Winter is approaching and in the shops you can once again find the usual Christmas time trappings such as gingerbread, cinnamon biscuits etc. Whenever you think of Christmas, your head is filled at once with many different images. Candlelight, a huge table laden with food, a plate of biscuits and a lovely hot cup of tea. You could carry on dreaming like this for ever. But the spices that we use in our Christmas baking are also true secret weapons of nature. They help in a natural way to ease many different complaints and are not stuffed full of chemicals.
Christmas without aniseed? Impossible to imagine for many people. Star anise is a fixed component at Christmas time. But it can do much more!
If you cook the seeds of star anise you have a natural remedy for coughs. The seeds also have antibacterial properties, aid relaxation, act as a diuretic and help to combat bad breath and stomach cramps. If you want to stimulate your digestion after the festive meals, then chewing a few seeds is a great idea.
Cardamom stabilises your heart rhythm and circulatory system as it has a positive effect on the muscles of the heart. The sweet-hot spice also stimulates your digestion and neutralises the toxins in your stomach. Like some other spices it also reduces gastric acid. It is effective for cramps and is therefore a popular remedy for period pain.
This spicy-tasting powder really lends your Christmas baking and gingerbread that special something.
But cloves are also a tried and tested remedy for toothache. Chewing on a clove with the affected tooth is supposed to numb the pain. The oil of the clove also has an antiseptic effect.
The aroma of vanilla is a natural mood booster that enables endorphins to be released. It is also similar to the human sexual hormones and therefore also has an aphrodisiac effect. Vanilla also has a strengthening effect on the muscles and a calming effect on the stomach.
Cinnamon is an essential Christmas spice these days, but it can do much more than simply taste good. The spice is helpful in combating a whole range of stomach complaints. It increases mucous production and limits the development of gastric acid. Cinnamon also helps to stimulate the circulation of the gastric mucosa.
Thanks to its antibacterial properties cinnamon is the perfect remedy for gastrointestinal ailments. Among other things, cinnamon also alleviates cramps and has pain-relieving properties.