive conditions like ovarian cancer, uterine cancer, breast cancer, or endometriosis.


HEALTH BENEFIT PROFILE

Breath Easier(Se) 

The medical term for shortness of breath is dyspnea. Despite being common, it can be uncomfortable and distressing to experience.  Helped people keep their respiratory system healthy for centuries.  From viruses to allergies—here are several herbal tools that can help you breathe easier. We all know that when we are uptight or stressed our breathing is constricted.  It’s excellent for whooping cough, bronchitis, and asthma. It also soothes a sore throat, so is a great option when hit with a respiratory infection. Put it in an infusion (tea) or inhale the vapors.  We all know that when we are uptight or stressed our breathing is constricted.

Thyme destroys mold spores, and prevents their disastrous effects, like asthma, lung infections, allergies, and blocked airways.

You can make a homemade anti-mold spray, by adding 25 drops of thyme oil to a 16-oz. spray bottle with white vinegar or 3% hydrogen peroxide. Then, spray all over surfaces affected by mold, leave to act for 20 minutes, and wipe with a damp cloth.

Boosts Mood(B2, B6, C) 

Thyme contains carvacrol, a monoterpenoid phenol which acts as a memory booster and an antidepressant.  It has been tested in lab animal models. [1] If mood-modulating neurotransmitters dopamine and serotonin in the prefrontal cortex of the animal’s increases, it may hold true for people, then ingesting thyme tea in moderation (2 to 3 cups or so daily) should have a positive effect on feelings of well-being. (2013 study published in the journal Molecules) [2] This compound was found to have positive effects on improving mood if consumed consistently for just 7 days. It does this by increasing levels of both serotonin and dopamine, neurotransmitters involved with regulating motivation, drive and overall mood.

Thyme also appears to have a protective effect of important fats such as omega-3, known to preserve mental wellbeing and our cognitive function well into old age.

Relaxation(B6, E, Ca, Mg, Fe)

Thyme helps minimize stress.

Thyme helps you to relax.

Supports Respiratory Health(A)

Due to its expectorant properties and antibiotic and antiseptic compounds, thyme can provide relief from respiratory conditions like cold, cough and sore throat.[3]

Thyme tea is an incredibly powerful natural remedy in the treatment of respiratory infections. It naturally treats colds and the flu and is effective against multidrug-resistant bacteria. Thyme suppresses coughs, and since it is a natural expectorant, it breaks up mucus and helps its elimination.  It helps reduce congestion, by making mucus thinner and easier to eliminate.

It helps soothe irritated airways, fights infection in the lungs, and prevents bronchial spasms.[4]

Thyme promotes fungal balance.  It is also helpful as a part of a comprehensive strategy for dealing with some types of organisms that are particularly aggressive. Thymol and carvacrol which are resistant to harmful organisms.  Most people with respiratory issues obtain relief from a few cups of warm thyme tea.  Thyme Tea Destroys Strep Throat, Flu Virus, And Fights Respiratory Infections.

Lowers Blood Pressure(K, Se)

Thyme’s high antioxidant content, effectively lowers blood pressure and heart rate, as well as LDL cholesterol, which has been linked to heart disease.  Its active compound, aqueous methanolic extract of aerial parts of Thymus linearis Benth, is possibly responsible for the observed antihypertensive activity. The extract also exhibited a reduction in cholesterol, triglycerides and LDL levels[5]  Carvacrol has demonstrated protective effects for LDL against copper-induced oxidation. The oxidation of LDL cholesterol leads to accumulation along the artery walls.

Thyme contains lots of potassium, which is integral to maintaining normal blood pressure.[6] Use thyme as a substitute for salt in your cooking to help lower your blood pressure.

