Many of the seasonal treats that we feast on this holiday season have a very healthy aspect. Cloves can be used to flavor roast, ham, and chocolate cookies. The scent of cloves are very aromatic. You can purchase cloves in most grocery stores in the spice department. Cloves or the clove oil is very helpful in treating a toothache. Cloves will help reduce pain and infection. Cloves contain antibacterial properties. Cloves is a good spice to have on hand around all the holiday sweets.
Cinnamon is an extremely popular spice that is used during the holiday season in a lot of desserts. Cinnamon is the main spice that is used in mince pies. Cinnamon is known to improve blood glucose levels in diabetics. Cinnamon is available for use as a dietary supplement in the form of a capsule. Cinnamon has been used in treating cardiovascular disease and it also helps with Alzheimer’s disease. Cinnamon has a wonderful aroma and it can be purchased in powder form at the grocery store. Cinnamon sticks can flavor holiday drinks.
Mistletoe dates back to pre-Roman times and it was used as a medicine during these times. Today in Europe, mistletoe is sold in the form of tea and is used for treating high blood pressure. Caution because there are quite a few species of mistletoe and the American species are poisonous. If in doubt, seek advice from a herbalist or expert. In the United States, people do not make tea with mistletoe, but they kiss under it. When mistletoe is used as a herbal supplement, it can be used in fighting tumors in certain cancers. This supplement can be ordered online. Always seek the advice of a herbalist or your health care provider before using any herb as a supplement.
Ginger has been used in Indian medicine for thousands of years. It can be used to treat rheumatism, arthritis, gas, nausea, vomiting, cold and flu symptoms. Gingerbread and gingerbread cookies are really popular during the holiday season. Ginger is great to have on hand year-round.
Myrrh is a spice that dates back to biblical times. It has astringent and anti-inflammatory properties. It is often an ingredient in toothpaste, mouthwash, and lotion.
Cranberries are really popular from Thanksgiving to New Years. They are often eaten with turkey and dressing. They are helpful in treating urinary tract infections. They are food for the brain and decrease peptic ulcers. They can be purchased fresh, dried, or canned. They are available as a dietary supplement as well.
Chocolate is at the top of everyone’s list. It is known to improve the function of blood vessles. It helps to lower blood pressure. It has anti-cancer properties.
Wine is really favored at Christmas. It is wonderful to have at the holiday table. Red wine is linked to resveratrol. It plays a major role in slowing the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. It also reduces the risk of colorectal cancer.