Healing With Herbs and Spices -
Never Tasted So Good!
Herbs and spices have been used for
thousands of years to sustain the health and well-being of
mankind. Their antibiotic and antiseptic properties have
helped to heal wounds and ward off disease, preserve and
flavor food, and cleanse and beautify the body, both inside
and out. Spices were so valued throughout ancient times that
wars were fought over them, and they were traded equally for
gold, making them literally worth their weight in
Today, the value of herbs and spices
continues to grow, as they are taking their place in modern
medicine as a natural curative and preventive for many
ailments. As the health benefits of herbs and spices continue
to be tested and proven, the day may come when you can replace
your medicine cabinet with your spice rack!
Spices .... why Watkins?
Not all spices are created equal. The essential oil content of herbs and spices are what hold
their healing and cleansing powers. The higher the essential
oil content, the better the flavor and quality, and the
greater the health benefits. Watkins uses top quality herbs
and spices which are the highest in essential oil content, and
great care is taken to ensure that these precious oils are
maintained. Other brands may look the same, but the much
higher essential oil content in Watkins herbs and spices
impart more flavor, aroma, and health benefits.
Here are just a few healing herbs
and spices and their benefits to you. (Medicine never tasted
so good! )
Allspice is an antioxidant
that protects against cancer, kills microorganisms and is used
to treat flatulence and relieve indigestion.
- Adding allspice, cinnamon, cloves,
cumin, garlic, onion, oregano, tarragon or thyme to foods
will preserve them and slow spoilage of leftovers.
may help to prevent cancer of the bladder and
prostate. It aids in digestion and is used to treat flatulence
and stomach upset. As an antibiotic, it may help to fight
colds and the flu.
- Keep an open container of Watkins Basil
on hand to keep flies and mosquitoes at bay - they shun its
Pepper stimulates digestion, circulation, and
detoxification. It helps to relieve congestion and
fever, and as an antibiotic, may help to fight colds and the
- In some people, inhaling black pepper
can help to reduce cravings for cigarettes during
withdrawal. (Thanks to Watkins' conviction to quality
and high oil content, they are able to offer the only
"sneeze-proof" black pepper!)
Pepper and other hot peppers boost metabolism
for several hours after they are eaten, increasing calorie
burning. They contain antioxidants that help to prevent
cancer, heart disease, and defend against toxic chemicals.
Regular consumption of hot peppers can improve circulation,
ease flatulence, relieve indigestion, and strengthen the heart
and nervous system. The powdered form is often used to treat
colds and the flu.
Seed helps to lower blood pressure and fights
cancer, and may be useful for treating arthritis by
detoxifying the body and improving circulation to muscles and
phytonutrients that fight cancer and aid in
Cinnamon helps to keep
blood sugar levels steady and aids in digestion by enhancing
breakdown of proteins and fats. It inhibits growth of
bacteria, fungi and viruii, helping to ward off infections,
including colds and the flu, and helps to ease symptoms of
- For diarrhea, mix 1 teaspoon/5 ml.
Watkins Cinnamon into 1 cup/250 ml. of hot water and steep
for 10 to 15 minutes. Strain and drink.
Cloves are antioxidants
which fight cancer, kill microorganisms and can help to
relieve toothache pain.
- Wriggle a whole clove, pointed end
down, next to the tooth to relieve toothache.
Cumin may help to prevent
cancer of the bladder and prostate.
contains flavonoids that fight cancer and aids
boosts the immune system and fights infection.
It also fights cancer, lowers cholesterol and prevents blood
clots, offering protection against heart disease and
Ginger helps to relieve
nausea, including motion sickness, is useful for treating
arthritis, and helps to lower cholesterol and blood pressure.
It can also help to quiet a cough by stimulating mucus
- For prevention and relief of nausea and
cough, pour 1 cup/250 ml. of boiling water over 2
teaspoons/10 ml. of Watkins Ginger and let steep for 10
minutes. Strain and drink.
- Ginger-Cinnamon tea can help to relieve
the discomfort associated with nausea and diarrhea. Mix 1
teaspoon/5 ml. Cinnamon with 1/4 teaspoon/1.25 ml.
Ginger to 1 cup/250 ml. boiling water and steep for
10 minutes. Strain and drink.
Marjoram is effective as an
insecticide and as an antibiotic, and may help to fight colds
and the flu.
Nutmeg is used to ease
Oregano contains flavonoids
and other antioxidants which protect against disease and is
antibacterial and antifungal.
- Adding garlic, cloves, cinnamon,
oregano or sage to hamburger meat or salami can reduce the
presence of E.coli, however, the meat must still be cooked
to prevent food-borne illnesses.
Onions protect against
cancer and heart disease.
cancer-fighting antioxidants and possesses health benefits
similar to cayenne pepper and red pepper.
is an excellent diuretic that is used to ease
bloating, reduce water retention and speed the excretion of
toxins. It is also used to purify the breath.
Flakes increase metabolism and contain the same
health benefits as cayenne pepper.
- For another foot-warming idea,
add Red Pepper Flakes to cornstarch and lightly dust in
your socks. Start with a small amount and increase gradually
until you find the desired temperature.
Rosemary stimulates the
heart and brain, helps to improve vitality and memory, and
fights afternoon fatigue. It can help to prevent some
vasoconstrictor migraines and helps to prevent the growth of
tumors linked to breast cancer.
- Mix 1 teaspoon/5 ml. of Rosemary per cup of hot water or green tea. Strain and
Sage is an antioxidant that
fights cancer and may also help to reduce night sweats due to
- Make a sage infusion by placing 2-3
teaspoons/10 - 15 ml. of Sage in 1 cup/250 ml. hot
water. Cover tightly and steep for at least 20 minutes (or
for several hours). Strain and drink.
flavonoids which fight cancer and help to preserve
Thyme is an antiseptic and
expectorant and can help to dry up nasal passages and
congestion. It aids indigestion by relaxing the smooth muscles
of the gastrointestinal tract and may help to relieve
- Steep 1 - 2 teaspoons/5 - 10 ml.
Thyme in 1 cup/250 ml. boiling water for 10 minutes.
Strain and drink.
Turmeric helps to make
plaque less likely to stick to artery walls, reducing risk of
heart attack. It helps to stimulate the flow of digestive
juices which helps to prevent acid buildup, and is used to
treat arthritis and may help to treat diabetes.
These are just a few of the hundreds of health
benefits found in Watkins Gourmet Herbs and Spices. For the
greatest health benefits, use a variety of Watkins spices
variety is the spice of
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