Do you habitually experience bronchitis when you contract a cold? or maybe, laryngitis or tonsillitis?
When words end in “i t i s” — this indicates INFLAMMATION. Perhaps you know someone with some form of arthritis ? Maybe your mom has or had it?
We are surrounded by these conditions to such an extent that many simply feel that it’s inevitable and unavoidable and to put it bluntly, ‘a sign of aging’.
It doesn’t need to be.
Inflammation is a huge topic these days as recent research indicates that there is no longer any doubt that inflammation produces a cascade of events responsible for most chronic diseases including cancer. Often the medical docs jump to a drug treatment and there are times that this is what is needed. There are also instances when alternatives are appropriate, however, in the world of herbs and herbalism and some are as close as your pantry! Many herbs can work on inflammation in a multi–faceted holistic and balanced way without the side effects of drugs. A herbal consult with a practicing herbalist will provide a plan; a process, which, over time, can often find the cause, alleviate symptoms and re-direct the situation.
In our day – to – day lives, we can make healthy choices which start us down a different road — perhaps a road which detours away from chronic inflammatory illness.
I am fond of saying that small choices group together and can create huge outcomes…
With every teaspoon of specific herbs and spices, you are choosing life-enhancing tastes and helping your body to keep inflammation at bay.
‘Kitchen medicine’ should not be overlooked as a supportive, nourishing way to tip the scales in favour of great health!
Which of the following, below, do you already use often?
Explore some new tastes and sprinkle some of these powerful healing herbs and spices on your foods **
Here are the top 15 anti-inflammatory herbs and spices.
- Black Pepper
As indicated by the ‘highlight’ above, Turmeric & Ginger are at the top of the list in terms of ‘strength’. Use them whenever you can –in your meals or as a tea. (see the post “Ginger and Turmeric - A perfect marriage’)
**MORE info to come. Stay tuned!
In herbalism, we have a term, “therapeutic dose”. For example, one can drink a cup of tea and enjoy it, experiencing the great taste and receiving benefit. If, however, one is wanting to take the tea as an herbal medicine, it’s helpful to drink 3-4 cups per day. This is then what is known as “therapeutic dose. If one has a cold and takes ONE dropperful of Echinacea tincture every day ~~ this is fine & dandy but will probably not create the healing affect wanted.
There are ‘therapeutic doses’ in herbal medicine for every herb and every specific herbal remedy.
Ask a trained specialist or take as directed on the product (if you’ve purchased a commercial product)
I normally take my herbal remedies as tea, tincture, infused honey or glycerite. There are times, however, when busy people, or those who are traveling, prefer ‘portable’ non-liquid remedies.
For Turmeric & Ginger, here are some “therapeutic dose” suggestions:
- Turmeric (Curcuma longa): Turmeric IS the yellow color of curry and the standard ‘hot dog’ mustard and has a delicious flavour.Turmeric can be effective for all inflammatory disorders, including arthritis, tendonitis, and auto immune conditions.
Dr Andrew Weil suggests that you take 400 to 600 milligrams of turmeric extract (available in capsules) three times per day or as directed on the product label.
He also says that the full benefit takes two months to develop.
NOTE: Don’t use turmeric if you have gallstones or bile duct dysfunction.
Pregnant women shouldn’t use it without their doctors’ approval.
In very rare cases, extended use can cause heartburn or stomach upset.
- Ginger: (Zingiber officinalis) Fresh ginger is easy to use. Grate it or finely chop it or slice it into ‘coins’. Powdered dry ginger is also an excellent anti-inflammatory. Take one to two capsules (500 to 1,000 mg) twice a day with food. As above, with turmeric, you won’t get the full effect for two months.
Every bite of herbal goodness, big or small, is life-enhancing!
Add to your daily meals and DO experiment. It’s ALL good!
What’s YOUR favourite anti-inflammatory herb or spice??
WHO do you know, who can benefit from this info? Please share.
~ up next ~ some FOODs to ENJOY in the anti-inflammatory category!