Settling into Fall brings new scents and flavors. This season we’ll be skipping the pumpkin spice lattes and heading for these herbs and plants that will spice up our Autumn.
A time-honored spice, with it’s name meaning “universal medicine” in Sanskrit, can be used for a variety of medicinal purposes. Ginger has been shown in studies to support peripheral blood flow and aid circulation, and is a sailor’s best friend, as it has had a long history of use for relieving digestive problems such as motion sickness and nausea.
Being the notorious spice of the fall season, cinnamon is teeming with oodles of benefits for your body. Because cinnamon is a warming herb, it can be used to ease aches and pains, especially ones that worsen as the weather gets cooler. You can also combat colds with this superpower spice. Known for its antimicrobial qualities, cinnamon has been studied for its ability to stop the growth of bacteria.
Often referred to, in hundreds of peer-reviewed articles, as a spice that is superior to some medications for various common conditions, turmeric can be used for everything from helping to ease arthritis to support healthy blood glucose levels in diabetes management, as an anti-inflammatory, and as a natural tool for pain management. Curcumin, which is the most active component of turmeric, has a tough time being absorbed into the bloodstream. If consumed with black pepper or a fatty meal, your body will be able to experience the benefits that much faster.
Dried chamomile flowers are one of the most widely used and well-documented herbs. This particular herb has been known to promote relaxation and help with sleep, which is perfect for those who struggle with the days getting shorter, and light coming up later in the morning. The name ‘chamomile’ is derived from the ancient Greek word, chamomaela, which means “earth apple”, making it an appropriate herb to circle back to in Fall.
This plant, like chamomile, is a member of the daisy family, and native to Southeastern Europe. Feverfew is a great herb for headache sufferers to incorporate into their health routine, as there is evidence of its use in ancient Greece to reduce inflammation.
Want to sharpen your memory this season? Rosemary is believed to help memory, so much so that, even today, students in Greece will burn some as they are studying for tests to improve their performance. If you’re looking to incorporate rosemary into your cooking regime, it can add a tasty spark to gamey meat dishes and is used in many Mediterranean-style dishes as well.