KATHRYN CHANDLER

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My Favourite Spices & Their Benefits

I include spices in my diet daily to ensure I’m reaping their health benefits, delicious aromas and flavours.

Hey Gorgeous Goddess,

Do you include spices into your meals and drinks? I personally can’t handle anything too spicy, however I love cooking with a variety of spices to reap their health benefits, delicious aromas and flavours. In todays’ article I’m sharing a list of my personal favourite spices with you along with their health benefits.

Are you ready to spice up your life?

Let’s dive in!

 My Favourite Spices + Their Benefits

Black Pepper

Black pepper has been used in ancient Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years. It is high in antioxidants, contains anti-inflammatory properties and improves blood sugar metabolism. Black pepper assists the body in absorbing essential nutrients while promoting good gut health too. Crack a bit of black pepper over your dinner or add a little on top of your turmeric latte to reap the benefits!

 Cardamom

Cardamom contains antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-bacterial properties. The anti-bacterial properties help to treat infections in the body and kill bacteria in the mouth that can cause bad breath and cavities. Cardamom can improve breathing by stimulating better oxygen uptake and relaxing air passage to the lungs. It also helps to prevent anxiety! This spice improves digestion and promotes healthy bowel movements too. I have cardamom in my chai tea every morning and enjoy diffusing it when I’m meditating.

 Cayenne Pepper

Cayenne pepper is known to promote healthy digestive function, which is why I include it in my morning digestive tonic recipe! It also boost’s metabolism and is an appetite suppresser, both of which aid weight loss. This one can pack a little punch so just use a pinch!

You can find my Digestive Tonic Recipe here: https://www.instagram.com/p/CNswH26lKqd/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

Cinnamon

Cinnamon is full of antioxidants and has antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral properties. It helps to regulate blood sugar levels, aid digestion, and improve blood circulation. It reduces inflammation and relives join pain, muscle stiffness and menstrual cramps. I put cinnamon in my chai lattes, smoothies, raw treats, pumpkin soup and sprinkle on top of my banana-egg pancakes. Yum!!!

 Cloves

Cloves are high in antioxidants and antibacterial properties. Including cloves in your diet promotes liver health and helps to regulate blood sugar levels too. I have cloves in my chai spice mix but they are more commonly known to be used to garnish a Christmas ham.

Fennel Seeds

Fennel is packed full of nutrients, including vitamin C, calcium, magnesium, potassium, and manganese. It is rich in antioxidants and contains anti-inflammatory properties too. Some say that Fennel can be a powerful pain relief for menstrual cramps and acts as an aphrodisiac, boosting libido!

 Fenugreek

Fenugreek has been used for many years in alternative medicine practices. It can increase milk production for breastfeeding mothers and boosts testosterone and libido in men. This spice assists blood sugar control and is highly beneficial for those suffering with heartburn.

I love combining fennel and fenugreek to make a delicious herbal tea.

 Ground Ginger Root

Ginger contains powerful medicinal properties. Like most other superfoods, it has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It is antibacterial and antifungal, meaning it can help to protect you from harmful bacteria and viruses, that lead to infections! It aids digestion and relieves period cramps. Ginger is used to reduce nausea and morning sickness and it helps to lower blood sugar levels too. I LOVE ginger and include it in my morning digestive tonic to fire up my digestive system for the day. I add it to many of our home cooked meals and make a honey, lemon, ginger tea whenever I have a cold or flu.

Oregano

Oregano is greatly beneficial for improving gut related issues such as gas, bloating and “leaky gut”. It can also be used to treat parasites. It contains antibacterial properties, protecting against bacteria and viruses. Oregano can help to treat yeast infections and can be used as a natural antibiotic! It is rich in antioxidants, which can help to lower inflammation in the body. I love adding a drop or two of oregano essential oil to my home-made bolognas sauce. The flavour is 10/10!

 Paprika

Paprika is loaded with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. It is beneficial for eye health, blood health and helps to reduce inflammation in the body.

Ground Turmeric Root

Turmeric is a powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. It’s great to use if you suffer from breakouts or acne as it has antiseptic and antibacterial properties too. You can add this spice (dried or fresh) to your meals and drinks. I put turmeric in my morning digestive tonic, pumpkin soup and I love turmeric and coconut milk lattes!

Top Tips!

My favourite brand for spices is Simply Organic and I pick mine up from my local health food store. Another place you can find great organic spices is your local farmer’s market!

So gorgeous girl, I want to encourage you to start adding some of these spices into your meals and drinks like I do to reap their amazing health benefits!

If you found this article to be beneficial on your wellness journey, then please share this with your besties right now. I want to spread the message of true health and happiness to as many people as possible and I would LOVE your help so get sharing!

 Love Kat Xx

Ps – I would love to see a pic of you cooking with some spices! Please feel free to DM me and if you share on Instagram, don’t forget to tag me @kathryn.chandler so I can see your post and cheer you on!