It’s finally fall. It doesn’t really feel like it here in Texas, but that’s okay. I’ve been putting Pumpkin Spice coconut oil in my coffee at the first sign of a cooler morning. It makes me feel a little more fall-ish to have that in the mornings. So, since it’s fall, I wanted to talk about fall spices that can be used for health purposes while following a low carb or any type of healthy eating plan.
There are a lot of amazing spices that are great to use in the fall, but they aren’t just for taste. Many of them also have excellent health benefits as well. Here are some popular fall spices and different ways they can benefit you.
A popular spice to use in the fall, but also year-round is ginger. Ginger is also becoming more popular as people discover its many healing powers. Ginger can be used as the actual ginger root, which you can shave or grind yourself, or you can get ground ginger to make it a little easier. Ginger is often used for cooking, from adding it to your low carb food for a little spice, to cooking soup or chili with some ground ginger. You can also make ginger tea, which is amazing for nausea and digestion. Aside from helping with your digestive system, ginger is also great for pain and loss of appetite. I personally like to use ginger essential oil in teas and while baking. I also like fresh ginger which can be really strong if you are not a ginger fan. You can get a good ground ginger here.
Who doesn’t love some cinnamon? Cinnamon is probably one of the more popular spices, often combined with sweet flavors for a nice treat. During the fall, it is frequently used to top lattes, made into cookies like gingerbread and snickerdoodle (low carb of course ;)), and is a frequent spice to use in baked goods with pumpkin, nutmeg, and other fall flavors. It also happens to have health benefits, including protecting your heart and helping to prevent diabetes. Cinnamon has a lot of antioxidants, which is always important for general wellness. It can also help to reduce inflammation in the body. My husband is allergic to cinnamon itself. So, if I want to make anything with cinnamon in it, I use cinnamon essential oil. He is not allergic to that, but it kind of freaks him out that he can have cinnamon and breathe, Lol. A good ground option you can get from Amazon is here.
This is a spice you probably use often in the fall when combined with some of these other fall flavors, but don’t realize all of the reasons to use it more often. Cloves can be found in many forms, from getting ground clove in the spice section of the grocery store, to using close oil as an essential oil. Cloves are also anti-inflammatory, similar to cinnamon, so they can help with conditions like arthritis. It also works as a natural antiseptic and can even provide mild numbing. Many people use clove oil on a toothache. You can get clove essential oil here. Or organic ground cloves here.
The last fall spice you should know about is nutmeg. Like cinnamon, it is a frequent spice to be used in fall dishes, especially the baked goods and coffee drinks. This has a taste similar to cinnamon, so there is a lot of versatility when using it. It has been linked to various health benefits, including improving your cognitive function, helping to provide natural pain relief, and reducing indigestion. Some people have also noted its ability to help with insomnia. A good essential nutmeg oil is here. You can also buy ground nutmeg on Amazon here.
I am an avid essential oil fan and use it every chance I get. If you have any questions about it, feel free to contact me. It is important to get a high quality essential oil if you choose to use them, especially if they are going to be digested. Here’s to more fall flavors in the upcoming months. I better start trying to some new fall recipes.
Talk to you soon,
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