Spices are used at the same time as herbs, foods and spices. It can be buds (cloves), fruit (star anise, vanilla), seeds (fennel, cumin), berries (juniper, black pepper), leaves (laurel), bark (cinnamon) or stigmas (saffron). ). Not to mention the many spice mixes that exist around the world.
Here are the 10 spices for digestion that you should have at home and consume regularly.
Spices for digestion. What other benefits do they have?
anise: in case of respiratory diseases and as an aphrodisiac.
Star anise: in case of joint pain and to alleviate the conditions specific to the cold season.
Cinnamon: detoxifying, used in case of diarrhea, ENT disorders.
Cardamom: as a tonic in case of respiratory and urinary disorders.
Coriander: tonic, analgesic, anti-infective, anxiolytic and sleeping pill.
turmeric: beneficial for the gallbladder, anti-inflammatory, analgesic, antibacterial and stimulant.
ginger: prevents digestive disorders, is also antiemetic, anti-inflammatory and stimulant.
cloves: strong anti-infective, stimulant, sedative and analgesic.
Nutmeg: sedative, antiseptic, analgesic, tonic, aphrodisiac, antidiarrheal.
Black pepper: in case of respiratory diseases, stimulant, analgesic, aphrodisiac, detoxifier.
Medicinal plants as spices
While spices are known for their medicinal, spice, and food uses, it is less well known that some herbs can also be used as spices. We mention the clove (with the aroma of cloves), the boldoul, the shepherd’s purse or the hops.
Use of spices
Spices can be used as medicinal plants, while giving the opportunity to take advantage of their interesting properties.
In the form of an infusion: depending on the spice, between a few threads and a teaspoon in 150 ml of boiling water, alone or in combination with other plants.
For external use: in the form of decongestant inhalations (cardamom) or antiseptic mouthwash (cloves).
As an alcoholic or oily macerate: soak aniseed or fennel seeds in alcohol to make a diogestive or vanilla drink in sesame oil to obtain a nourishing and soothing massage oil.
In the form of essential oil (to be used with caution) orally (dill, cinnamon, cloves) in the skin (turmeric, bay leaf, basil) or in the form of aerosols (juniper, cardamom, ginger).
In a pot-pourri: spices (nutmeg, cinnamon) plus citrus peels, rose petals.
Rare or little known spices
There are many rare or little known spices with medicinal properties that will add a new color to your kitchen: for example, dracila, ferula, paradise grains, myrtle, turkey, annatto or schisandra.
Culinary tricks to consume more spices
In a soup: let the spice infuse, then remove before serving.
In tart dough, cakes, pancakes, bread
To make a glaze, a custard, a foam, a whipped cream, a flavored butter: let the spice infuse or soak in the fat.
Sprinkle a suitable spice mixture over the meat or fish before setting on fire.
Steam the vegetables with spices (with a spice infusion)
The seeds of certain plants are also considered spices, such as sesame, blackberry or poppy. In other plants, the role of flavoring agent is fulfilled by the edible fruit, for example hot peppers, cocoa or peanuts.