You can add flavor to your food, lessen the wrinkles, and even add years to your life with these anti aging spices. There is youth in your spice rack, as long as you know what to store. So read on and find out what secret spices, that aren’t really secret at all, have the key to growing old while feeling young.
Oregano, also known as wild marjoram, is not just a great spice as you can pretty much add it to any dish- meat, fish, soup, what have you, but it is also a really great anti aging herb as well.
Because of it’s rosmarinic acid, oregano is actually anti inflammatory, anti bacterial, anti fungal, anti viral, not to mention that it is a great anti oxidant as well.
So not only will this have you looking younger, but it will actually have you feeling younger too boosting your immunity and keeping you healthy.
Oil of Oregano has tons of great benefits too. You can take it orally to help battle a common cold. It’s vapor is great for sinus infections. You can rub it right on your skin to fight acne, warts, and boils. You can even put it on your hair to help get rid of dandruff.
Garlic is another anti aging great fighting the war against wrinkles. It also boosts your immune system and does wonders for your digestive systems. Because it is also a natural anticoagulant, it is really good for the heart too preventing strokes and hypertension. Garlic can also help people who are dealing with arthritis as well.
The thing about garlic though is that it is usually used when you sauté. However, if you really want to reap all of it’s anti aging benefits, then you better take it raw.
Garlic Facial Mask:
You can also make your very own garlic facial mask for acne. All you need are about 5 cloves of garlic, peeled, minced, and smashed and one table spoon of honey. Mix well then apply on face focusing on where you have your breakouts.
Let it sit for about 10 minutes- it may sting a bit, but that is normal. Then rinse with lukewarm water and pat dry.
Ginger pretty much has the same effects that you can get from garlic, but with a couple more. So, you can pretty much expect it to have anti viral, anti fungal, and anti bacterial properties too. It has over 50 anti oxidants that combat those darn free radicals. Plus, it helps the repair of damaged tissue as well.
But when it comes to looking young, ginger fights fine lines by improving the elasticity of your skin. This will also keep age spots away.
Gingerol, which is one of it’s active ingredients, is even known to prevent cancer.
Ginger Foot Bath
All you need is about two teaspoons of peeled and grated ginger and about one tablespoon of mustard powder. Add both ingredients to hot water in a basin perfect for your feet. Mix. Then simply dip your feet in and soak for about 15 minutes.
When done, rinse off with warm water and pat dry.
Speaking of combating cancer, Turmeric is yet another super spice that will help you win. Aside from that, you can also add arthritis, irritable bowel syndrome, cystic fibrosis, and alzheimers to the list. It is also believed to prevent heart disease and lower cholesterol.
This is all mainly thanks to one of tumeric’s most active ingredients, which is curcumin. But aside from that, you will also get iron, manganese, vitamin B6, and potassium too.
If you are too lazy to make curry, you can easily spice up your rice with tumeric. All you have to do is add one to two tablespoons into your rice water before you cook it and you will have some yummy yellow rice when done.
Cinnamon is another spice that acts as a major antioxidant. By now you probably already know how great that is for your skin. But aside from that, there are tons of other benefits too.
Because it also has anti-inflammatory compounds, it is believed to relieve pain brought on by arthritis. Because of its antibiotic properties, it can prevent UTI, gum disease, and even tooth decay- now that is definitely something to smile about.
You can de-stress and deodorize your place by making some cinnamon potpourri. Just boil some water in a pot and add about 5 sticks or a couple of tablespoons of ground cinnamon and enjoy the rich, homey fragrance.