Sesame (sesamum indicum) is an annual flowering herb belonging to the Pedaliaceae family. The plant is thought to have originated in India and the seeds were one of the first crops processed for its flavorful oil. Sesame has been around for a long time and its use as a condiment dates back to Egyptian times.
Cayenne is one of the chili peppers and has been used therapeutically for thousands of years. Cayenne pepper belongs to the genus Capsicum. It was first grown in Central and South America thousands of years ago and now grows naturally in subtropical and tropical climates.
The medicinal properties are derived from the chemical capsaicin (kap-sey–uh-sin), which is the ingredient that gives chili peppers their heat. The more capsaicin present, the hotter the pepper is. Cayenne peppers contain vitamins E, A, C, K, B complex, calcium, manganese, and potassium plus carotenoids which are plant pigments that are powerful antioxidants.
Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) is made from apple juice that is then fermented to hard apple cider. After a second fermentation it becomes ACV. It has many uses for your health and more, and people who like to keep things as natural and chemical-free as possible especially appreciate its benefits.
Parsley is the world’s most popular herb and is native to the Mediterranean. It has been around for thousands of years and was used medicinally before being used for consumption. Today it is grown world-wide for its aromatic edible leaves which may be used fresh or dried in soups, salads and a wide variety of other food dishes such as potatoes, fish, stews, and vegetables. It’s popularly used as a garnish for many dishes.
The spice turmeric (Curcuma longa) is a tuber grown mostly in India. Turmeric has a long history of being used for medicinal purposes, especially in China and India. Curcumin, the major ingredient of turmeric, is what gives the spice its yellow color, and it has very strong anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
Cinnamon is one of the oldest known spices. It comes from the bark of the cinnamon tree, and is grown in many tropical areas, including Java, Burma, China, Southern Asia and throughout South America.
There are two main types of cinnamon:
- Ceylon (Sri Lanka) known as “true” cinnamon, from Sri Lanka
- Cassia (Chinese), from southern China
Xylitol is a natural sweet-tasting alcohol sugar derived from woody, fibrous plant materials, and many fruits and vegetables. Xylitol is used as a sweetener in foods, and it can be used in baking as well.
- Looks and feels like sugar and it tastes good!
- Has 40% fewer calories than sugar
- Can be used by diabetes sufferers as a sugar substitute because of its minimal effect on blood sugar
And it has health benefits as well!
- Improves dental health by actually killing cavity-causing bacteria and inhibiting plaque and is added to candy and chewing gum to prevent tooth decay
- When added to a nasal spray, it aids in the clearing of mucous reducing the incidence of sinus and upper respiratory infections
- It has been shown to reduce the incidence of middle ear infections in children
- Possibly strengthening bones reducing the risk of osteoporosis
Throw away your sugar and artificial sweeteners – use Xylitol instead!