Winter Health: 7 Warming Herbs

| 12/11/2009 3:32:21 PM

GinaI don’t know about you, but soup is a winter staple my house. We stock up on a variety of canned soups—rich in potatoes, carrots and beef—whenever they are on sale at our local supermarket. They always warm my husband and me up on frigid days.

According to Brigitte Mars, nutritional consultant from The Huffington Post, herbs and spices can also help improve circulation during winter months. (Click here to read the story.) Mars suggests these seven herbs and spices:

1. Black Pepper. It has antiseptic and antioxidant properties.

2. Cardamom. Early Ayurvedic texts recommended this spice for skin and urinary problems, as well as an aid for digestion. It also helps open the respiratory passages. Try our recipe for Yogurt Apple Pudding with Cardamom.


3. Cayenne. This spice helps relieve chills, coughs and congestion, improves poor circulation and strengthens weak digestion. Take internally, in tincture or capsule form, to invigorate the blood. 

10/17/2014 8:44:25 AM

You are right on about the herbs, but I can't imagine buying canned soups. They are full of salt, sugar, sodium and other unhealthy additives. I have been making my own broth and soups since I was first married. It's really very easy and I now have 4 of 5 favorites that I make on a regular basis. I hope you'll give homemade soup a try. I think you'll love it.