It’s difficult but it’s fated. We can’t let go of the glorious robes of summer, where the song sings itself. But a fallen leaf beside my foot was enough to make me realize that summer is now waving goodbye.
In summer, we all want to get the best of refreshing and cooling herbs to keep our ‘agni’ (fire) calm. With fruit martini and summer cocktails floating and pouring, the summer glides away like a dream, and in comes the mellowness of spiky autumn. Clear, yet cold crisp mornings promise us decreasing temperatures ahead, and reckon to start our homework and begin the labor of keeping our body temperatures optimal by making a few food changes on our plates and mugs.
It is recommended to incorporate warming herbs to the diet to reinforce the immune system for better innate defense mechanisms that would help take down the allergies that come with seasonal change.
Here are the 7 most authentic spices you need to add to your autumn pantry list to reap the most of their benefits this season:
The warm aroma and rich golden hue utterly match the frequency of fall. It’s a natural anti-inflammatory agent with antioxidant properties that helps in improving the functions of the immune system. Though widely used in cooking, you can add a teaspoon to your cup of warm milk or teas to seek its warming benefits.
Cinnamon holds a punch of nutrition that helps eliminate the daunting effects of cold and dry fall. You can add its powder to hot cocoa, breakfast muffins, and pancakes, or make lip-smacking cinnamon rolls to obtain the benefits in a delicious way.
These small round dark pods have been spicing up the curries, enriching sauces, and seasoning the meat ever since its advent. You can make its tea, add it to your cinnamon coffee, and up-regulate its use while making savory dishes to fortify your immunity.
The field to play in with nutmeg is spacious and there is nothing that could go wrong with its warm, nutty flavor. You can safely add to your hot chocolates, cheesecakes, french toast, and savory-meaty dishes to detoxify the body and improve blood circulation.
Ginger has a long history of medicinal usage to address a good load of diseases and disorders. It is fervently used during fall and winter to ward off respiratory tract infections and colds/flu. Add it to your soups, teas, dressings, syrups, and desserts to seek its benefits.
The smell of garlic is enough to breathe life into a weakened soul. From garlic bread to garlic chicken, there are plenty of ways to add it to your routine and boost your body’s immunity for better protection from seasonal allergies.
Having some black pepper in your diet can strengthen your immune system which in turn helps in avoiding illnesses. It is usually used as a seasoning agent in stir-fried dishes and sauces but you can add a few drops of its tincture to your teas to reap the concentrated benefits.