Analgesic and antiviral winter spices

Our favorite winter spices not only make mulled wine, compote or fruit soup delicious, but are also important for maintaining our health.

We have summarized the most attractive properties of cloves, cinnamon and star anise!

The effect of cloves

The characteristic smell cloves are also excellent as an anti-inflammatory and analgesic, dried flower buds contain compounds that support the immune system by increasing the number of white blood cells. The dried buds of the flower of the tree “Syzygium aromaticum”, better known as cloves, contain vital trace elements such as calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium and zinc.

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It is also rich in vitamins, as it contains vitamin C, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, folate, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, vitamin A, vitamin E, vitamin D and K -vitamin as well.

What’s in the cinnamon?

Our other winter favorite, cinnamon, is one of the oldest spices known to man. It’s worth noting that Ceylonite is called the “real” cinnamon, most store-bought cheap cinnamon belongs to the cassia variety, of which it is not worth consuming large amounts because it contains coumarin, which can be harmful if overdosed.

Ceylon cinnamon comes from Sri Lanka, where the XIII. It has been used since the 16th century. It has a lot of good features: it is a powerful anti-inflammatory, antihypertensive, antiviral and bactericidal, cures indigestion, helps eliminate cellulite, regulates blood sugar levels and even has an anti-aging effect. Super antioxidant, it also precedes garlic.

Our winter food and drinks are unimaginable without it, in addition to apple juice, plum jam and mulled wine, cinnamon goes well with cereal cakes, smoothies, fruit soups, but also spicy sweet teas, cocoa, coffee and hot chocolate.

Healing spices – how to use them?

The healing effect of star anise

Perhaps less well known than our two spices, star anise (Illicium verum) is one of the best antivirals, as the pharmaceutical industry uses succinic acid extract from star anise to make oseltamivir. is a ingredient in Tamiflu.

What is it good for? Strengthens the immune system, excellent for colds, digestive complaints, rheumatic pain. When consumed as a tea, the easiest way is to choose star anise tea available at herbal stores or pharmacies and drink its brew, but you can also make tea from home using the following procedure. Bring to a boil for approx. 3 dl of water, add a filter black tea and 1 piece of crushed star anise. Allow to stand for 10 to 15 minutes and then filter. The immune-boosting effect can be enhanced by adding a little honey.

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