Monday, March 11, 2013

Healing Spices for the Body and Spirit

Healing Spices for the Body and Spirit

Spices are not just a great way to bring flavor and aroma to our foods. Spices— like all plants — have certain unique properties. They have physical properties that affect us medicinally—improving our physical health and curing ailments.

They also have a metaphysical property— a power that is a life force and imparts on us certain spiritual vibrations. Next time you’re cooking something up, raid the spice cabinet and add a little spice to your food, and your life.


Something found on just about every spice shelf in America, cinnamon has a pleasant fiery flavor that works well with not only savory but sweet dishes. Diabetics may be happy to know that cinnamon is believed to help reduce blood sugar levels. In Asia the bark of the cinnamon tree has been used to regulate the menstrual cycle and cramping.

Cinnamon is associated with the element of fire and ruled by the planet Venus, also closely associated with the goddess of the same name. Its heady scent is known to relax and release inhibitions and raise lustful vibrations.   Chili Powder

Chili peppers are a source of vitamins A and C, they're high in fiber and potassium and a good source for iron. Adding chili powder in small quantities to your food has been known to boost the immune system and help your body fight off diseases. This is no surprise, as the planet Mars, named for the god of war, governs this plant.

Keep chili powder not only on the shelf to add in small increments to spice up your foods, but also scatter it around the house when you feel you need protection. Just be sure to handle it with extreme care— it can be very volatile and as a skin and eye irritant.


Cumin seeds were prized in ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome and are still found largely in Indian and Mediterranean cuisine. It has a nutty, smokey flavor and is especially delicious on meats. Cumin is a "cool" spice— it’s spicy without adding heat.

Eating it helps rid your body and blood of toxins and impurities so that your bodily systems function more efficiently and your spiritual vibration can rise to a higher level. It's also been used as a stomach cramp remedy. If you want to promote love and fidelity between two people, spice their food or wine with cumin.


Whether you’re smearing it on your sandwich or sprinkling the ground seeds into your stew, mustard was considered by ancient healers to be something of a miracle drug. Mustard is an antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, aids digestion, aids fertility in women, is a mild laxative and stimulates your circulatory system.

It’s been used to treat everything from high blood pressure to insomnia. Mustard has even been found by modern science to help prevent and slow the growth of cancer cells— it contains anti-cancer agents and chemicals like curcumin and selenium. As a spiritual benefit, consuming mustard improves mental clarity and the ability to think.


Popular in southern Asia, turmeric is a gold-yellow spice with a warm, peppery bite to it. Turmeric is hailed for its healing properties by yogis and holistic healers. It is a strong anti-oxidant and can help lower cholesterol. It’s also a natural anti-inflammatory remedy. Some arthritis sufferers swear by adding turmeric to their plate. Turmeric has long been used spiritually for purification—just eating food with some turmeric in it is a spiritually purifying act.

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