Making your own herbal remediesIf you’re going for a healthier lifestyle, you’re probably looking for alternative ways to better your health. Have you ever considered looking into spices that are actually good for you? There are many and they have positive health benefits that come along with the wonderful flavors.

Here are just a few healthy spices you should be sure you’re using:

Cayenne Pepper

The spice with a zing! Many hot, spicy dishes contain cayenne pepper, so some tame tastebuds shy away from it.

But actually, you should embrace it and use it more often. It’s known to increase your fat burning metabolism so you help shed pounds by as much as 25%. (More health info about Cayenne >>)

Ginger

Ginger is calming to your stomach… it’s well known for its ability to lessen the feeling of nausea.  It also helps soothe acid reflux.  It’s good for helping women through the days of morning sickness during pregnancy (I had it all day long for six months!).  It’s also excellent as an aide when suffering from motion sickness. (More about Ginger >>)

Cinnamon

An excellent spice to help aid in diarrhea attacks and upset stomachs. It can also help boost your metabolism a little, which is why many people recommend sprinkling it on your oatmeal to help you rev up your body’s calorie-burning furnace for the day.

Garlic

Garlic can help keep your cholesterol levels in check and it can decrease your blood pressure. It’s also reported to be helpful to those who suffer diabetes. (Garlic is nature’s antibiotic, learn more here >>)

Allspice

Allspice is another healthful spice. It’s a stimulant that can help relieve problems with indigestion and gas.

Mustard

This is an excellent spice for those who suffer from respiratory problems.  It’s another stimulant that is a helpful aid in squashing respiratory ailments.

Peppermint

This is a pleasure-filled spice that is tasty and helps with insomnia.  As an added benefit, it can help with digestive disorders and also bouts of tension. (Check out the full health benefits of Peppermint >>)

Turmeric

This is an antioxidant that defends against free radicals.  It makes for an added asset to fight off certain types of cancer.

Spices are more commonly known to liven up our foods. What most people don’t realize is that there are certain spices that actually help you lead a healthy life while making your food taste good.  The next time you’re planning your dinner menu, think to yourself, “What can I be doing for my health when I spice up our favorite recipes tonight?”

I’m working on updating the “Herbal Cafe” but there are some great recipes already there.

When you use spices, do you ever think about the health benefits they provide?