Lifestyle: healthy spices

June 24, 2017 / INSPIRATION, Lifestyle

How to… spice up your life


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


Spice expert Emma Grazette


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.


2 Turmeric  
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.


3 Ginger
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.


4 Mint
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


Spice Trip: The Simple Way to Make Food Exciting by Emma Grazette and Steve Parle


A recipe from Spice Trip: The Simple Way to Make Food Exciting by Emma Grazette and Steve Parle. photography: Hearst Studios


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