10 Unusual Uses For Herbs And Spices

10 unusual uses for herbs and spices

Your spice rack is about to get a whole lot more useful. You might use those little jars for making dinner delicious but that isn't all they can do. We've found 10 brilliant uses for your natural spices, besides cooking.

1. Deodorise. 
Place a couple of cloves in a small cotton bag and leave in drawers and wardrobes to fight smells. As an added bonus they'll also repel moths too. Crush a few cloves up and sprinkle on the carpet half an hour before you hoover to freshen up.

2. Sooth aching muscels and joints
Chillis and coriandor make a good rememdy for sore joints. Chillis are thought to have anti-inflammatory properties and also dull your pain receptors making everything hurt a little less.

3. Insect repellant
Plenty of spices act as brilliant insect control. Try cloves, cayenne pepper, sage, rosemary, cinnamon or peppermint to keep little critters out of your home naturally. A bay leaf in your flour, rice and cereal will keep bugs out too.

4. Cleaning
Cream of tartar is a great little cleaner. Add it to lemon juice to clean up ink stains, boil it in stainless steel pans to keep them shiny and use it as a scrub to clean stubborn bathoom dirt.

5. Dandruff
Boil five to ten crushed bay leaves in four cups of water for half an hour and then use it as a soothing rinse for your hair to help get rid of those pesky white flakes.

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6. Gas
While we're talking about bay leaves we thought we should mention that chewing on a leaf may help with flatulance. You're welcome.

7. Gardening
Pour natural salt onto the weeds in your garden and then cover with boiling water. They'll be gone in no time.

8. Aches and pains
Cinnamon oil is an old indian remedy for headaches, toothaches and general pains. In fact cinnamon and cinnamon oil has a multitude of uses from helping control blood sugar level, easing period pain, boosts brain function and settling an upset stomach.

9. Fresh breath
Cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon oil (yes, again) and mint (obviously) are all great ways to freshen your breath naturally. 

10. Upset stomach
Tumeric is great for treating diarrhoea. You can drink it as a herbal tea when you feel your tummy starting to churn. Tumeric is an anticeptic and anti-oxident and is also helpful for fighting off free-radicals.


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  • jo-corrall

    P.S. I made a Love List of some of these brilliantly multi-purpose herbs and spices. You can find it here: http://www.ecomarket.com/love/organic-food/more-than-just-a-spice/29545523/


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  1. Where nettles grow, so do dock leaves (and vice versa). Isn't nature wise?!

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  3. This is a great idea. We were recently talking about growing runner beans from hanging baskets!

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