Experimenting with different flavours and herbs and spices

I love experimenting with different flavours and herbs and spices can make even a simple meal taste nawwwty. Investing in a decent variety of herbs and spices will not only give you massive versatility in the kitchen, but it’s also like having a natural pharmacy right in your cupboard. For example, some spices have anti-inflammatory properties, while others can help with good digestion or help reduce post-workout soreness.

Here’s a quick run down on some of my favourite herbs and spices with some of their health benefits:

Turmeric: anti-inflammatory, antioxidant

Cumin: natural painkiller, iron, vitamin C, combats insomnia

Coriander: aids digestion, lowers blood sugar levels, antibiotic, good for cholesterol

Cayenne: stimulates circulation, aids digestion, boosts metabolism

Ginger: lowers workout soreness, reduces inflammation, boosts attention and memory

Nutmeg: anti-inflammatory and antibacterial compounds

Cloves: helps rid digestive tract of unwanted bacteria

Black pepper: contains piperine which helps burn fat and helps body use nutrients more effectively (freshly ground is the best)

Cinnamon: Aids digestion, balances blood sugar levels, antioxidant, improves circulation

Mustard seeds: boosts metabolic rate

Curry leaf: aids digestion, aids weight loss, protects liver

Oregano: anti-inflammatory, improves bone density, good for skin, antioxidant

Rosemary: boosts memory, concentration, relieves stress, antioxidant, antimicrobial

Thyme: antibacterial, antimicrobial, reduce blood pressure

Benefits:

Anti-inflammatory: Fights inflammation in the body, including joints and muscles

Antioxidant: Protects the body from free radicals, which can derive from burning sugars for energy

Antibiotic: Helps destroy and slow down bacteria production in the body

Antibacterial: Helps combat bacterial growth

Antimicrobial: Helps fight against microorganisms like bacteria, virus and fungus