Complements Antimicrobial Activity of the Immune System(A, C, Fe, Se)

Prevents oxidative damage to DNA in human lymphocytes (white blood cells).[7]

Effective against antibiotic-resistant strains of Staphylococcus, Enterococcus, Escherichia and pseudomonas bacteria. (2011 bench study journal Medicinal Chemistry)[8]

Improves Oral Health(A, C, Ca)

Thymol is used in dental care products because of its effectiveness against Streptococcus mutans bacterial contribution as a natural ability to prevent tooth decay and gum problems.  (A 2017 study in the German journal Fitoterapia)[9]

It has the power to eliminate oral pathogenic bacteria and other microorganisms, alleviating oral problems like gum inflammation and mouth sores. Rinse your mouth with thyme tea a few times a day.

Bad breath is often caused by bacteria and sometimes fungi in the mouth because of its antibacterial and antifungal action.

1)Boil 1 teaspoon of dried thyme leaves in 1 cup of water for 5 minutes.

2)Strain and allow the liquid to cool to room temperature.

3)Bottle and use it for gargling, 2 or 3 times a day.

Treats Acne and Other Skin Problems(A, C)

Thyme compounds thymol and carvacrol have fungicidal properties, so they destroy fungal pathogens that cause tuberculosis or other pulmonary infections, and the essential oil eliminates the Candida albicans yeast that can infect the gastrointestinal tract.

Thyme is effective in battling the bacteria that cause acne.

Thyme was more effective in treating the acne model than marigold or myrrh (as well as plain alcohol), and also produced better results than benzoyl peroxide at standard concentrations used in over-the-counter acne products for Propionibacterium acnes. (2012 a group of Leeds Metropolitan University researchers at the Society for General Microbiology) Thyme effectively fights acne, by killing off the Propionibacterium acnes strain of bacteria, which also lead to whiteheads, pimples, pustules, and acne cysts.

Thyme has yeast-inhibiting and yeast killing properties.  (2018 journal Molecules)

Thyme essential oil to treat acne breakouts, by adding 10-12 drops of it for every 1 ounce (30 ml) of carrier oil, and apply to the affected area.

Dip a cotton ball in thyme tea, and apply it on the acne. You can also mix this tea with tea tree oil and use it as a facial cleanser to prevent acne breakouts.

1)In the case of vagi*al yeast infections, soak a tampon in a mixture of 3 drops of thyme oil and a tablespoon of liquefied virgin coconut oil

2)Leave it in the vagi*a for an hour.

3)Repeat daily.

Here is a simple way to create a thyme-based skin treatment gel at home:

1)Add 2 or 3 drops of thyme essential oil to 2 tablespoons of aloe vera gel.

2)Apply to the skin and leave it on for 20 to 30 minutes.

3)Do this once daily for a few days to treat acne and fungal outbreaks.  The oil is gentle, so it is usually safe for use for all skin types.

Works as a Natural Mosquito Repellent(B2, C)

Thyme oil repels insect pests such as mosquitoes, fleas, and lice. A 5 percent thyme oil provided a 91 percent protection rate from mosquitoes when applied to the skin of hairless mice.  (2006 study published in the Journal of the American Mosquito Control Association)

A thyme-based insect repellent spray. Here is how: In a 2-ounce empty spray bottle, add

1)1½ tablespoons of distilled water

2)1 teaspoon of carrier oil such as coconut oil or olive oil,

3)1 teaspoon of witch hazel,

4)15-25 drops of thyme essential oil.

5)Shake well before spraying on your skin.[19]

Relieves Muscle Spasms(B6, Fe, Mg, Se)

The plant itself is a good source of magnesium which both prevents and eliminates cramps thanks to its normalizing effect on the function of both muscle and nerves. B6 is important to several chemical reactions in the body, including releasing glucose to muscles.

Polyphenolic compounds, which have anti-inflammatory properties.

Thyme tea is often recommended for treating premenstrual syndrome (PMS) as well as menstrual cramps. Most people find relief by consuming 1 to 4 cups of thyme tea a day.

You can also mix 2 or 3 drops of thyme oil with 2 tablespoons of sesame oil or olive oil, and use the oil blend to massage the affected area to help ease spasms.

