Protect against colds and flu by adding more pumpkin, cinnamon, cloves, allspice, ginger and nutmeg to your diet. Pumpkin pie is a delicious, healthy choice for dessert. Lower in calories and fat than most desserts, pumpkin pie is packed full of vitamins, minerals, and warming medicinal spices to build immunity and help digestion. Warming spices can be added to teas and other recipes including main courses, side dishes, and fruit salads.
Everyone should eat lots of pumpkin, squash, and sweet potatoes when they come into season during late summer and early fall! These orange vegetables are super foods with large quantities of minerals, vitamins, antioxidants, and live enzymes. Choose pumpkin pie for dessert or consider less fattening pumpkin and squash dishes like soups. Visit Good Housekeeping to get the Easiest Ever Pumpkin Soup recipe.
Roasted pumpkin and squash are delicious, are good for digestion, and they build immunity. Try to get plenty of squash, sweet potatoes, pumpkins, cinnamon, cloves, allspice, ginger, and nutmeg into your diet before winter and flu season starts.
Cinnamon, cloves, allspice, ginger, and nutmeg are all warming spices that help build immunity and protect against germs. Use in teas, soups, vegetable dishes, fruit salads, and other recipes. Sprinkle on everything from hot chocolate and toast to baked sweet potatoes. Warming spices add flavor and lots of health benefits to your diet!
Cinnamon, cloves, allspice, ginger, and nutmeg can also help if a cold or flu strikes. They can sooth the worst symptoms and shorten duration of illness. Add cinnamon, clover, and ginger to a cup of chamomile or mint tea. Inhale while sipping and allow the vapors to fill the sinuses.
Cinnamon is a pungent, sweet smelling, warming herb that stimulates the circulation. Cinnamon is used internally to help digestive problems, reduce flatulence, ease cramping, and provide relief from diarrhea. Its warming action is used to treat colds, flu, body aches, arthritis, and rheumatism.
Cloves help to relieve pain, stop nausea, and remove toxins from the body by speeding up digestion. Cloves also help heal inflammation, kill intestinal parasites, and act as an agent against fungus and bacteria. Cloves contain antihistamine properties that help control mucus buildup. Cloves are highly antiseptic and protect against viral infections. Clove essential oil is a well known home remedy for relieving toothache pain.
Allspice is antiseptic and also helps clear the body of mucus. In herbal medicine allspice is used for treating bruises, colds, diarrhea, fatigue, painful spasms, gas, indigestion, and menstrual cramps.
Ginger has expectorant properties that helps keep the lungs clear. Ginger increases perspiration, improves digestion, stimulates liver function, stops nausea, controls vomiting, and relieves coughing spells. It stimulates circulation, relaxes spasms, and relieves pain. Ginger is used internally for motion sickness, nausea, indigestion, morning sickness, colic, abdominal chills, colds, flu, and coughs due to cold.
Nutmeg is used internally to treat diarrhea, dysentery, vomiting, abdominal bloating, indigestion, colic, and respiratory problems. Use sparingly because a little nutmeg goes a long way.
This is a delicious recipe that can be used for pie with crust or alone as a custard. Cut one pie pumpkin in half and remove the seeds and stringy pulp. Place upside down in an oven proof dish and bake until tender. Cool, remove tough outer skin, and mash like potatoes (an electric mixer works). For each cup of mashed pumpkin, add a fresh egg, a pinch or two of salt, sugar to taste, around a quarter cup of evaporated milk (or half and half), a splash of vanilla flavoring, one teaspoon of ground cinnamon, a quarter teaspoon of ground cloves, a quarter teaspoon of ground ginger, a quarter teaspoon of ground allspice, and an eighth teaspoon of ground nutmeg. Miniature marshmallows, cream cheese, maple syrup, chia seeds, pecans, or other nuts can also be added if desired. Stir well and bake in a pie shell or buttered casserole dish until set like Jell-O. Serve with whipped cream for dessert or plain as a side dish.
* Do not consume warming spices if you have ulcers. Always consult with your healthcare provider before using any herbal remedy especially if pregnant, nursing, or taking other medicines.
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