the spice boxI decided to leave my Indian spice box that I have used for 25 years at a client house the other day who I cook for weekly, and this morning I started to fill a new one in my own home, and I started to think back of all the spices my palate has enjoyed.

When I was growing up in England, spices were not just a part of every meal, but our way of life. In India they are also used for everyday healing. My oldest sister (Ramila) cooked with brilliant yellow turmeric powder daily and she also used it for holy prayers and medicinal needs. It seemed like almost every spice in her spice cabinet was a food or a medicine, ginger for stuffy nose, cardamom and cloves for a nasty cough and so forth.

When my son or daughter gets sick I always put a pot of water on the stove and add ginger, cinnamon, honey, cloves and cardamon. I let them drink it warm throughout the day and it really helps.

So here are some of my notes I wanted to share with you with flu season around the corner, let us all try adding some spice to our lives.

TURMERIC-Reduces Inflammation

CORIANDER-Eases Digestive Discomfort
People often confuse coriander with cilantro, because they come from the same plant. But there’s a big difference. Cilantro, an herb, comes from the strongly scented leaves of the coriander plant. And while it is tasty, it’s not nearly as healthful as the spice coriander, which comes from the plant’s sweet, nutty seeds.

FENNEL SEED-Calms Menstrual Cramps

GINGER-Quiets Queasiness

CINNAMON-Balances Blood Sugar