Winter spices offer health benefits

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Many of the spices in your kitchen cabinet can give your health a boost.

The warmth and flavor of the season is captured in the tastes and smells of holiday spices, and clinical nutritionist Eric Snow says you probably don't even realize you're doing your body good.

"There are some health benefits to a lot of the foods that we use, especially in the spices," he said.

Let's start with peppermint. Snow says it relieves the pressure from sinus congestion and helps with stomach woes.

"Have some peppermint tea or even something with some peppermint oil in it to help relieve an acidy stomach or indigestion," he recommended.

When you think cinnamon, think circulation.

"Especially females who have any type of PMS cramping, muscle cramping. It can even benefit general stiffness in the muscles," he said.

Cinnamon also helps control your blood sugar.

Next up: clove, a natural pain healer, especially with tooth and gum pain.

"If you bite into that, you'll notice an anesthetic type sensation," said Snow.

Feeling stressed? Grab the nutmeg.

"It can be good for helping with anxiety and other nerve conditions, so when you think nutmeg, think nerve tonic," said Snow.

Ginger is another spice that can soothe nausea, swelling and boost your immune system.

Oregano, rosemary and curry also have health benefits. Learn more here.