The Surprising Health Benefits of Your Favorite Holiday Spices
Jackie Dobrinska | Yoga International | Dec, 2014
Nothing says the holidays like food. As celebrations carry us from Thanksgiving to the New Year, we find great pleasure in traditional dishes that delight the senses. And spices are often the key ingredients. However, spices do more than just add aroma and flavor. They are powerful agents for good health.
Students of yoga and ayurveda know that spices improve our ability to break down and assimilate food. We drink tea made from cumin, coriander, and fennel to promote the digestive fire, or add black pepper to foods that might otherwise weigh us down. The wisdom of proper spicing makes many foods “pleasant to the stomach,” which the Bhagavad Gita says “enhances clarity (sattva), that subtle aspect that brings about the light of wisdom.”
Four holiday spices have similar actions. Cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and ginger are ancient digestive aids, which were also used to preserve food before READ MORE at: