Herbs and spices have long been used to add value. In ancient times, spices were used as much as for their medicinal properties as they were for their flavors. They were also extremely valuable currency. Now, during this pandemic, herbs and spices have become more valuable in a different way…our health.
Although evidence is limited, some specific herbs and spices have helped relieve congestion symptoms. In a 2010 study of herb and essential oil effectiveness against viral infections, an essential oil spray containing peppermint, eucalyptus, oregano, and rosemary was applied to participants five times a day for 3 days.
At the end of the study, the researchers concluded that the essential oil spray was effective at improving upper respiratory symptoms immediately after use.
Here are some spices that research has proven to attack the mucus, thin it out and even sometimes help it drain from the body:
Also known as elaichi, cardamom’s small green pods are rich sources of minerals and antioxidants that aid in blood detoxification and resolve digestive issues.
The aromatic spice also contains vitamin C and other essential nutrients to help protect against viral infections and the formation of mucus in your body.
This is a warm spice and can be added to your sweet and savory food items to boost their flavors. It has strong antibacterial properties that help boost the immune system.
A cup of hot milk with nutmeg powder, a few drops of honey, and crushed cardamom are packed with antiviral properties and has the ability to kill viruses that cause sniffles and sore throats.
When you think of cinnamon, don’t think of it as an added spice to some of your favorite sweets and desserts.
It is used for that, but cinnamon is