The Healing Power of Spices [Recipe]

The Healing Power of Spices

Many people accept having to take more medication as a normal part of aging. However, turning to your doctor for a prescription to help with common ailments is not always necessary. Colds, allergies, and headaches are typical examples. You just might have the ingredients you need to feel better already available at home.

If you prefer to avoid prescriptions or over-the-counter remedies, consider turning from the medicine cabinet to your kitchen pantry. We are referring specifically to your spice rack that could just contain the healing properties you need to get over a common illness as quickly as possible. This blog covers common spices that you probably never knew could pull double duty to help improve your health.


Basil is rich in iron, reduces inflammation, helps to improve heart health, can improve breathing when congested, reduces stress, and detoxifies the liver if you have too much to eat or drink. Perhaps most impressive is the fact that basil can help to prevent several types of cancer because it is rich in antioxidants.


For some people with diabetes, it only takes a half teaspoon of cinnamon each day to reduce blood glucose levels. Here are some other health benefits of cinnamon.

  • Several medical research studies have proven that cinnamon reduces a type of cholesterol known as LDL.
  • Cinnamon acts as an anticoagulant, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory property.
  • Eating cinnamon may reduce the incidence of acid reflux or heartburn.
  • Cinnamon can be an effective treatment for urinary tract infections (UTI) and certain viral infections.


Adding cloves to your diet can help to improve your oral health by preventing cavities and toothaches. You can even chew on a clove to help relieve tooth pain while on your way to the dentist. Cloves are also useful for treatment or prevention of the conditions listed below.

  • Stiffness and pain associated with arthritis.
  • Prevention of heart disease due to anti-inflammatory properties.
  • As an alternative treatment for managing antibiotic resistant bacteria.


Ginger can act as a natural appetite stimulant when you are ill and have little desire to eat. The spice provides several additional benefits, including the following:

  • Eating ginger when you have a cold or allergies can clear your sinuses. The spice clears congestion in the nose and throat as well.
  • Ginger helps to reduce nausea and flatulence.
  • Choose ginger to help with stomach cramps or joint pain instead of pain relieving pills.


Perhaps you have heard that eating sage brings you wisdom, and there is some truth to that. Sage is a wisdom spice that can also enhance memory and mood. Medical studies have shown that regular consumption of sage can make it easier to remember details as you get older. People have also reported that this type of spice makes them feel calmer and more alert immediately after eating it. Here are a few other benefits of sage.

  • Can help to improve digestion.
  • Helps to reduce hot flashes and other uncomfortable symptoms of menopause.
  • Can slow the progression of symptoms in people with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.


The active ingredient curcumin in turmeric can prevent the development of some chronic diseases. These include heart disease, hypertension, Type 2 diabetes, and certain types of cancer. If you already have one of these conditions, turmeric may help to improve your symptoms. Curcumin and other ingredients in turmeric have the natural ability to fight seasonal allergies, flu, and the common cold. Turmeric also contains anti-inflammatory properties that can help with joint pain.

To get the most out of life as an active retiree, we encourage you to eat a healthy and balanced diet, get plenty of exercise, and don’t forget the spices. Please reach out to Lakeside Living if we can answer additional questions about our luxury private homes designed for people 55 or better.

Here's a recipe for Golden Milk...a warm and decadent drink that can help treat and prevent colds, coughs, aches and pains...and even insomnia! It's easy to make and a perfect way to end your day - a cup of Golden Milk, a warm blanket and your favorite book.  

Golden Milk

Golden Milk Recipe


1-1/2 Cups non-dairy milk (try unsweetened almond or coconut milk)

1/2 teaspoon turmeric

3/4 teaspoon black pepper or a few whole peppercorns

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon pumpkin spice

1/2 teaspoon cardamom powder

1/4 teaspoon ground ginger (fresh may be used also)

1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon coconut oil (optional)

1-2 teaspoons raw honey or any sweetener of your choice

Steps to Make: 

Bring all ingredients to a boil, and serve hot! Makes 1 serving. 





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