Using Spices to Reconnect to Nature and Improve Your Well-being

Last year, when my husband and I got sick with the COVID virus, I was pleasantly surprised when our physician prescribed a homemade turmeric tea in addition to Paxlovid.  I have continued to make and drink this tea a few times a week since then and I share the recipe below.  Watching the heaping half teaspoons full of ground ginger and cinnamon being added to the turmeric makes me feel more connected to nature.  The wild honey and vanilla bean powder add an extra sweetness and even more health benefits.  Let’s look at what the current research has to say about these spices.


Turmeric has been validated through literature reviews to:

  • Decrease the pain, stiffness, and swelling of arthritis
  • Have anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties
  • Improve inflammation anywhere in the body
  • Improve and support the immune system
  • Have anti-cancer and anti-lipid potential


Cinnamon, the most widely used spice, has been validated through literature reviews to:

  • Stabilize blood sugar
  • Kill bacteria and fungus
  • Reduce inflammation
  • Have anti-tumor and anti-cancer properties
  • Be a source of calcium, magnesium, and potassium as well as vitamins A and C
  • Improve hyperlipidemia
  • Be neuroprotective in Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease
  • Serve as a safe and effective herbicide!




Ginger has been validated through literature reviews to:

  • Have strong anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties
  • Reduce symptoms of chemotherapy such as nausea and vomiting
  • Improve pain and inflammation
  • Decrease colorectal cancer markers
  • Improve metabolic syndrome
  • Support digestive health


Vanilla has been found in the research to:

  • Relieve pain
  • Calm anxiety
  • Improve depression
  • Protect against neurodegeneration
  • Balance blood glucose


Ginger has been validated in the literature to:

  • Have antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties
  • Be effective for healing wounds



Turmeric, cinnamon, ginger, vanilla and honey all have anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.  Given that inflammation is the root cause of most chronic disease, the addition of one or more of these spices to the daily diet could have significant positive impact on health and well-being. In addition, when combined, these spices create a pleasant olfactory and taste experience.  Why not try it and see how you feel?


The Self-Care Solutions newsletter allows you to personalize your approach to health and well-being.  It offers you choices.  Safe choices.  Evidence-based choices. The articles allow you to try on different options and see what works for you. Think of each as an invitation.

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Research links:

Potential role of cinnamon in human health

Cinnamon as a Useful Preventive Substance for the Care of Human and Plant Health

Medicinal and Nutritional Perspective of Cinnamon: A Mini-review

Effects of Cinnamon in Dentistry: A review

Turmeric: Potential Health Benefits

Curcumin, the active substance of turmeric: its effects on health and ways to improve its bioavailability

Effect of Ginger on Inflammatory disease

Ginger on Human Health: A Comprehensive Systematic Review of 109 Randomized Controlled Trials

Ginger from Farmyard to Town: Nutritional and Pharmacological Applications

Vanilla: Potential Health Benefits

Honey Health Benefits




Dr. Ruthann Russo

I love assisting people on their hero’s journey towards self-transformation. A passion which is born comes partly from personal experience – I view my own life as a series of self-transformations. I have 20+ years of education, training and experience, including being the CEO and founder of two health technology start-ups and global wellness consultant to Fortune 100 corporations.

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