Want to know the four best herbs and spices to enhance your wellbeing? We asked Emma Grazette, co-author of ‘Spice Trip: The Simple Way to Make Food Exciting’ to share the health benefits of these wonder ingredients
1 Black pepper
Studies suggest that a compound called piperine in black pepper can aid the body’s ability to absorb beneficial nutrients, such as vitamins B and C, beta carotene and selenium.
This spice is powerfully anti-inflammatory and antibacterial. It is said to have hundreds of health benefits, from preventing blood clots to fighting skin conditions. Its active ingredient, curcumin, has been shown to improve memory and reduce stress.
Slices of fresh ginger in hot water can ease all kinds of stomach complaints. It has antibacterial properties that make it ideal for fighting coughs and colds, and its main bio-active compound is gingerol, an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant.
Yes, it’s a herb, not a spice, but mint works in a very similar way to ginger for upset stomachs – only rather than warming, it cools. It also contains an anti-inflammatory compound called rosmarinic acid that is proven to relieve seasonal allergies such as hayfever, as well as menthol for colds.
And finally… Spices can also be helpful in your garden, protecting plants from fungus, insects and more. Planting fennel among other plants can protect them from aphids.
Read more in Emma’s book, Spice Trip: The Simple Way to make Food more Exciting, £18.95
Watch the video… Emma and Stevie telling you about their book in under two minutes!
And find loads more tips for wellbeing at home inside the July 2017 ‘Wellbeing’ edition of ELLE Decoration.
Plus, read Editor-in-Chief Michelle Ogundehin’s 5 ‘easy wins’ for a happy home in her Trendbulletin 21