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Stomach-Soothing Spices

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

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