2. Culinary herbs and spices with health benefits – Ginger
Ginger’s main benefit is for treating all different types of nausea- whether it is due to motion sickness, chemotherapy, or morning sickness. Studies have shown that ginger can help relieve the pain and inflammation associated with arthritis, muscle soreness, period cramps, bronchitis, and other conditions. So, if you are used to popping a couple of ibuprofens for pain, try having some ginger instead- some studies have shown it to be even more effective than your common pain killer. The gingerols, a main active ingredient in the ginger, have also been shown to have cancer-fighting properties. Ginger is a super food that has long been a tradition in Asia, but it definitely deserves a place in your cabinet as well.
How to Use: A favorite use of ginger is in tea. If you are usually a decaf sort of person, grate, steep, and strain out ginger in boiling water and then add honey and lemon to taste- this creates a delightfully refreshing herbal tea that will rejuvenate. You can also use ginger in foods like a good vegetable or meat stir fry, noodles, or even for an extra punch in baked goods. If you are looking for a slightly healthier candy substitute, ginger can be sugared to make a great anti-nausea substance and satisfy your sweet tooth.