Top 5 Spices

Top 5 spices that should not miss in your pantry include;


Cinnamon is a spice obtained from the leaves, fruits, flowers, roots and bark of cinnamon tree. With cinnamon, you get sweet and savoury dishes that taste extraordinarily good. You might be astounded when I tell you cinnamon is a powerhouse in the health space. This spice provides antibacterial, antimicrobial and antifungal properties that protect you against various illnesses. Interestingly enough, it is versatile; thus, you can use it in various products, including chilli and tomato sauces.


Obtained from the root of Curcuma longa, turmeric enhances the flavour, colour and healthfulness of your food. Turmeric contains curcumin, which has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Due to this, it can reduce the risk of various illnesses, including cancer, diabetes, arthritis and Alzheimer’s disease. It is this curcumin that still gives the spice its colour. You can use turmeric in rice, scrambles and frittatas, soups and smoothies.

Garlic Powder

Due to its pungent flavour, garlic powder can double as a seasoning and condiment. Garlic powder can be beneficial to your health in many ways. For instance, it can reduce main cholesterol and LDL levels and increase the number of good cholesterol. Garlic also contains a good number of antioxidants that improve your immune system and reduce your risk of cancer, diabetes, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Also, fibre and iron in garlic acid are good for your digestive health. You can use the spice in salad dressings, sauces, stews, rubs and marinades.

Best Spice If You Have A Cold?

I recommend Cinnamon due to its antibacterial, antimicrobial and antifungal properties.

Best Spice for Digestion?

Garlic powder, because it is loaded with fibre.

Ieva Kubiliute is a psychologist and a sex and relationships advisor and a freelance writer. She's also a consultant to several health and wellness brands. While Ieva specialises in covering wellness topics ranging from fitness and nutrition, to mental wellbeing, sex and relationships and health conditions, she has written across a diverse range of lifestyle topics, including beauty and travel. Career highlights so far include: luxury spa-hopping in Spain and joining an £18k-a-year London gym. Someone’s got to do it! When she’s not typing away at her desk—or interviewing experts and case studies, Ieva winds down with yoga, a good movie and great skincare (affordable of course, there’s little she doesn’t know about budget beauty). Things that bring her endless joy: digital detoxes, oat milk lattes and long country walks (and sometimes jogs).

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