Cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg are hallmark flavors of fall, but their uses extend far beyond pumpkin pie. Their flavors can perk up all kinds of dishes, and they also have stomach-soothing properties. Adding them to teas can ease nausea, bloating, and cramps, says Andrew Gaeddert, a registered herbalist and author of Healing Digestive Disorders. Here’s how to put these spices to work no matter how you’re feeling:
For hungry tummies Wake up standard tomato sauce with a pinch of ground cinnamon for instant Middle Eastern flair.
For sore tummies Add ground cinnamon (1/16 to 1/8 of a teaspoon for kids, 1/4 teaspoon for adults) to 8 ounces of hot water. Steep 5 minutes, then drink.
For hungry tummies Puree a knob of peeled ginger to add to fruit smoothies or salad dressings for a spicy Asian-flavored kick.
For sore tummies Steep chopped fresh ginger (1 teaspoon for kids; 1 tablespoon for adults) in 8 ounces of hot water for 10 to 15 minutes. Strain, then drink.
For hungry tummies Enhance the earthy flavor in sauteed greens like spinach or Swiss chard with a sprinkle of nutmeg.
For sore tummies Add ground nutmeg (1/4 teaspoon for kids; 1/2 teaspoon for adults) to 8 ounces of hot water. Steep for 10 minutes, then drink.
Reprinted from KIWI Magazine