Our favourite spices and their health benefits

Rosemary 

  • Contains carnosol which is known to help prevent cancer
  • Contains carnosic acid which helps improve memory
  • Helps to detox the liver
  • It is an anti-inflammatory
  • Contains antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-carcinogenic properties, which help boost the immune system
  • It is a mild diuretic so it helps reduce bloating

Cinnamon 

  • Helps to stabilise blood sugar levels
  • It’s high in manganese, iron, fibre and calcium
  • It contains a chemical called cinnamaldehyde which helps balance hormones
  • Studies have shown if you consume ½ teaspoon a day it can help lower bad cholesterol
  • It contains anti-fungal properties
  • It has an anti clotting effect on the blood
  • The smell of cinnamon can help improve memory

Ginger

  • It helps to alleviate nausea
  • It has anti-inflammatory properties and can help ease pain (eat some ginger to relieve menstrual cramps)
  • You can relieve heart burn by drinking ginger tea
  • It helps reduce gas and bloating
  • It helps improve the absorption of nutrients in the body
  • It helps clear the sinuses

Sage 

  • It contains oils that can be used as an antiseptic
  • It can be used to eliminate bad breath
  • When used as a tea it can help heal mild cold symptoms
  • It helps regulate menstrual flow when consumed regularly
  • It stimulates brain function (this seems to be a bit of a trend in herbs!)

Peppermint

  • Helps improve digestion
  • It is used to treat tooth aches (one reason it is included in a lot of toothpastes)
  • Helps relieve respiratory problems
  • Helps to relieve nausea and headaches
  • It energises the immune system
  • Its cooling effect is sometimes used to treat high fevers

Nutmeg

  • It stimulates brain function
  • It is commonly used in Chinese medicine to treat inflammation and abdominal pain
  • Helps relieve indigestion by eliminating excess gas from your intestines
  • Assists in detoxing the liver and kidneys
  • It helps you to relax - try drinking some almond milk with a teaspoon of nutmeg before you go to bed to help you fall asleep

Clove

  • It contains iron, magnesium, phosphorus, sodium, calcium, hydrochloric acid and potassium
  • It contains vitamins C , K and A
  • It is anti-inflammatory
  • It assists in stabilising blood sugar levels
  • Helps reduce gas and bloating
  • It has an anti clotting effect on the blood

Thyme

  • It has antiseptic and antifungal properties
  • It has one of the highest antioxidant levels compared to other herbs
  • It contains potassium, iron, calcium, manganese, magnesium and selenium
  • It contains vitamins A, K, E and C
  • It helps relieve respiratory problems such as coughs, bronchitis, and chest congestion

So there you have it - not only do these herbs and spices make your foods taste amazing, they are also doing your body a world of good!

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