Exploring the health benefits of Spices & Medicinal Herbs. Spices aren't just the secret ingredients in your favourite recipes; they're also nature's potent healers, offering a treasure trove of health benefits that have been cherished for centuries. Beyond tantalizing taste buds, these culinary gems pack a punch when it comes to boosting your well-being.
March is Spice Month at Nancy’s Nifty Nook! Get 20% off the already low prices on over 100 spices & Medicinal Herbs. Stop by the store located at 152 Holland Street E. to explore the many different spices available.
We carry Medicinal Herbs which have different uses. A basic look at what these herbs do follows but for more info, drop into Nancy’s and read more about these products…
BURDOCK ROOT: diuretic; helps with skin diseases such as psoriasis & eczema
CALENDULA PETALS: reduces inflammation; soothes sunburns and safe for diaper rash
CHAMOMILE FLOWERS: eases menstrual cramps & muscle spasms; helps loosen nasal passages when suffering from a cold; relaxes one for sleeping
DANDELION ROOT & LEAVES: diuretic, laxative; a bitter tonic; good tonic for liver & gallbladder; research has been done to prove that it may help cancer patients; anti-rheumatic
HAWTHORNE BERRIES: helps with High Blood Pressure.
Bring to a boil for 5 minutes:
6 cups water
6-8 hawthorne berries
4-5 slices fresh ginger root.
Turn off or leave on simmer for 3 minutes.
Add 1 tsp honey and drink
HIBISCUS FLOWERS: .good source of Vitamin C
LAVENDER: helps prevent gas; can be used as a poultice on wounds; insect repellent (put drops of lavender in your babies bath water to repel mosquitos); can be used in your cooking, preserves and potpourri
LICORICE ROOT: expectorant, demulcent, laxative, anti-inflammatory, helps with coughs & bronchitis…. CAUTION:should not be consumed if you have High Blood Pressure.
MARSHMALLOW ROOT: expels excess fluid & mucus. If you suffer from Kidney Stones, drinking Marshmallow tea will soften the existing stones & help reduce production of new ones. CAUTION: Do Not use if you are anemic as it may lower iron levels.
MILK THISTLE: good for the liver; helps activate & protects liver cells from damage caused by toxins; increases bile flow. CAUTION: check with druggist if on medication.
MULLEIN: great for treatment of coughs, colds, lung congestion, asthma; most well known for treating pulmonary complaints 1 tsp. to 8 Oz boiling water. Steep for 10 minutes. Drink 2 cups daily
NETTLE LEAVES: astringent, diuretic, can help increase breast milk; has been shown to lower blood sugar levels & slightly lower blood pressure
RED CLOVER: anti-spasmodic, expectorant, helps treat skin conditions as it is a blood purifier
ROSEHIPS: good for bladder problems, diarrhea, contains many nutrients, excellent source of VitaminC. CAUTION: Do not use if you are pregnant.
SAGE: known as the cooling herb; antiseptic, antifungal, anti-inflammatory; helps in cases of extreme sweating & reduces lactation. NOTE: we are having trouble getting the dry herbs so may have to substitute with an extract.
SENNA LEAVES: mainly used as a laxative; may cause cramping especially if constipated. Senna should not be used on an ongoing basis as it will cause your bowels to become lazy. For occasional use only. Do not use if you are pregnant or have hemorrhoids.
SLIPPERY ELM BARK: especially useful for someone recuperating after an illness; helps with inflammation of mucus membranes of stomach or bowels.
WHITE WILLOW BARK: is the active ingredient used in aspirin; relieves pain & reduces inflammation; unlike aspirin it will not thin the blood or irritate stomach .
YARROW: can be used as a poultice to staunch wounds & stop bleeding; astringent, diuretic; extremely useful for childhood diseases such as measles, chicken pox
PLEASE NOTE: As with any natural supplement or herb, if you are on any drug you should check with your pharmacist to see if there are any contraindications between your medication & a natural product such as medicinal herbs.