This is one of the subjects nearest and dearest to my heart, I am a lifelong believer in using food to heal, its safe, its natural, and its much more enjoyable than swallowing a pill. I'm not suggesting you ditch your pills, but you can use food to get extra benefits, and I find its easy to treat children with food, assuming they are up to eating or drinking. Everything I cover here today is safe especially if you stick to the standard culinary amounts - I call them Spice Rack Remedies, although I will also cover some fruit and vegetables too. There's only one rule, don't get to thinking 'if this much is good for you, then this much extra will be really, really good'. One law of medicine is that a small amount of any substance gives a predictable effect, but a large amount of the same substance produces the opposite effect in the same body areas.
What I am talking about here is how to use edible medicine in culinary amounts to assist healing and give comfort.
Nutmeg dietary use helps the digestive tract, can relieve diarrhoea, and is great in the regular diet of people who have rheumatism, arthritis, other inflammatory conditions, and is fabulous for the heart and circulation system, and can assist in the reduction of blood cholesterol levels. Of course eating a dessert containing nutmeg and then drenching it in cream is self defeating, so stick to yummy, natural recipes where the fruit and nutmeg are the star of the show - baked, poached, and stewed fruits are the best.
Oats mmmm I love rolled oats, they give me that healthy glowing feeling immediately because I know how good they make my body feel, mentally I get that head start just thinking about it. Oats are powerfully healing for the muscles, and that means your heart loves oats. Oats reduce bad cholesterol, heal muscle tone, help supply healthy energy and are therefore great for chronic fatigue syndrome and the recuperating, and of course you will have a healthy digestive system with a diet of oats. Oats help sooth the stomach, I eat porridge (Americans say oatmeal I think) when my stomach is burning, and also I am prone to false morning sickness when I get my period, and porridge is the first food I am able to eat and keep.
Paprika very high in vitamin C, this spice is a great stimulant for the immune system, and is great preventative medicine for disease and infection. My favourite recipe for paprika is Hungarian goulash.
Sesame Seed in the diet these will also help lower bad cholesterol. Very good inclusion in the diet for those experiencing anxiety and stress.
Star Anise exellent for digestive complaints and colic, helps promote healthy digestion, and is the secret ingredient in many cough remedies.
Strawberry excellent for high blood pressure, is a super source of vitamin C a powerful anti-oxidant, I would recommend strawberries above oranges for vitamin C and fibre. Herbalists bow to Culpepper, who says that strawberry is healing for the liver, and inflammatory conditions.
Thyme I would recommend thyme in soup or broth for throat infections, cold and flu, and healing after tonsilitis or even surgical tonsil removal.
Turmeric is great for the liver, gall bladder, heart, eczema, psoriasis, and period pain. My favourite use is in curry.
Zucchini culinary use is great for insomnia, heartburn and indigestion, gastro-enteritis, and is being researched for use in dietary control of diabetes.
and if you got through reading all that, well done, I think I know how you feel, I typed it after all! I have had to omit many, many, brilliant and healthy edible medicines, some for the purposes of brevity, some because they are complicated in terms of contraindications for use.... I wanted this to be simple and safe. I will definitely do other posts on this theme in the future.
If you need a recipe for a soup, main, dessert, juice, or smoothie, I am happy to share.