Brrrr.  When its winter, we want the comfort of extra warmth. Along with keeping socks on your feet, you can stay warm all season by adding certain spices to your food and drinks. Ginger, cardamom and cinnamon are our favorites.

Ginger
A particularly “spicy” spice, ginger has been used for centuries as an anti-inflammatory digestion aid. We recommend picking up some fresh ginger root in the produce section of your local grocery store. It keeps in the refrigerator (unpeeled) for up to three weeks. Grate it into a steamy bath to relax your muscles or let it steep in boiling water with a little honey for a toasty cup of tea. With a microplane grater, it is easy to add to salad dressing, a marinade, or a sauce for an asian flavor.

Cardamom
Cardamom has an essence of orange and cinnamon. It improves blood circulation, especially to the lungs, which makes cardamom helpful for those with colds or asthma. This also gives cardamom its warming qualities. Green cardamom is the highest quality and is best enjoyed as a hot tea or in dishes like curry. Bonus: cardamom also fights bad breath and gum disease. Learn more about its other health benefits here

Cinnamon
Can you think of a more comforting spice than cinnamon? Cinnamon is also known for positive effect on blood circulation as well as the way it can help regulate blood sugar (10 Surprising Health Benefits of Cinnamon). The best thing about cinnamon is its versatility. We love it in everything from oatmeal to chai tea.

 

My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. Psalm 73:26


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