The use of spices dates back to the dawn of time, starting from primitive populations whose intuition allowed them to be used in food preservation thanks to the ability to slow down the decomposition process. During the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, they were highly sought after as exciting foods since thì, coffee or chocolate were not yet known. It was therefore an absolutely precious and expensive commodity, sought in the past also by emperors and pharaohs who distributed ginger, cloves or coriander to their guests at the end of the banquets. Despite the spread of these species, Italian cuisine has never made extensive use of them, ending up replacing them with aromatic herbs.
With their perfume and flavor, these essences lead us to distant paradises, exotic places with bright colors whose populations make extensive use of them. Always considered as real magical essences, spices derive from some varieties of tropical aromatic plants of which the most disparate parts are used depending on the species to be obtained: bark, leaves, fruits, flowers but also tiny dried fruits and subsequently reduced in very fine powder.
Perhaps not everyone knows that spices are not used only in the kitchen, but also in the therapeutic field, so much so that in the past the equivalent of today's pharmacist was called "apothecary". Endowed with infinite virtues and characteristics, these miraculous natural aromas are used to treat various problems as well as reducing the incidence of even lethal diseases. In fact, these are substances rich in antioxidants, mineral salts and vitamins that constitute a real cure-all for our body and our health. The regular use of spices and aromatic herbs is therefore recommended to exploit their therapeutic qualities both in the kitchen and in the preparation of herbal teas and decoctions. Among the main qualities we find in fact anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antipyretic but also tonic, digestive and vasodilator properties.
Treat yourself with spices
The spices present in nature have characteristics that can be consumed regularly and introduced into diets thanks to the total absence of calories. Generally it is recommended to use it instead of salt, a deleterious substance for the health of the organism as it increases water retention and blood pressure. So go ahead with spices to flavor foods, but let's not forget the healing properties. Intestinal problems can be alleviated with the use of anise, with a strong digestive action as well as balsamic, capable of purifying the body and fighting intestinal gas.
The dreaded Helcobacter pylori, the bacterium responsible for gastritis and ulcers, will find its worst enemy in garlic and its incredible potential. At the same time, garlic allows to reduce the level of cholesterol in the blood, in addition to possessing antibacterial and antiviral properties.
In the winter season you can make extensive use of cinnamon to fight colds but also rheumatic pains.
And to fight advancing age? our choice will have to fall on cumin and polyphenols with which it is rich, guaranteeing an anti-aging and antioxidant effect.
Let's not forget the ginger which is comparable in its properties to the action of aspirin, without the related side effects. This spice also has anti-tumor, anti-inflammatory and energizing properties as well as being an effective aid against gallstone nausea.
Do you have to plan a romantic aphrodisiac dinner? just use the chili to make our dishes spicy too. The capsaicin contained in it has significant beneficial effects on our body, including the spraying of blood vessels around the genital area.