Ginger is known as a 'super spice' thanks to its broad and effective use for a variety of ailments. It has traditionally been used to treat a number of digestive and abdominal pain, such as diarrhea, IBS and menstrual cramps as well as nausea caused by movement, pregnancy, chemotherapy, rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. Ginger's rich content of both vitamin E, vitamin B6, vitamin B3, vitamin C and the vital minerals; manganese, iron, selenium and magnesium, stimulates appetite and facilitates digestion. Other benefits may include pain relief from upper respiratory tract infections, cough and mild respiratory problems, bronchitis and even headaches.
Closely related to the ginger family, turmeric is also known to be a super-spice. It is thanks to its varied and powerful healing properties. With a warming, bitter taste, turmeric has long been used in Asian medicine to relieve abdominal pain, constipation, stomach cramps and IBS (irritable bowel syndrome). One of its main active ingredients, curcumin, contains potent anti-inflammatory properties. As well as helping with gastrointestinal problems, it also helps reduce muscle pain and arthritis. Studies have shown that curcumin can combat depression, anxiety, stress and mood swings and increase cognitive abilities. Turmeric can also improve liver function and stimulate the lymphatic system.