Herbs do more than just spice up food. They are nature’s healer. Including them in teas, smoothies and on plates, they promote a healthy and warming glow throughout the body, while providing numerous health benefits, without risky side effects prescription medicine causes.
This list of warming herbs will help you feel cozy while outside and improve circulation throughout your body during the cold winter months:
1. Black pepper: Culinary wise black pepper helps accentuate dishes. As an antispasmodic and anti-arthritic spice, black pepper increases blood flow to provide relief and decrease stiffness of both muscles and joints.
2. Cardamom: Improves mental alertness and enhances the digestibility of starches. Cardamom has a warming effect on the body which helps promote sweat, increase respiratory passage clearing from mucus congestion, and provide headache relief.
3. Cayenne pepper: Is rich in vitamin C and helps relieve chills, coughs and congestion. The high levels of capsicum make cayenne a “naturally occurring vanilloid … linked with increased metabolic rate and core body temperature.”
4. Cinnamon: Helps dry dampness in the body and warms people that are always cold and regularly suffer from poor circulation. Cinnamon is antiseptic and an excellent digestive tonic.
5. Garlic: Helps you become more resistant to infection. Garlic is a potent vasodilator and improves circulation by helping prevent blood from clumping together.
6. Ginger: Is a natural antioxidant and antiseptic. It improves circulation to all parts of the body, helps move stagnation, and reduces inflammation that contributes to stiff achy joints. Ginger baths are warming, muscle relaxing, and cold and flu relieving. Simmer 220grams of ginger in two litres of water at a low boil for twenty minutes, and then strain into the bathtub.
7. Horseradish: Is high in vitamin C and aids in the digestion of fatty foods. Horseradish is antiseptic and helps open congested respiratory passages.