Most of us have our own healing remedies right in our kitchen spice rack.  By spicing up your food you are healing your body and preventing disease.  Below are some common spice and how they can aid in healing or prevent disease while make your food taste yummy!

Turmeric, or Yu Jin, promotes the movement of Qi and Blood to treat pain.  Western research is showing it to be affective in reducing inflammation that causes pain. Add ½ to 1 tsp to your soups.

Cinnamon or Gui Zhi, warms and frees the channels to help with joint, limb pain and painful periods.  Western studies show that cinnamon helps the cells respond to insulin thus regulating blood sugar levels.  Take a stick of cinnamon in hot water to make a warming tea, or mix it with peanut butter and put it on apple slices.

Dried Ginger or Gan Jiang, found in Chinese medical texts dating back to the 4th century BC it was recognize for its anti-nausea properties.  Now modern research has proved that it works.  Researchers found that ginger shuts down a nerve receptor that triggers the vomiting reflex. Add ½ a teaspoon to sesame oils for frying fish to create an Asian inspired flavor.

Nutmeg or Rou Dou Kou, uses its warming and astringing properties to treat diarrhea and pain from distention in the epigastrium and abdomen. Western herbalists note the warming properties help to bring the blood from the center of the body to the skin dispersing blood more evenly thus reducing blood pressure.  Steam 1 head of broccoli and one potato,  puree with ½ cup of butter and ¼ tsp of ground nutmeg.