10 Spices With Health Benefits You Can Start Growing Today

While spices are excellent cooking ingredients, they are also well known for their health-boosting properties. More than that,  they are free and easy to grow in your very own backyard. As we will show you, there are plenty of health-benefit packed spices you can start growing today.

The Prepping Guide recently went into detail about plants with medicinal uses, and now we’ll delve into which spices to grow at home and why they are good for you.

Herbs and spices have been relied upon by generations throughout time, whether it was the Ancient Egyptians, Native Americans, Indigenous Australians, as well as right now with the evidence sitting in your family kitchen cupboard. As time grows and innovations in the kitchen are made, more and more is being discovered about how great these herbs are.

What you might not know about many of these spices is that not only can you use them in your cooking, but they also come with surprising health benefits. So let’s take a look at 10 spices you can start growing in your own garden right now and how they can help your health.

1. Black Pepper – Piper nigrum

Growing Black Pepper – Make holes in the ground, half an inch deep and 1-1.5 inches apart. Put a seed in each hole and cover with soil. Water as often as necessary to keep the soil moist.

Organic Facts states that it reduces the risk of cancer and liver disease. Black pepper also alleviates nasal congestion and asthma.

2. Cinnamon – Cinnamomum zeylanicum

Growing cinnamon and spice health benefits

Growing Cinnamon – Use silica-rich sandy soil to grow the seeds. Water them lightly, and don’t water again until the top of the soil is dry. Prune the tree to maintain a height of 3 to 8 feet.

Cinnamon has properties that help the body fight infections. In addition, FoxyBingo claims cinnamon can help counter high blood pressure and high cholesterol. It’s a superfood that’s good for the heart.

3. Cumin – Cuminum cyminum

Growing Cumin – Put the plant in three to four months of summer weather (29C). Then sow the seed in the spring in rows of well-drained soil two feet apart. Put the seed indoors a month before the last spring frost.

Cumin is packed with iron and helps with weight loss. A teaspoon of ground cumin provides iron amounting to 17.5% of the RDI for adults.

4. Cardamom – Elettaria cardamomum

Growing Cardamom – Bury it under warm hummus soil ⅛-inch deep, and keep it moist. Put it in a pot immediately when you see two leaves sprout out.

Cardamom helps stop cancer cells from spreading. It also relieves a bad stomach, aids in regulating blood pressure and prevents inflammation.

5. Chili Peppers – Capsicum annuum

Growing chilli peppers and chilli health benefits

Growing Chili Peppers – Chilies need to germinate in a warm, airy container. Sow the seeds in a moist compost, and cover it up with vermiculite.

Chili peppers boost metabolism, which helps burn calories. They also keep the blood vessels good and healthy.

6. Ginger – Zingiber officinale

Growing Ginger – One Green Planet advises placing the plant in a container inside your home. They’re not resilient against extremely cold weather, as they are tropical plants.

Ginger is known for alleviating stomach ailments. This particular spice also promotes good digestion.

7. Cayenne Pepper – Capsicum annuum ‘acuminatum’

Growing Cayenne Pepper – These are tropical plants, too. It’s recommended that you put them in pots and keep them sheltered on cold days.

Externally, crushed cayenne pepper can be used topically for sore muscles and joint pain. Internally, they can help detoxify the body.

8. Turmeric – Curcuma longa

Tumeric growing and tumeric spice health benefits

Growing Turmeric – This plant has a high tolerance for hot weather. You can grow it in less shaded parts of your garden, although you need to keep the soil moist.

Turmeric stops swelling, relaxes the stomach, fights off flu and colds, promotes good digestion, and protects the brain from infection. When applied externally, and it can be used to heal cuts.

9. Garlic – Allium sativum

Growing Garlic – Simply bury a clove in soil of any kind and it will grow with little maintenance. Water once a day when it’s sunny.

Garlic aids in keeping the cardiovascular system healthy. Its enzymes also help protect the brain from infection and flush toxic metals out of the body.

10. Black Mustard – Brassica nigra

Growing Black Mustard – Plant the seed, and sow the seeds an inch apart. Once they sprout, spread them away from each other about six inches apart.

This spice helps stop cancer from spreading in the body. It also relieves nasal congestion and helps restore or boost appetite.

Get growing now!

With these spices in mind, you can see how easy it is to grow them in your backyard, and have a sustainable supply of spices and herbs that you can use for your health. So get out in the yard today, and get a head start on growing these spices today.

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