Prevents Cancer(A, C, E, Se)

Thyme, of the mint family, doubles up as a natural cancer fighter. As one study found, thyme essential oil was toxic to lung carcinoma, prostate carcinoma (2012 Long island University study), ovarian, brain, mouth, and breast cancer cells (2010 study). Carvacrol, a prominent compound in thyme, may be responsible for this anticancer activity. Carvacrol is demonstrating some excellent early signs of potential and has piqued the interest of the scientific community more than many other natural remedies have managed.

Reduces Inflammation And Pain(C)

When we suffer an injury of some sort, it needs to be mediated by chemical compounds in order for our brains to perceive this pain. One of the main chemical mediators is an enzyme named cyclooxygenase that facilitates localized inflammation in an attempt to quarantine the area of origin.

Thyme is also able to suppress the level of this enzyme (abbreviated as COX) by as much as 80%, greatly reducing the pain and tenderness we feel.

Thyme can either be consumed or made in a topical application and used on the area where you are feeling the pain. This concoction may also be useful for everyday aches and pains, such as muscular and joint pain.
Inflammation and infection can be fought with a poultice of thyme.

1)Use dried thyme and water to make a thick paste.

2)Spread it on a small fabric and apply the herb directly to the affected area.

3)Hold or tie in place.

Digestive Tract Wellbeing

It reduces bloating from malabsorption, can relieve pain, and uncomfortable stomach cramps. Carvacrol can benefit your health is its powerful effect against harmful bacteria. Carvacrol is able to destroy or at least inhibit the growth of numerous known pathogens that can produce dangerous toxins in the stomach. It has the ability to damage the integrity of the bacterial cell membrane which inhibits the effectiveness of the bacteria and prevents it from growing.

Carvacrol helps to balance one’s digestive system is strong and a healthy digestive system is linked to overall well-being and also better immunity. Studies have found that carvacrol was effective in inhibiting between 97 and 100% of harmful pathogens while its effect on probiotic bacteria was only around a 3 to 5% inhibition.

Eat more of it in your daily foods or try a drop or two of Thyme essential oil.

Food Poisoning Protection

Thyme can even take food that is about to go bad and actively kills the bacteria that begins to fester and can cause food poisoning. Thyme, inhibits the growth of Salmonella typhimurium, Staphylococcus aureus two of three common food-poisoning bacteria that have negative effects.  So reasonably, food prepared with thyme has been observed to take longer to go bad.

Did you know that Carvacrol cleans as effectively as Chlorine?  The carvacrol in Thyme interestingly achieved significant reductions in Salmonella, more than chlorine when cleaning raw, uncooked food such as salad veggies contaminated with Salmonella. You can either rinse the raw foods in a thyme solution or include it as part of your mix.

Thyme oil remedy. It is because thyme oil contains antiparasitic and antimicrobial properties which make it highly effective in treating foodborne illness…. In the Home!

How to use?

  • Add a drop of thyme essential oil to a glass of water
  • Mix the contents and drink
  • Consume the mixture one to two times daily to resolve your trouble

In summary, an inclusion and regular use of small amounts of thyme in meals, prevents the development of diseases and conditions such as cold and fungus, diabetes, asthma, bronchitis, gastritis, pneumonia, cancer, cholesterol, rheumatism, tumor, anemia in children, Alzheimer, mood, and offers pain relief.


Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by.  It shows your interest in health or at least your curiosity.  I am truly enjoying learning more about the powerful benefits of the Herbs and Spices we use in our kitchens.  If you enjoyed this post and learning about Thyme, please press the follow button, like it, and share how it helped you.  If you know someone who could be helped by this information please pass it on.  People are destroyed from a lack of knowledge. (Hosea 4:6)  I’d be very grateful if you’d help it spread the word so that more people can live their best life now free and to the fullest.


SOURCES:

Dr. Axe

Nutrition & You

TOP10Homeremedies

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