The Ginger Orange Guide to Super Herbs and Spices

From Chinese medicine in 1000BC to balancing ‘humours’ in Medieval Europe and buying Echinacea in Boots for your cold, herbs and spices have long been recognised for their medicinal properties. Immunity boosting, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial, these natural ingredients can do a lot more than just flavour your food.

Here is the Ginger Orange Guide to Super Herbs and Spices:


Cinnamon From Ayurvedic teas to dustings on donuts, cinnamon’s wamth and spiciness has made it a hugely popular ingredient. It is also loaded with antioxidants, is anti-inflammatory and improves sensitivity to insulin.
This last point it what makes cinnamon such a super spice – it can lower both insulin resistance and fasting blood sugar. These anti-diabetic properties mean it can be used to help counter one of the biggest threats to health in the developed world. Not bad for the dusting on your Krispy Kreme.


Ginger has long been used for relief from nausea, making it a favourite addition to travel sickness remedies. However, this multitalented root also has a string of other benefits. It’s mild blood thinning properties makes it great for improving circulation, it has anti-inflammatory properties, may support nutrient absorption as well as helping the body manage blood sugar levels. Finally, research shows this amazingly potent root can also slow down loss of brain cells meaning it can help protect against Alzheimer’s Disease. Pass the ginger tea please!


From hippy herbalists to big chain chemists like Boots, everyone loves Echinacea. This immunity-boosting herb has made it to the mainstream due to it’s success in helping prevent and ease colds and flu. It is also used as a painkiller and a natural laxative.


spices3Soho’s most forward thinking cafés have moved on from matcha and are now selling steaming cups of turmeric lattes. This bright yellow, light and earthy tasting spice has been used in traditional Chinese and Indian medicines for centuries. Soho-ites are now benefitting from it’s anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties and research suggests that it may even a potent anti-depressant.


One of the most popular homeopathic remedies in the UK. Rub it on bruises, sprains and even insect bites for faster healing. Wonderful arnica has anti-inflammatory properties as well as light pain relief. Trials suggest it even gives relief to sufferers of rheumatoid arthritis. Don’t put it on an open wound or in your tea but next time you fall over in Tuladandasana, use it to soothe and heal your bruises.


Whether you say ‘orEgano’ or ‘oregAno’, this fabulous herb is not just for sprinkling on pizza. Oregano has antimicrobial, antioxidant, antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties. Which basically means we can all eat more pizza, right?

Milk Thistle

Reached for the pinot grigio instead of the green juice last night? This natural herb has been used for over 2000 years for it’s detoxifying effect. Milk thistle supports the liver, helping it regenerate cells and remove toxins. It may also help with cleansing the body from pesticides in food.

Immunity boosting, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial, herbs and spices can do a lot more than just flavour your dinner. Use these amazing natural ingredients to support, heal and cleanse your body. As you tuck into that curry, just remember how much good the herbs and spices in it are doing you. Reason enough for a 2nd helping GO reckons…

Written by Martha

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