The use of spices and herbs in cooking and preparing food has a very long history. Spices were once used to annul smell of not so fresh food. But today when spices and herbs are no longer as expensive as they once were and when every average household can afford it, it is hard to imagine cooking without them. Spices are added to most savory dishes while cooking to enrich the flavor, or simply as a garnish for the finished dish. Spices can also put you in a better mood. We give you List of spices that are proved to make you feel just a bit happier and of a better mood.
Saffron is well-known and valued as a spice. But according to the latest research saffron is not only tasty spice but helps to alleviate the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome and depression.
In fact, saffron has been used for thousands of years in traditional Persian medicine to lift up the mood, usually as an additive to tea or cooked with rice. Saffron has a similar effect as antidepressants; fluoxetine and imipramine. Saffron works the same way that helps the exemption of serotonin (the happy hormone) in the brain.
Basil is used for the treatment of diseases of the stomach and intestine (stomach catarrh, inflammation of the small intestine, poisoning, poor appetite), bloating symptoms (bloating prevented by the addition of food that causes bloating – pulses), a weak stomach. It is also used to encourage the work function of the stomach, poor motility, spasms of smooth muscle (intestine), and intestinal parasites and also affects the balance of intestinal microflora. It can be taken for depression and neurosis. It helps with fever and loss of smell, skin disorders (acne, rash, skin impurities ), women’s diseases ( stimulates menstruation ). It also helps with Low sex drive, low blood flow ( lower pressure ), strong secretion – catarrh of the stomach, intestines and bronchi, severe headache, high fever and nausea.
Coriander has a gentle and specific sweet taste that reminiscent on a blend of lemon and sage. The leaves are used for culinary porpoises. Dried seeds are added to dishes; whole or ground. Ground coriander has a much more pronounced flavor than fresh coriander.Besides in cooking, coriander is used in medical purposes as well. It is believed that it has antioxidant and antibacterial properties, it helps insomnia, and it is a diuretic, and recent studies show that works well in the treatment of diabetes and increased cholesterol. With all this said; it has an impact on people's mood. It makes us feel happier.Coriander juice strengthens the gums and relieves pain and reduces bleeding.
Cardamom is a shrub. Cardamom grows 1-3 feet tall with bunches of 20-50 cm. It is a small, permanent shrub with spear leaves and short blossoming stalks. It blooms between January and May, and the flowers are green-white or purple. Except as spice, is used in medical purposes and the cosmetics industry, mostly for perfumes. In addition to being a catalyst for romance, cardamom has many medicinal properties. It is used raw.Cardamom extract contains volatile components that help with poor digestion and improve metabolism.
By drinking tea with ground cardamom will alleviate depression; it will make us feel better, it will help to have a happier state of mind. Tea of cardamom and cinnamon helps in cases of sore throat and hoarseness that occurs with colds or flu.
Cinnamon is one of the oldest spices. Modern scientific research suggests that cinnamon is a very useful spice. Cinnamon helps with diseases like gastritis, diabetes, high cholesterol and many other diseases. It is known that cinnamon helps with stress and memory loss. If we smell cinnamon, we can improve brain function and our mood.