Did you know that there are seven everyday spices you likely have in your house right now that are the simplest, least expensive home remedy to keep you healthy all winter long?

They can be your secret weapon and first defense when anyone around you gets sick or at the first sign of feeling under the weather yourself.

Different spices have different immune-boosting properties, and they actually work better when combined.

Heating them up releases their nutritive properties for greater potency.

So, what are the seven super stars for today?

1: Turmeric has an immune-modulating effect, because it is detoxifying and supportive to the liver. It will help you scavenge free radicals and toxins that could be bringing you down.

2: Freshly ground black pepper increases vigor by reaching deeper tissues (and when combined with turmeric, absorption of turmeric is increased three-fold). Black pepper is heating to the body to help deepen the affect of the rest of the spices.

3: Cumin enhances digestion and increases the bioavailability of the other five spices. Cumin stimulates the pancreas to produce more pancreatic enzymes improving digestion tremendously.

4: Coriander is exceptionally high in vitamin C, a natural antibacterial and detox spice that chelates metals, aids in liver function, and helps improve digestion. Coriander works better when combined with fennel.

5: Fennel stimulates the secretion of digestive and gastric juices, while reducing inflammation of the stomach and intestines, and facilitating proper absorption of nutrients from the food. It is your best spice to alleviate constipation.

6: Ginger contains natural anti-inflammatory properties, helps kill bad bacteria and viruses, combats cold and fever, and inhibits the production of cytokines (which cause pain and swelling).

7: Cinnamon is rich in plant compounds that inhibit bacterial growth and stabilize blood sugar. You’ll want to make sure you’re using real cinnamon, which is called Ceylon cinnamon. This is the true cinnamon spice that has a profound healing effect for diabetics and those struggling with weight and cholesterol issues. It’s native to Sri Lanka and comes from the plant Cinnamomum Zeylanicum.

In contrast is Cassia cinnamon found on most grocery store shelves. This is not an effective food as medicine spice and comes from a completely different plant called Cinnamomum Cassia, so please don’t skimp on your spice quality!

You can see, combining the power of all of these spices together provides a solid defense to keep you healthy and strong.

It’s the measurements and the synergy of how the spices all work together that will add a shot of health to every organ and gland and boost your immunity to keep you above the bugs that are dragging everyone else down.

Heat 1-teaspoon spice mixture with 1-tablespoon ghee or butter on medium-high heat, until the mixture releases an aroma.

Remove from the heat immediately. Add to cooked brown rice, soups, fish, chicken, salads, vegetables, or any other savory food.

What do you think, easy enough? Post a comment below and let us know if you’re game to try it!