Spices and herbs have been used in Ancient Egypt, China, India, Greece and Rome , Arab, Europe for thousands of years for both culinary and health purposes.
Ancient Egypt: Historically, culinary spices and herbs have been used as food preservatives and for their health- enhancing properties. Ancient Egypt in1555 BC classified coriander, fennel, juniper, cumin, garlic and thyme as health promoting spices. Records from that time also note that laborers who constructed the Great Pyramid of Cheops consumed onion and garlic as a means to promote health.
Ancient China: Early on, nutmeg and cloves from Moluccas were brought to China. Anecdotal evidence suggests that Chinese courtiers in the 3rd century BC carried cloves in their mouths so their breath was sweet when addressing the emperor. Starting 1st century people used spices and herbs for healing purposes.
Ancient India: Spices such as : Ginger, black pepper, cumin, mustard seed, cardamom , turmeric, cinnamon were used in Ancient Herbal Medicines for different health benefits.ancient surgeon (around 4th century BC) applied a poultice from sesame to postoperative wounds which may have acted as an antiseptic. In Ayurvedic medicine, spices such as cloves and cardamom were wrapped in betel-nut leaves and chewed after meals to increase the flow of saliva and aid digestion.
Ancient Greece and Rome: Spices and herbs played an important role in ancient Greek medical science. Hippocrates (460-377 BC), wrote about spices and herbs, including saffron, cinnamon, thyme, coriander, mint, and marjoram. He noted that great care should be given to the preparation of herbs for medical use. Of the 400 herbal remedies utilized by Hippocrates, at least half are in use today. The Romans were extravagant users of spices and herbs. Spice-flavored wines were used in ancient Rome and spice-scented balms and oils were popular for use after the bath. Since spices were considered to have health properties, they were also used in poultices and healing plasters.
Ancient Middle East: Arabians spun great tales about how they obtained the spices in order to keep their resource value high. They continued to keep the origins secret for several centuries from both Ancient Greek and Ancient Roman civilizations until about the 1st century AD,The Mohammedans were outstanding scientists for their time. They advanced the process of extracting flower scents from blossoms and herbs and created distillation techniques to distill essential oils from aromatic plants
Europe: European apothecaries used Asian spices (e.g., ginger, pepper, nutmeg, cinnamon, saffron, cardamom) as well as herbs in their remedies and elixirs. The remedies were largely based on the Arabian medical teachings.The original spices and peppers helped launch the apothecaries and later became medical practitioners. Some common medical practices included placing sponges soaked with cinnamon and clove extracts under patients noses, sterilizing rooms with sage smoke, and prescribing saffron, garlic soup, and juniper wine for health benefits.
Modern Spice Usage: Today, people are increasingly interested in enjoying spices and herbs for health benefits. As research is progressing, more evidence is supporting some of the anecdotal information supplied by our ancestors.
Modern Herbal Remedies: Today, herbal (remedy) makes use of traditional treatments as well as standardized herbal extracts. Plants are being assessed for their pharmacological qualities as knowledge grows. Individuals are better able to care for themselves.
Herbal remedies lets you avoid pharmaceuticals unless you truly need them: Drugs often come with unpleasant or dangerous side effects, while herbal medicine (remedies) provide gentler relief. If you do not need antibiotics for a particular nasty infection, it will work better if you haven’t previously been taking antibiotics for every minor runny nose, cold, cough.
Plant based remedies cost less and effective on body, mind and environment
Botanical help you feel healthier, naturally: Many natural remedies offer multiple benefits so you feel healthier (mentally and physically) while obtaining relief from upset stomach, sore muscles, cramps.
Many natural remedies are family friendly : Many herbs are safe for the whole family to use.
The Science behind the Remedies: We have learnt that many herbs and spices form a basis for some common remedies. Here’s an essential explanation of what’s at work when you use natural herbal remedies.
Gastrointestinal Health: Minor digestive complaints such as indigestion and nausea often respond well to herbal remedies. A cup of Peppermint tea or Peppermint extract is all we need sometimes to help you feel more comfortable.
Immune function, Infection and Inflammation: Echinacea is an example of an immune-stimulant that help prevent infection. ( I immediately start giving Echinacea drops to my children when I see any sign of feverishness, uneasiness, drippy nose or any sign of sickness etc. ) The Sickness stops to get worse and boost the immune system to do its job. Ginseng is believed to restore and enhance well-being is believed to boost energy, lower blood sugar and cholesterol levels, reduce stress, promote relaxation. Ginger & Turmeric are well known to reduce inflammation
Musculoskeletal Discomfort: Minor sprains, sore muscles and painful joints can be targeted with herb or combination of herbs like Calendula, Witch Hazel and Capsicum, Lemongrass, Peppermint, Marjoram which also provide soothing comfort.
Reproductive Health: Premenstrual syndrome (PMS), menopause symptoms, morning sickness are often easier to manage with simple herbs such as Ginger, Peppermint, Lavender.
Respiratory Health: Sore throat, colds, cough these irritation often respond well to herbal remedies such as Echinacea, Ginger, Lavender, Lemon, Thyme, and Eucalyptus.