Spices are the delightfully aromatic plants whose warming scents are a characteristic element of the winter season. Many spices contain similar essential oils but in different proportions. These oils are released through the physical process of grinding, grating or crushing. Here are some spices to try at home.
1.) Allspice: Allspice (Pimenta dioica) comes from the dried berries of a tree native to Jamaica, Mexico and Central America. Allspice is a digestive and carminative due to the volatile oil, eugenol. Similar to other spices containing the oil, allspice also has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.
2.) Cinnamon: is harvested from the inner bark of several trees of the genus Cinnamomum, native to India. Cinnamon’s characteristic taste and smell is due to its primary constituent, cinnamaldehyde, an essential oil. Rich in antioxidants, cinnamon helps reduce free radicals, exhibits anti-inflammatory properties, aids in stabilizing lipids and blood sugar, and may have beneficial effects on neurogenerative diseases.Read more