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Did you know you can heal your body naturally by adding fresh spices to your cooking? These 5 spices have proven health benefits including reducing migraines and arthritis, and improving heart disease and cramps.

Ginger

Ginger is packed with antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and antibacterial properties. It’s helpful against migraine, arthritis, asthma, heart disease, heartburn, cancer and is a popular natural treatment for nausea.

How to use it: Grate fresh ginger into juices and soups and add slices to stir-fries.

Turmeric

Turmeric is incredibly powerful as an anti-inflammatory – it’s no wonder that turmeric is a daily ‘medicine’ in India.

It’s also been demonstrated to have anti-cancer properties, as well as a fighter of allergies, high blood pressure, eczema, psoriasis, arthritis and Alzheimer’s disease.



How to use it: Add a spoonful of turmeric to a glass of hot water and lemon juice and drink every morning to stay healthy. Pound a knob of fresh turmeric with garlic and ginger and add to homemade curries.

Fennel seed

Fennel is wonderfully aromatic and adaptable to any number of cuisines – from Indian food to French fare. Better still, fennel seed can help menstrual cramps, colic in babies, glaucoma, heart disease, dementia and Alzheimer’s.

How to use it: Pound a teaspoon of fresh fennel seed in your pestle and mortar with whole cumin and coriander seeds, then add to sautéed onion, ginger and garlic for the ultimate curry paste. A spoonful of freshly ground fennel seed added to scrambled eggs makes a delicious twist to weekend brunch.

Chili peppers

Chili peppers – from birds eye to jalapeños – come with a host of health benefits, including minimising the risk of cardiovascular disease, improving digestion as well as bone health, and reducing inflammation.

How to use it: Take your favourite chili pepper (as much as you can handle!) and roughly blend with avocado, cherry tomatoes, coriander and lime for the best guacamole ever. If you don’t like it too spicy, pierce your favourite chili pepper in a few spots with a sharp knife and add to a soup, casserole or curry while simmering and remove before serving.


Cinnamon

Cinnamon has been found to help indigestion and aid those with type 2 diabetes to control their blood sugar levels.


How to use it: Add a whole cinnamon stick to a simmering pot of pumpkin soup. Roughly smash a cinnamon stick when braising lamb shanks or a Malaysian curry.

Do you believe in the health benefits of spices?