Considered a cognitive stimulant, rosemary is known to improve memory, alertness, focus and general mental performance – so it’s perfect for seasoning your food with before a big exam. This herb is also a rich source of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds, meaning it’s great for boosting the immune system.
If you suffer from IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), get stocking up on mint, pronto. Scientific studies have shown that mint is highly effective in reducing the discomfort associated with this common health problem. Mint is also great when it comes to soothing upset stomachs and indigestion. A must-have for anyone’s spice rack.
The perfect accompaniment for chicken and spring dishes, tarragon has some pretty surprising health benefits. It’s thought to be a pain reliever for conditions like osteoarthritis, and is known to improve sleep and regulate sleep patterns. Who’d have thought it?
No dish is complete without a dash of black pepper – but do you ever stop to consider the health benefits of this versatile spice? Didn’t think so. Black pepper is thought to promote healthy skin, sinus relief and good digestion. It even has anti-cancer properties.
- Rajah Whole Black Pepper
- Dalgety Strong Turmeric & Black Pepper
- Badia Pimienta Negra Molidea/Ground Black Pepper
Chilli is the perfect spice for those who like their food with a little kick. Not only does it add flavour to your favourite dishes, but it’s also thought that chilli flakes can enhance weight loss, improve blood pressure and help to fight poor circulation. Chilli can also reduce the risk of skin and colon cancers.
Garlic has long been used medicinally in many countries due to its significant health benefits and antibiotic properties. According to a study, people who ate raw garlic twice a week had a lower risk of developing lung cancer. It’s also been proven that garlic is effective in the treatment of high blood pressure.
Known for its rich and earthy flavour and ability to jazz up vegetarian dishes, cumin is widely used as a treatment for indigestion – studies have confirmed that this spice can help to kickstart better digestion. It’s also a rich source of iron, so get stocking up.
If you love all things Indian food, you’ll be familiar with the hot blend of spices known as garam masala. Not only will it add a spicy kick to your dishes, but it also has some interesting health benefits. It’s thought to reduce inflammation, improve blood pressure, and even fight oral bacteria.
Not only is parsley jam-packed full of iron and antioxidants, but this herb is also great for preventing conditions such as bladder infections and arthritis. It’s also a natural diuretic and blood purifier. Parsley goes well with practically any food, so get seasoning!
Best known as a fragrant ingredient to Italian dishes, oregano is said to be a natural antibiotic and anti-fungal agent, and it can also help to reduce cholesterol levels. It can also be used to treat yeast infections and improve overall gut health.
By Lauren Davidson
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