Medicinal Foods

Ginger not only packs a punch to your cooking, but has a list a mile long of medicinal properties.

Ginger has powerful anti-inflammatory properties, making it a useful spice for pain relief. It can assist in the treatment of common pains such as:

  • Joint pain
  • Menstrual pain
  • Headaches
  • Reduce the severity of migraines

Not only that, ginger is known for the relief it provides for digestive problems and nausea as well as providing symptomatic relief for morning and motion sickness.

How is it used?

The root or underground stem of the plant can be eaten fresh, dried and powered in spice form, in oil form, as a juice, taken as a supplement or steeped in hot water for a soothing tea.

Turmeric is nature’s powerhouse spice and has many more uses than adding a vibrant yellow colour and spice to your curries.

Turmeric contains the super curcumin, a substance with amazing anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, which have been shown to:

  • Improve brain function
  • Lower the risk of many brain diseases
  • Decrease the risk of dementia by breaking down the brain's amyloid plaques that lead to Alzheimer’s.
  • Reduce the risk of cancer by inhibiting growth of new blood vessels in tumours.
  • Lower cholesterol
  • Lower depression
  • Fight colds and flu
  • Assist with indigestion and weight loss
  • Reduce the severity of arthritis
  • Reduce headaches
  • Reduce heartburn

How is it used?

Turmeric is generally boiled and dried for consumption in a powder form, but can also be consumed fresh – grated like ginger, or taken in supplement form as a powder or liquid. 

Green tea is one of the most advantageous beverages we can drink for our health. Not only is it a calming and restorative tea with zero calories, it is packed with powerful antioxidants and nutrients with numerous health benefits including:

  • Improved brain function
  • Lowers risk of cancer
  • Lowers the risk of several types of brain disease
  • Lowers the risk of Type II diabetes
  • Reduces risk of cardiovascular disease
  • Assists with weight loss through increased fat burning capacity by increasing your metabolic rate

How is it used?

Green tea can be found in tea bags, loose green tea leaves, tablets, capsules and concentrate. With the growing popularity of green tea, there are many variations to choose from to suit your taste.

Garlic contains a compound called Allicin, which is not only known for creating the very distinct garlic odour but also for its medicinal properties including:

  • Boosts the immune system therefore reducing the severity of the common cold
  • Reduces blood pressure
  • Improved heart health
  • Lowers total and LDL (bad) cholesterol
  • Prevents brain disease including Alzheimer’s and Dementia

How is it used?

Garlic can be used in many many ways – consumed fresh, cooked, dried and powder form, grated in juices, as a tea or taken as a supplement – take your pick! 

Manuka honey is made by those clever New Zealand bees that pollinate the Manuka bush (tea tree) and is one of the most unique forms of honey in the world. It has antibacterial properties that are useful in the treatment of bacterial conditions including:

  • Healing minor wounds and scratches and is useful in the treatment of eczema-prone skin

There is limited evidence that Manuka honey may also be beneficial in:

  • Preventing and treating cancer
  • Reducing high cholesterol
  • Reducing systemic inflammation
  • Treating gastrointestinal problems
  • Treating diabetes

How is it used?

Manuka honey can be eaten naturally (1-2 tablespoons a day) or applied topically to the skin. It should not be given to children under 12 months of age.