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5 of the World’s Healthiest Spices

Part of homesteading has to be about living a healthy lifestyle. You know the importance of having fresh and healthy food, so you can stave off common avoidable illnesses that are plaguing so many people in the country today. However, you might not have thought about all of the benefits that can come from using certain spaces in your food.Different herbs, plants, and roots can help to increase your health and make all that healthy food taste even better. Let’s look at some of the best options when it comes to spicing up your food. CinnamonMost people like cinnamon quite a bit. However, they probably are not eating it in the healthiest manner possible. After all, a cinnamon roll isn’t exactly good for you. However, there...

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Turmeric (The Spice of Life) Used as a Anti-Inflammatory

 [caption id="attachment_22496" align="alignnone" width="674"] Tumeric is a Spice that Supports Your Body's Astonishing Immune System.[/caption]By NANCY KALISHYour arsenal of home remedies is about to get a lot spicier with these best healing herb. Though herbs have been used for hundreds of years to heal, scientists are finally starting to substantiate these plants' abilities to alleviate arthritis pain, reduce high blood sugar and cholesterol, and help with many other conditions. They're even discovering amazing new powers in the best healing herbs, such as the ability to kill cancer cells and help problem drinkers curb their alcohol intake.Here are some of the powerful healing properties that turmeric carries: Turmeric: Ease arthritis A heaping helping of curry could relieve your pain. That's because turmeric, a spice used in curry, contains curcumin, a...

Top 25 Healing Herbs

Top 25 Healing Herbs

By TIERAONA LOW DOG, MDNature's medicineThere are times when it might be smarter to use an herbal remedy than a pharmaceutical. For example, sometimes a herb offers a safer alternative. Take chamomile: The flowers have been used for centuries as a gentle calmative for young and old alike. It's non-habit-forming and well tolerated, and a study sponsored by the University of Michigan found that chamomile extract had roughly the same efficacy as many prescription sleeping medications when given to adults with insomnia. Likewise, peppermint oil has been shown to be as effective as pharmaceutical drugs for relieving irritable bowel syndrome, but without the ofttimes dangerous side effects. And clinical studies have shown that ginger relieves morning sickness, sage can relieve a sore throat, and hibiscus tea...

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9 Favorite Herbs to Grow for a Delicious Thanksgiving Feast

BY BY KIM GAMEL, ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED ON HOUZZMany favorite recipes for a Thanksgiving dinner call for fresh herbs. But instead of rushing to market to find what you need, wouldn’t it be nice to just step outside your door? Fresh herbs not only pack a more flavorful punch than their dry counterparts, but they are easy to grow in containers. Stock up on your favorite Thanksgiving herbs now to have a fresh supply when it's time to cook your turkey. Many nurseries and even grocery stores have good-sized herb plants in 4-inch pots to put on your patio or a sunny windowsill.Inspired to start a long-term herb patch? You'll also find planting info below to create an outdoor kitchen garden with fall's favorite flavors when...

18 Delicious Edibles You Can Grow Indoors All Winter

by Sierra BrightTowards the end of the fall season, there’s a scramble to wind up the gardening chores. But even as the temperature dips, you can continue your food generating enterprise by shifting the venue indoors.  Most homes are heated to a comfortably warm temperature range of 65 to 75F during winter. This is ideal for growing many vegetables, so the winter cold is not as much of an issue here as low light conditions. Your choice would be limited unless you provide sufficient grow lights to imitate the sunny outdoors.All plants need a minimum amount of light to make food for their own use and some to spare for us. It is important to locate the veggies according to their light requirements. Even a...