Bone broth has been a classic remedy for the common cold and flu for ages. In addition to being a cure for upper respiratory ailments, it also promotes healing, supports digestion, contains highly absorbable minerals, bolsters bone and joint healing, aids in detoxification and supports the immune system. Real bone broth is the best base for any homemade soup — today’s healthy recipe is no exception. I started with a base of chicken bone broth, added pumpkin, coconut milk, turkey, mushrooms, onion and garlic, then amped up the healing properties with seven spices and voilà — 7-Spice Pumpkin Turkey Soup.
7 Medicines Found in Your Spice Cabinet
Spices and herbs often times have more antioxidants than fruits and vegetables. Eating foods rich in antioxidants is an important part of being healthy. However, it’s not just the antioxidant values spices and herbs impart, that make them healthy. Many spices and herbs contain compounds that truly are medicinal.
Celtic Sea Salt
Celtic sea salt stimulates salivation and helps both balance and replenish electrolytes. It also supplies all 82 vital trace minerals which promote optimal function of the cells.
Sage brightens your mood, refreshes your concentration and sharpens your memory. That’s what several scientific studies show sage can do — confirming centuries of traditional use of the spice to improve memory and prevent age-related mental decline.
There are more than 100 varieties of thyme. All those varieties have one thing in common — the oil thymol. Thymol is a powerful antiseptic, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. Garden variety thyme, the one found in most grocery stores, is the most potent source of thymol.
Paprika is rich in vitamin C, a nutrient that is important for keeping our immune system strong. The capsaicin found in paprika has anti-inflammatory properties, which can ease arthritis and joint pain.
Pepper stimulates the taste buds and triggers the pancreas to produce digestive enzymes, helping you digest food better. Pepper also has potent antibacterial powers containing a compound called piperine, which can inhibit bacteria.
Many cultures have a history of using cayenne pepper therapeutically. It has been used extensively for a variety of disease but most notably diarrhea and cramps.
The intense and slightly sweet flavor in nutmeg is from the oil, myristicin, which is actually found in many plants. Animal studies have found myristicin to be an alternative treatment against a range of health complications including high cholesterol, cancer, wrinkles, anxiety, diarrhea and memory loss.