Many of the spices used in winter recipes are found to be effective in boosting our immune system and improving digestion. If you’re feeling poorly, get yourself in the kitchen and add these four spices to your dishes.
Known for its positive effect on the digestive system, ginger is rich in the active compound, gingerol. This has been shown to improve indigestion, reduce feelings of nausea and reduce vomiting. Ginger is also an anti-inflammatory, assisting in pain relief and inflammation.
Add fresh ginger to boiling water for a sweet tea or slice it up and add it to your stews for a kick of flavour.
Nutmeg is a spice packed with minerals, including magnesium, potassium and zinc. These minerals are particularly important in the body’s fight against cold and flu symptoms. This magnesium-rich spice is also known to promote relaxation and sleep.
Many home remedies include nutmeg, such as using the spice for pain relief or indigestion. Mix nutmeg with honey to heal aches and pains.
Cardamom is known as a digestion aid and an antiseptic. The essential oil of cardamom contains high amounts of iron and manganese and is topically used to heal infections. Many countries use the whole cardamom pod boiled with ginger to help relieve indigestion after eating.
Cardamom is used in many recipes including deserts, drinks and rice dishes. Add this spice as a cupboard essential and keep the essential oil in your medicine box.
Turmeric is a favourite spice for combating illness. It has antiviral, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, hence why it is so popular within Ayurvedic medicine. The active ingredient in turmeric, curcumin is also an antioxidant.
Try adding turmeric to your evening tea or your breakfast smoothie and juice to fight off infection.