Cinnamon, Ginger, Chili and Saffron… these spices will give even the most mundane dish a delicious flavor and exotic perfume without added calories or salt. Not only this, spices and herbs have been proven to be good for your health. Indian curry is shown to be a natural aphrodisiac, and even more potent than a man-made drug for the same purpose.

Cinnamon is a Dutch name that is derived from the Latin “canella” which means tube or straw, namely because cinnamon is the rolled pieces of inner bark from the cinnamon tree. The flavor is sweet, exotic and delicately sharp. Cinnamon is used in many dishes such as desserts and even savory entrée dishes. Chinese 5 Spice is known for having a gratuitous amount of cinnamon for seasoning poultry and other meat dishes. Cinnamon has been shown to mitigate menstrual pains and possibly even kill the salmonella bacteria.




The tropical ginger plant, Zingiber officinale, is known for the thick roots that grow which is the only part used. Ginger grows underground and has a sharp but pleasant taste that is ideal with fish and meat dishes, and in herbal teas. Many Asian cultures use pickled ginger to cleanse the palate after eating a strongly flavored food, such as sushi and sashimi. Ginger has beneficial effects on the digestive system, it speeds metabolism and helps fight nausea from car sickness or morning sickness in pregnancy. Ginger is also considered an aphrodisiac and is thought to help prevent high cholesterol and heart disease.



One of the most celebrated spices is chili. Burning hot, but a rich source of vitamins and minerals which are particularly beneficial to smokers and those suffering from Diabetes. Chilies further encourage circulation which has a plethora of positive effects such as preventing heart disease and gangrene from Diabetes. It is thought that chili reduces joint pain due to an almost narcotic effect and is also known to be an aphrodisiac as well as cinnamon and ginger.


An exotic spice that appeals to the imagination and is quite difficult to harvest (by hand, nonetheless), Saffron is quite precious. Its intense color suggests beta-carotene, and does in fact contain many times more beta-carotene than carrots. Beta-carotene is a mineral that fights free radicals in your body; free radicals are known to cause cancer. Furthermore, Saffron accelerates fat burning, helps keep cholesterol levels down, is a natural mood enhancer and stress-fighter. Saffron was used in ancient Green mythology as an aphrodisiac as well.

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