Turmeric is Not the Only Medicinal Spice

Author: Shelley Bennetts   Date Posted:14 August 2019 

Healthy Spices

Spices have been used for their health benefits throughout history. Turmeric, the ‘Golden Spice’, has taken the Western world by storm. But, turmeric is not the only medicinal spice. After a century of synthetic pharmaceuticals, old knowledge is making a comeback. Spices offer not only great flavouring for our food, but some potent natural alternatives to pharmaceutical drugs.


Natural Alternatives to Pharmaceutical Drugs 

About 80% of the world’s population rely on plants as medicines to meet their health needs. Spices have been proven over many centuries to be effective against certain health problems. They have been, and still are, used extensively in traditional medicine all over the world. 

Here in Australia, and in the Western world generally, we’ve been steered away from the age-old remedies in favour of modern pharmaceutical drugs. Way back, these were plant extracts too. But science has replicated the active components of those plants, and made synthetic versions. What we get in pharmaceuticals is a manipulated wisp of the original ‘whole’ plant. 

It’s not only turmeric that you should be paying attention to. Cayenne and chilli, nutmeg and clove, cardamom and black pepper, and cumin and ginger, are among the many plants that traditional medicine has relied on for centuries. These are not manipulated wisps of the plant, but the leaves, seeds, flowers and rhizomes of the plants. They are dried and ground and used as tonics and tinctures and poultices; medicines that are effective for many, many health conditions. Pure Food Essentials organic spices are the quality you need. Absolutely no additives, heavy metals, or fillers, and grown and processed by Certified Organic farmers.


Food as Medicine

There’s general disillusionment and concern for our dependence on pharmaceutical medications. The pharmaceutical rollercoaster is hard to get off once you’re on it…more drugs prescribed to counter side-effects. For many people with serious medical problems, there’s little choice. But for many others with coughs and colds and aches and pains, spices are potent remedies. Unsurprisingly, the medicinal use of spices has been gradually increasing in developed countries.

Spices are generally considered safe, with few known side-effects. They can be easily incorporated into the diet, providing both food and medicine. Using spices as medicine for particular ailments can have very successful results. Cayenne with honey and lemon juice is a powerful cough remedy. Ginger for nausea, fennel tea sipped by mum relieves baby colic, a tiny amount of asafoetida in cooked foods reduces the production of gas in the gut, fenugreek helps to regulate blood sugar, cloves act as an anaesthetic for dental pain, and of course turmeric is used in the treatment of inflammation and cancers. 

At Pure Food Essentials, we believe that our diet plays a very major role in our general health. Instead of reaching for the Panadol or Codral for minor medical issues, have these medicinal spices on hand. But, talk to your Health Specialist about using spices as medicine for more serious health conditions. 



Chilli, Cayenne

acting to relieve pain



used in the treatment of cancer



helps to control the level of glucose (sugar) in the blood



counteracts diarrhea


Clove, Cardamom

A compound that relieves indigestion


Ginger, Cardamom

preventing vomiting

Anti- helminthic


used to destroy parasitic worms



helps to control high levels of cholesterol in the blood


Coriander, Turmeric

used to reduce inflammation


Cumin, Black Pepper

active against microbes



reduces damage due to oxygen



capable of delaying progression of the basic disease process in inflammatory arthritis


Fennel, Licorice, Vanilla

used to relieve spasm of involuntary muscle


Licorice, Asafoetida

used to prevent or relieve a cough


Cardamom, Cinnamon

preventing the growth of disease-causing microorganisms



causing the contraction of skin cells and other body tissues


Chilli, Cayenne

used to produce surface irritation of the skin, thereby counteracting underlying pain or discomfort


Sesame Seeds

a substance that relieves irritation of the mucous membranes in the mouth by forming a protective film


Chilli, Cayenne, Black Pepper

promotes the secretion of sputum by the air passages, used to treat coughs



used to reduce fever


Sesame Seeds

promotes or increases the flow of a mother's milk

Topical anaesthetic


local anaesthetic that is used to numb the surface of a body part



serving to expel worms or other animal parasites from the intestines


This information was selectively extracted from the UCLA Medical Library



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