One of the simplest ways to practice alternative healing in your life is to use common, everyday herbs. We use herbs and spices like cinnamon, cloves, rosemary, and sage in cooking and baking all the time, but when using them for spiritual reasons, we usually think of carrying pouches of them around instead of turning to their more traditional uses. This doesn’t have to be the case.
I suggest researching the seasonings you already have in the house and use the most in your cooking. Then, when you are adding them to your recipe, whatever it may be, instead of just measuring and pouring, take a second to set the intention that you are using that ingredient for its healing and spiritual purposes along with its flavor. Hold the ingredient in your hand and envision yourself eating the finished product. Then, see yourself benefiting from the effects of that herb or spice positively in the exact way you would like it to help you. Keep this in your mind as you mix it in with the rest of the ingredients. You can also reaffirm this intention right before you are getting ready to dig in to your dish to make it even stronger! There are many websites and books that give natural healing uses for common herbs and ingredients.
Here are some of my favorite ways to “cook with intention”:
Rosemary is great for protection. It can be baked into bread (rosemary bread and also be very easily found at a local grocery store if you are not inclined towards baking) or used in pasta. Boil some of it while the pasta is cooking or add a pinch to marinara sauce. It is also good for health, or protection against bad health.
Sage is best for clearing out any toxins or negativity within you, including physical health or emotional issues. This can be used with pasta, lasagna, or even used to brewed tea.
Salt, of course, can be added to everything. It is mostly used for protection
Cinnamon is my favorite spice to use when I am sick. It is perfect for flu season and along with being a great ingredient in baking, cinnamon can also be added to coffee, tea, or hot chocolate. When at Starbucks and feeling a little ill, I sometimes even add their cinnamon powder to water and drink that to soothe whatever ailment I might have. It may sound odd, but it always works for me. Soaking a stick of cinnamon boiling water or using it to stir coffee is another way to gain the positive effects.
Though usually used in aroma therapy, lavender can also be baked into bread or used in cookies. Lavender is great for ultimate de-stressing and relaxing.
Remember, the important thing with all of the above suggestions, is to set the intention as you add them to your recipe or beverage.
Leave a comment with your favorite herb or spice along with why you use it for our other readers.