One of my all time favorites, especially during cold weather is Celestial Seasonings Bengal Spice! It’s chock full of good warming spices such as Cinnamon, Cardamom, Ginger,Cloves, Nutmeg!
This is the first Herbal tea I recommend to new herbal tea drinkers. It’s so flavorful and sweet and makes you warm all over.
So, what is a Warming Spice? They are spices used in cooking or tea brewing that warm the body and improve circulation. There are a number, but my favorites and the ones I use the most are:
Black Pepper, which has antiseptic and antioxidant properties
Cardamom, a member of the Ginger family, is an expectorant, helping to open the respiratory passages.
Cayenne, a member of the Nightshade family, is rich in vitamin C, and helps relieve chills, coughs, and congestion. You can even sprinkle some in your shoes in winter to keep your feet warm.
Cinnamon, a member of the Laurel family, helps dry dampness in the body and warms people who are always cold and suffer from poor circulation. It is an antiseptic and a great digestive!
Garlic, a member of the Lily family, helps fight infection. It is a potent vasodilator and improves circulation by helping to prevent the blood from clumping together.
Ginger, a member of the Zingiberceae Family, is a natural antioxidant and antiseptic. It improves circulation in all parts of the body. Ginger baths are warming, muscle relaxing and cold and flu relieving. Make a Tisane with ginger and add to your bath!
Horseradish, a member of the Mustard family, is high in Vitamin C and aids in the digestion of fatty foods. It is antiseptic and a strong decongestant.
It’s so easy to toss these in whatever you are cooking or brewing. Chai Tea is full of these lovely warming spices. Not garlic. Don’t do that.
These are my go to spices in winter. They keep you going and glowing, warmly in the coldest weather.
We are plunging from being in the 50’s and still wearing shorts to today, which is supposed to drop into the 20’s. We will be using every one of these spices to keep warm!