Besides the obvious reason of what is available in that particular region, one of the most enduring reasons we found was that herbs and spices have a number of incredible health benefits. People found that when they ate certain ingredients, they felt much better; in fact, the taste of the herbs and spices was often a secondary consideration.
As a part of our authentic taste of adventure, we have kept these ingredients in our soup recipes. This is for two reasons; the first is that the tradition behind our soup recipes is one of the most important ingredients and the second, they taste amazing! So, it’s win-win.
Here are just a handful of the herbs and spices we use in our soups as well as their health benefits. If you’re feeling under the weather or just want a boost, take a look below and you will find the soup in which you can find these delicious health boosts…
The most popular spice in the world has a number of health benefits. Used by Ayurvedic practitioners in India for hundreds of years, the active compound in the spice is called piperine.
The health benefits of black pepper include:
- Boosting metabolism to help burn fat
- Cold and flu remedy
Found in recipes from the Americas all the way to China, this bright orange spice gives food a delicious heat.
Just a few of the health benefits of cayenne pepper are:
- Aids digestion
Helpsto normalise blood pressure
Made from the bark of the 'True Cinnamon Tree" and one of the most delicious spices in the world, this sweet treat is also a health booster.
Cinnamon has been used to help:
- Lower blood sugar levels
- Reduce oxidants in the body
- Improve circulation
With a smell that instantly reminds you of Christmas, cloves are often used in sweet recipes for their aromatic flavour.
Cloves have a number of medicinal properties too, such as:
- Helping to alleviate a toothache
- Improve digestion
- Help to remove unwanted bacteria from your stomach
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Known as “cilantro” in the USA, this is a divisive little herb. Some people love the taste it adds to dishes while some think it tastes like soap. The decision to love or hate it is actually down to genetics (sorry) but that doesn’t stop it from being a handful of healthy green goodness.
Coriander has been shown to be able to:
- Help to lower cholesterol
- Alleviate mouth ulcers
- Boost bone health
Second only to pepper as the most popular spice in the world, cumin is used for both its familiar pungent flavour and its health benefits in dishes as diverse as chilli to Chinese grilled lamb recipes.
The health benefits of cumin are:
- It is a natural pain reliever
- It’s high in iron
- It can relieve indigestion
Instantly recognisable for its warm, sweet and spicy aroma, ginger has played a big part in the medicine of ancient cultures. It has only recently been used to flavour dishes as people were more taken with its health benefits.
The health benefits of ginger include:
- Stomach calming properties
- Can lower muscle soreness after exercise
Used mainly in South Asian cuisine, lemongrass adds a light, aromatic and citrusy flavour to dishes as well as a number of health benefits.
The health benefits of lemongrass include:
- Antiseptic properties
- Aiding digestion
- Helping to reduce a fever
Another of the “Christmassy” spices, nutmeg brings a nutty, sweet taste to both sweet and savoury dishes.
Some of the benefits of nutmeg are:
- Antibacterial properties
- It is an anti-inflammatory
- It is high in potassium which helps to regulate blood pressure
One of the most recognisable Italian herbs, oregano is actually related to the mint family (though you wouldn’t know it from the taste). It is used in a great number of dishes for its aromatic, slightly bitter but warm flavour.
Oregano has been used in folk medicine for years, for a few of the following reasons:
- It is used to help relieve gastrointestinal discomfort
- It’s good for your skin
- It is an anti-inflammatory
Since the Ancient Romans used thyme to bring a delicious flavour to their wines and cheese, it has been an ever popular herb in dishes throughout the Mediterranean. Its slightly minty flavour pairs itself brilliantly with meats as well as vegetables.
For hundreds of years, people have used thyme for its health benefits, such as:
- Antibacterial properties
- Antimicrobial properties
- Able to help reduce blood pressure
We use thyme in our:
Related to the ginger family, turmeric is a bright yellow spice which has been used for culinary reasons, to dye clothes and because of its health benefits.
While turmeric adds a pungent, bitter flavour to its dishes, it is also:
- An anti-inflammatory
- Used to help boost positivity and happiness
Although many people may be more used to seeing parsley dropped on to of their meals as a garnish, it actually has a delightfully fresh taste (chewing fresh parsley can help negate the odour of eating garlic).
Parsley has a number of other health benefits, such as:
- It can help regulate blood pressure
- It helps your kidneys flush out excess water
- It is rich in many vital nutrients, such as Vitamin C
This deep red spice is used in dishes across the world. Used in Hungarian and New World recipes (to name just a few), it brings a sweet smokiness which can really boost other flavours.
Paprika also has a number of reported health benefits, such as:
- It helps promote healthy blood vessel formation
- Vitamin A and carotenoids are important for healthy cells and eyesight
- It can help to lower blood pressure