Feel Better with Sneaky Spices

These flavor agents are watching out for your health...even when you’re not.
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These flavor agents are watching out for your health...even when you’re not.
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FEEL BETTER FAST

Condition:
You want to kick back with a speakeasy meal of dry martinis and thick lamb chops.

RX:
Slather the chops with ground turmeric. It could bolster your liver function and help relieve your hangover.

Try Indian Spiced Meat with Curried Potato Salad and Creamed Spinach

Condition:
It's that time of month, when you're craving dessert.

RX:
Try one that's loaded with cinnamon. It may make cramps less painful and help regulate that sugar high.

Try Cinnamon-Sugar Buñuelos

Condition:
Sunday supper at Grandma's means plenty of garlicky Italian sausage.

RX:
Ask her to go heavy on the fennel seed. It'll sweeten your breath and may aid your digestion.

Try Grape-Stuffed Sausage Meatballs with Flatbread

WARM UP
Chilled to the bone? Use stimulating herbs to get your temperature rising naturally.
Try This:
Slice fresh ginger into a cup of tea.

Try Get Your C Ginger Lime Tea

And This:
Sprinkle rosemary into soups and stews.

Try Red and Green Winter Stoup

But Not This:
Put cayenne pepper inside socks and gloves.
(This old wives' tale actually does cause a warming sensation on your skin, but it'll make a mess of your winter gear.)

HONEY, PLEASE
Another pantry item with many medicinal properties: honey. It's a natural antibiotic, aids digestion, builds immunity to plant allergies and is jam-packed with a variety of vitamins and nutrients.

Store honey in a cool, dry place. Although it never spoils, honey loses flavor quicker in warm environments (like near the stove).

Pure, raw honey crystallizes before commercial honey. Dissolve the crystals by placing the jar in a warm water bath. -- Brian Frederickson

Try Honey-and-Lemon-Marinated Chicken