B Well – other intriguing uses for Herbs & Spices.

tumeric
tumeric

Did you know…..

thyme
thyme
tarragon
tarragon
oregano
oregano
lavender
lavender
ginger
ginger
fenugreek
fenugreek
dill
dill
cumin
cumin
cloves
cloves
bay leaf
bay leaf
anise
anise

Ancient Romans hung Anise plants near their pillows to prevent bad dreams?

Pinning a Bay Leaf to your pillow on the eve of St. Valentine’s Day lets you see your future spouse in a dream.  This according to Elizabethan lore.

Clove oil is a natural pain killer, used for centuries.  In 17th century Britain, cloves were literally worth their weight in gold.  Unfortunately times have changed.

In the Middle Ages, Cumin was believed to keep lovers (and chickens!) from wandering.  **That’s why you should always use cumin in cooking.

Drinking Dill water removes a witch’s spell.  So happy to finally get that bitch witch off my back.

Studies have shown that Fenugreek can increase milk production in nursing mothers by up to 900%.

We all know that Ginger helps to cure a sore throat but ginger is also extremely effective for curing nausea.

Cleopatra wore Lavender perfume while seducing Julius Caesar and Mark Antony.  In the 19th century it was used to cure vipor bites and swooning fits.

Hippocrates used Oregano as an antiseptic.  Ancient Greeks crowned brides and grooms with sprigs of oregano to banish sadness.

Tarragon was believed to cure snake bites.

In the middle ages, Thyme was believed to bring courage to the bearer. Too bad the Lion from Wizard of Oz didn’t know about that.

Tumeric can be used to deter ants in the garden.  I suppose this can also be used in the house but only if you don’t mind your wood floor or carpets dyed a bright yellow.

It’s nice to know about these other ancient purposes but I’ll stick to using them mostly for cooking.

But does anyone know where I can get an Anise plant?

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B Well – time to spice things up!

In the kitchen that is…with the healing properties of spices!

Fall is here and winter is right around the corner so we all need to avoid getting colds.  Spices can help us from getting sick.

If you’re anything like me then you love to cook and eat ethnic foods.  Thai, Italian, Indian and Mexican to name just a few.  For Chinese and Japanese we tend to mostly eat out but you can create some great little dishes at home (more in an upcoming recipe post). It’s fun to experiment.

By Drs. Mehmet Oz & Michael Roizen

WHAT DO SPICY INDIAN CURRY, ZESTY ITALIAN PESTO AND MEXICO’S RICH CHOCOLATE MOLE SAUCE HAVE IN COMMON?  For starters they sure get your taste buds dancing.  But they do a lot more than that.

Tasty ethnic cuisine all-stars like these deliver a heap of phytonutrients that make you younger by avoiding cancer, heart disease, high blood sugar, dementia and more.  Time to visit ethnic street fairs and make creative use out of the herbs and spices hiding in your kitchen cabinet.

 Don’t just eat ethnic sometimes – you can sprinkle more of this good stuff on the foods you eat every day.  Think outside the box, as Dr. Mike does.  He dusts steamed broccoli with cinnamon and spreads bright yellow-mustard (a great source of the super healthy spice tumeric) on everything from celery to grilled salmon.

 Giving your spice rack a workout ranks up there with eating fruit and veggies as “brilliant.”

Take Oregano.  Prized in Italian and Greek cuisine, these tasty little leaves boast 30 times more polyphenols than potatoes, 12 times more than oranges and four times more than that powerful antioxidant called blueberries.  Even a pinch of this herb packs a wallop.  A tablespoon of fresh oregano’s got as much antioxidant power as a medium size apple.

There are others too numerous to mention in this blog but try Tumeric, Cinnamon, Ginger, Garlic and Rosemary for starters.  They are super-spices!

 Our lesson?  Spice things up with whatever you’re cooking tonight.

 *Useful tips: try adding a touch of cinnamon to your coffee in the morning

**Of course to really spice things up you can always wear lingerie while cooking.

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