6 useful spices


Thanks to the very high content of vitamins and minerals – A, C, B1, B2, magnesium, phosphorus, iron, calcium, sodium, zinc and potassium, ginger has an excellent antiviral and antimicrobial effect. It strengthens the immune system and helps protect against viruses.

It very well relieves nasal congestion in the period of acute colds, has an expectorant and anti-inflammatory effect, excellently helps with colds. Ginger is also good as a preventive measure at the first signs of illness.

How to use it?

Add it to vegetable, meat, fish dishes, in various sauces. You can marinate the meat with ginger. Add ginger to tea, coffee, soft drinks. It is almost a universal spice.


In the Middle Ages, sailors stocked up on cloves on long voyages to prevent scurvy: so many vitamins and trace elements are in the little buds. Cloves are rich in carotene and B vitamins, as well as ascorbic acid, magnesium, iron, potassium, phosphorus, selenium and zinc. In addition, cloves contain valuable dietary fiber (for example, fiber) necessary for the normal functioning of the gastrointestinal tract. And immune cells live in the stomach and intestines. Tannins, which are also present in excess in clove inflorescences, perfectly soothe and help strengthen the immune system.

How to use it?

You can make a tincture from cloves and add it to teas. Using cloves for vegetable dishes may not be to everyone’s taste, as it will smell like grandma’s preserves, but for meat in small quantities, cloves will work just fine.


Curcumin (the active ingredient in turmeric) has anti-inflammatory properties. It is effective in mitigating inflammatory processes at the beginning of colds. In addition, curcumin is known as an immunomodulator and can improve the ability of certain cells of the immune system to absorb and destroy microbes.

How to use it?

Add turmeric to various vegetable dishes, to rice, to chicken meats. You just need to keep in mind that turmeric is very strongly colored.
One of the effective preventive measures against spring colds is warm milk with a pinch of turmeric before going to bed.


They contain capsaicin: a substance that activates cells of the immune system. In addition, pepper contains many vitamins and nutrients: carotene, thiamin (B1), riboflavin (B2), niacin (B3), vitamin C, folic acid (B9), magnesium, copper, manganese… All of them strengthen the immune system and the body as a whole.

How to use them?

Add them to vegetable dishes, salads, marinades for meat and fish.


Rosemary leaves have strong antioxidant properties. In addition, rosemary fights bacteria and fungi. Thanks to its vitamins, rosemary strengthens the immune system and helps fight the common cold.

As a therapeutic dose to increase immunity, 4 to 6 g of fresh rosemary leaves are used.

How to use it?

Add to meat, fish, salads. If we are talking about fresh twigs, then 4-6 grams per day will be enough to increase immunity. From dried rosemary – one or two pinches.


Contains calcium, lots of vitamin C, beta-carotene. It has antiviral and antimicrobial action. Supports immunity and helps fight colds. It is used as an expectorant for coughs, as well as a strong diaphoretic.

How to use it?

Add to meat and vegetable dishes, prepare tea with oregano, it can also be used for salads.

Milena Vasileva

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