We’re deep into winter and with it come colds, viruses and the flu.
Lots of people are also struggling with lack of energy and motivation. So staying healthy and active during this time of year can seem daunting.
But it doesn’t have to be.
In fact, by adding a few powerful herbs and spices to your diet, you can fortify your immune system, while also giving you a much needed boost of energy.
So here are the best herbs and spices for your health this winter. Most are probably already in your kitchen…
A true immunity guardian and the perfect addition to your roasts and stews.
Rich in antioxidants, it can fight off bacteria and even help reduce inflammation. What’s more, studies show rosemary can improve blood circulation, memory and concentration.
Definitely needed during the darker mornings at work.
But the benefits don’t stop there.
If you struggle with your mood during winter, rosemary oil can be just the thing for you.
As research shows, the sweet aroma of rosemary can improve your mood and relieve stress.
Thyme was a popular medicinal herb in ancient Greece, used as incense and added to bath waters.
Nowadays, thyme is known for its antibacterial and antifungal properties. Making it a great decongestant if you have a cold.
It’s also rich in vitamins C and A, proven to support a normal immune system.
So don’t be shy to sprinkle some extra thyme over your roast potatoes or pasta sauce.
Not just a tasty spice for your cinnamon rolls.
Its active component, cinnamaldehyde, regulates your blood sugar levels. Keeping your cravings in check and your energy levels up.
Cinnamon is also known to reduce inflammation, defending against infection, colds and the flu.
So next time you make your morning cup of coffee, why not add a few sprinkles of cinnamon?
Studies have shown ginger can boost your blood circulation, combating winter sluggishness and supporting a healthy heart.
Making it a great addition to any heart-warming winter soup.
What’s more, it’s a powerful antioxidant. Soothing joint and arthritis inflammation, which can be particularly worse because of the cold.
And if you do end up catching a cold, then hot lemon and ginger water is the perfect inflammatory for a sore throat.
Another strong antioxidant. With studies linking it to lower blood pressure, because of its diuretic effects.
What’s more, adding cardamom to your curry or making cardamom cake can help treat infections.
Easing congestion by opening up your airways, helping you breathe easily.
Known for its vibrant yellow colour, which it gets from curcumin, its active component.
As an anti-inflammatory, turmeric not only supports stronger joints and a smoother digestion, but also acts as a mood-booster.
You see, curcumin can support normal brain function and memory. Reducing anxiety and triggering your “happy-hormones”.
Ideal for making it through the January’s blues.
But don’t forget to pair turmeric with black pepper. As the combination helps your body absorb even more of turmeric’s active nutrients. By an impressive 2,000%!
Another joint defender. Helping to soothe inflammation-related pain.
And with its antibacterial properties, nutmeg can boost your immune system, preventing infections.
And that’s just the start.
This soothing, delicious spice also promotes relaxation, easing tension and stress. Even supporting a better night’s sleep.
So, with its warm and nutty flavour, it’s the perfect addition to a glass of mulled wine, a cup of homemade chai or your favourite dessert.
Winter can be a challenging time.
With the holidays over and the dark cold nights, it’s easy to find yourself feeling under the weather. But some small additions to your diet can offer you the extra support you need during this time.
Herbs and spices will not only enhance your dishes, but also fortify your immune system and work as powerful energy and mood boosters.
So you can make the most of the next few months, with a healthy body and a healthy mind.