Spice Up Your Life
Spices enhance the flavor of food and have a warming affect on the digestive system. The warming affect builds digestive strength and allow the absorption of nutrient utilization. There are spices that alleviate chronic conditions and reduce the risks of disease.
For example, garlic has an anti-viral and anti-bacterial agent due to its sulphur agent. Garlic's strong smell is due to allicin which is an anti-septic. It cleanses the blood, lowers high blood pressure and cholesterol. It wards off colds and flu. Clears eye infection when rubbed on the area. Treats asthma...
The top immune stimulating spices are curry powder, turmeric, garlic, rosemary, lemon peel, thyme, cayenne pepper, ginger, and sage. These spices also lower cholesterol and are great antioxidants.
Most spices can be purchased as either ground or whole form. Spices contain essential oils which give them their wonderful aroma and much of their flavor. If spices are exposed to light, heat or air the essential oils evaporate. Fresh organic spices are the best tasting and are the best for you health wise.
Spices should be stored in a cool, dry, dark place. As heat, air and light rob the spice of its flavor. Spices stored in tightly closed jars will last longest. If no aroma is present the seasoning needs to be replaced.
Shelf Life of spices if stored properly:
Whole Spice will usually last two to five years.
Ground Spice will usually last six months to two years.