Incorporating herbs into the holidays for health

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Putting health in the holidays can seem like a losing battle, but with a little bit of herbal awareness you can sprinkle some cheer on your wellness!

Not only do spices have rich flavor but they also offer many health benefits.  And when winter is howling outside, they can bring just the warmth that is needed.

Here are some of Dr. G’s favorite holiday herbs and inspirational ways they can be used this festive time of year!

Mint

Rich in nutrients, mint can soothe the stomach, aid digestion, ease headaches, and help clear sinuses.  A hot mint tea or a small peppermint candy after a big holiday meal can support the digestive track.

Try: making homemade mint tea or a Peppermint Chocolate Smoothie

Cinnamon

An anti-inflammatory, cinnamon boasts antioxidants that decrease inflammation.  It may also  help stabilize blood sugar.  Sprinkle it on everything from a latte to oatmeal to fruit.

Try: Honey Cinnamon Sweet Potato Cubes or Cinnamon Apple Chips

Ginger

This warming spice supports digestion, calms nausea, and increases circulation for warmth thanks to the phytochemical gingerol.

Try: Gingerbread Loaf or Ginger Tea

Nutmeg

Full of magnesium, potassium, and zinc, nutmeg may decrease inflammation, improve mood, and support sleep.

Try: Spicy Nutmeg Cookies or Sautéed Swiss Chard

Cloves

Cloves offer antioxidants that may help reduce risk of heart disease, cancer, and diabetes and can help fight harmful bacteria.

Try: Sugar and Spice Roasted Squash or Poached Pear with Clove

Love the idea of blending spices together to get even more benefit?

Mix spices together for: hot chocolate, Moroccan-spiced Carrot Hummus, and Winter Lemonade with Ginger and Cloves

The holidays are a wonderful time of year to “spice” up your diet!  The next time you have the chance to sprinkle some herbal goodness on your drink or meal, consider adding one (or more) of your favorites!

For naturopathic healthcare this holiday season including acupuncture, herbal supplements, holistic counseling and massage, please call us at (303) 688-6698 or click here to schedule a free 15 minute phone consultation with Dr. Graves. 

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