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Food Selection - Spices

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One of the traditions that we have inherited from our ancestors is the use of different spices and herbs in modern cuisine. Housewives use them actively for cooking both special meals and everyday dishes: salads, appetizers, side-dishes, meat and fish. When used correctly and in reasonable doses, spices do not only improve the taste of a favorite dish, but can also positively affect the body.


The use of spices throughout history has given mankind a chance to explore the medicinal properties they normally contain. For example, the antioxidant properties of ginger, turmeric, tormentil, anise, dill, sweet flag and origanum have been known since ancient times. Some of these spices significantly increase the amount of milk that a nursing women can produce. Certain herbs are also quite effective when people suffer from psychosomatic disorders.


In modern medicine, however, the practice of using herbs and spices for their medical properties is not very common. It should be noted that despite the current medical stance that professionals have taken, spices actually do provide a number of benefits. They improve hearing and sight. They also stimulate clear thinking.


Cinnamon is a well-known spice that has wonderful medicinal and culinary properties. The native lands of the cinnamon tree are Ceylon, southwest India and south China. The bark of the tree serves as the spice and it is cut by a knife made of copper. Cinnamon tree bark contains valuable ether oil, and also resin, starch and tannin.


Cinnamon contributes to the improvement of digestion. It also stimulates appetite and strengthens the stomach. Cinnamon is a wonderful remedy against catarrhal diseases, and extracts of cinnamon tree bark suppress are known to suppress the growth of more than 15 malignant bacterium -- including Koch’s bacillus.


Chinese cinnamon eliminates the negative influence of henbane, and if dropped into the eyes it can help prevent cataracts. It dissolves gallstones, cures all kinds of stomach swelling, and even helps treat snake bites.


In Indian medicine, cinnamon (like ginger) is considered to be almost a universal herbal medicine. The main treatise of Tibet medicine, “Tchud-shi,” recommends using cinnamon in combination with other herbs. For example, cinnamon in combination with pomegranate and pepper is an irreplaceable medicine against indigestion, hoarseness, shortness of breath and liver disease.


Cinnamon is widely used in modern cooking. It combines well with cherries, apples and pumpkins. A lot of people are fond of having tea with cinnamon in it. The best advice is to combine useful food with delicious food in order to be healthy.

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