What is lurking in your spice rack or pantry that has healing powers?? This is a brief list of items, compiled by the late Victoria Fortner, that can be more useful than just to flavor your cooking!

ANISE – Breaks up mucus, helps stop flatulence. Make into a tea with honey.

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Fresh cut basil plant. [image source]

BASIL – Good for indigestion, fevers, colds, flu, kidney and bladder problems, headaches, cramps, nausea, vomiting, constipation. Use as a tea.

BLACK PEPPER – When ground and mixed with honey, good for colds and sore throats.

CARAWAY – Good for digestion, eat the seed or make a tea.

CARDAMOM – Good for digestion, diarrhea, and headaches. Make a tea or heat in milk with honey and black pepper.

cayenne pepper

Cayenne pepper. [image source]

CAYENNE – Great for almost everything! Use ground in cuts and burns as an astringent, antispasmodic and painkiller. Taken internally it stimulates the heart and circulation, helps prevent heart attack, strokes, colds and flues and arthritis. Used as an oil topically, it helps sore joints. Combined with plantain, it will draw out foreign objects.

CINNAMON – Great for chronic diarrhea – approx. 1/4 tsp. in warm milk with honey will do the trick. Good in general for flatulence and indigestion.

CLOVES – One bud of cloves under the tongue will stop nausea and vomiting.

FENNEL – Chewing a small handful of seeds will aid in digestion, stop gas and act as a diuretic.

FENUGREEK – Stops inflammation of stomach and intestines, also good for lungs and mucus congestion. Can be taken as a tea.

GARLIC – Helps prevent colds, lower blood pressure, acts as an antibiotic and antiparasitic. Love your friends and family – get the odorless capsules.

GINGER – Great for stomach, intestines and circulation. Stops indigestion and nausea, reduces fever. Can be eaten fresh, candied, in teas or warm milk.

SAGE – Good in cases of colds and flues. Can stop the flow of milk. Use as a tea. Use with caution during pregnancy.

SAFFRON – Will help stop bleeding. Use sparingly, heat in milk with honey.

THYME – Can be used as an antiparasitic and for bronchial problems made as a tea. Topically as a tincture or oil can help stop fungal infections.

A Pile of Fresh Turmeric Roots

Fresh Turmeric root [image source]

TURMERIC – Often referred to as an herbal aspirin; tissue injuries or irritations, infections, fevers, allergies, sinusitis, gastritis, colitis, hepatitis, kidney disease, arthritis, dermatitis, phlebitis, tuberculosis, and autoimmune disorders. Dissolves blood clots and arrests bleeding. Purifies blood and relieves pain. To relieve menstrual cramps heat 1 tsp. turmeric powder and 1 tsp almond oil in 1 cup warm milk.

Kerry Brock, Certified Herbalist and owner at Shawnee Moon, is a researcher of plants, an eater of herbs, a drinker of coffee and a formulator of remedies. She keeps busy trying out pinterest diy’s and often failing at cooking in her backwoods home in rural southeast Missouri with her fantastic husband, Davy, two dogs, an assortment of cats and a unbelievably supportive family near by.


The information contained in this post is for educational purposes only; it is not intended to treat, diagnose or cure disease. It is simply for use in the maintenance and promotion of good health in cooperation with a licensed medical practitioner. Kerry Brock and Shawnee Moon are not licensed to treat or diagnose disease. Consult with your physician for diagnosis or treatment. By using this information you agree that the decisions regarding your health are your own responsibility and understand that Kerry Brock and Shawnee Moon are not liable for your health decisions.

Continued reading:

Prescription for Nutritional Healing James & Phyllis Balch, Weiner’s Herbal Michael Weiner, The New Age Herbalist Richard Mabey The Way of Herbs Michael Tierra, The Scientific Validation of Herbal Medicine Daniel Mowery, Earl Mindell’s Herb Bible Earl Mindell, Victoria Fortner, The School of Natural Healing Dr. John Christopher, Back to Eden Jethro Kloss, The Complete Medicinal Herbal Penelope Ody, A Modern Herbal Mrs. M. Greieve, The Complete Illustrated Holistic Herbal David Hoffmann, The Green Pharmacy James A. Duke, Ph.D., 20,000 Secrets of Tea Victoria Zak, The Herb Book John Lust, Various informative websites containing herbal and health information, including Wikipedia.

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