Long before Turmeric lattes were trendy, this incredible vibrant yellow coloured cousin of ginger, was used in traditional Chinese and Ayurveda medicine to treat a wide variety of digestive, metabolic, and inflammatory disorders.
Inflammation has historically been given a bad rap; however, it is the body’s chief defence against injury or infection and is a vital element in the healing process. It communicates to the immune system to heal damaged tissue, as well as defend against foreign invaders such as viruses and bacteria. Where it becomes a problem is when it becomes chronic and goes on for too long, or the inflammation becomes systemic and occurs where it is not needed.
Diet plays a crucial role in your health. What you eat, including various herbs and spices, can affect inflammation in your body and there are many herbs and spices that may help fight inflammation. When looking at how inflammation works in the body we look at molecules called inflammatory markers which can indicate the presence of inflammation. Therefore, a herb that reduces inflammatory markers in the blood, likely reduces inflammation.
Little Wilding co I AM GOLDEN packs a punch when it comes to the therapeutic qualities of anti-inflammatory herbs and spices see below how each ingredient supports the body to fight inflammation and boost overall wellness:
- Turmeric (Curcuma longa)
Studies have shown Turmeric has powerful anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and immunomodulatory, wound healing, antimicrobial activities. It was once believed that these activities were due to the isolated curcumin however, research beyond the early 2000’s identified numerous chemical entities and therefore deemed more viable therapeutically as a whole extract.
Basically, it should be stashed in every pantry and medicine cabinet too, with all its amazing healing properties both in treatment and preventative medicine it’s no wonder it has been such an important herb over the centuries.
- Cloves (Syzygium aromaticum)
This intoxicating, tiny but potent flower bud has been used as a medicinal remedy in Ayurveda, Traditional Chinese Medicine and Western Herbal medicine – popular to say the least!
Clove oil can be used topically as local anaesthetic and anti-inflammatory, due to the eugenol acting on the sensory receptors involved in pain. Clove is also a protector and has shown to have anti-fungal and antibacterial effects. It’s also a powerful antioxidant, antispasmodic, immunomodulatory, antidiabetic, the list goes on…
- Cinnamon (Cinnamomum verum/Cinnamon cassia)
Cinnamon’s medicinal use has a long history dated back to ancient Egypt & China and used in India and Sri Lanka as an Ayurvedic remedy for digestion and respiratory ailments.
The active constituents in the essential oils are the most studied, with positive outcomes in blood glucose regulation and increasing insulin sensitivity, as well as having antibacterial, antispasmodic, and carminative effects.
- Ginger (Zingiber officinale)
Ginger’s pungent rhizome has been treasured throughout ancient history as a food and treating digestive disorders, poor circulation and to this day is soothing our coughs and colds.
It’s a powerhouse of pungent active constituents called gingerols, and essential oils in which lies the key to Gingers characteristic aroma. These constituents are well documented and studied, and responsible for the seemingly endless list of medicinal benefits ginger has to offer.
- Black pepper(Piper nigrum L.)
Black pepper (Piper nigrum L.) is known as the king of spices and is a bit of a power couple with our golden friend Turmeric. Traditionally, people used black pepper to treat certain health conditions, such as asthma, diarrhoea, and many other gastric ailments.
Research suggests that black pepper and its main active compound piperine may play a role in reducing inflammation in the body and help reduce joint swelling and inflammation markers, as well as asthma and allergies. Coupling turmeric with black pepper may enhance its effects, and it seems its most significant benefit may be its ability to boost the absorption of curcumin.