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Spices

Aniseed

Pimpinella anisum

Area of origin: Egypt & The Middle East

Certification:

Organic EU; Organic NOP/COR; SAGAP; HACCP

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Description

Aniseed is an aromatic plant of the Umbellifae family. With its origins in Egypt and the Middle East, Aniseed was commonly used in traditional Iranian medicine, drag hunting and bait for fishing. Its strong aroma and flavour is similar to other spices such as star anise, fennel and liquorice. Aniseed is now cultivated worldwide for its uses in flavouring for food, alcoholic beverages and candy and teas.

Medical Benefits

With a history of use as a medicine, Aniseed has been studied for its potential use in the medical field for the essential oils and rich nutrients it produces, which may give it the following medical benefits:

  • Disinfectant due to its antibacterial, anti fungal and anti inflammatory properties.

  • Balancing blood sugar levels.

  • Relieving menopause symptoms.

 

Black Pepper

Piper nigrum

Country of origin: India

Certification:

Organic EU; Organic NOP/COR; SAGAP; HACCP

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Description

Black pepper is a mildly flavoured fruit of a flowering vine belonging to the Piperaceae family. Black pepper has a history as a much sought after trade commodity, as it was a luxury in Ancient Roman, Ancient Greek, Ancient Egyptian and Medieval European societies. It is now grown and produced around the world as a spice for seasoning. Black pepper is produced by picking and briefly boiling the unripe peppercorns, before leaving them to dry for several days. In the drying process, the skin around the seed shrinks and darkens into its characterising wrinkled black layer. Once dried, the peppercorns are ready for use as a seasoning or used to produce oils for a variety of medical and beauty products.

Medical Benefits

Black pepper was used in traditional medicine in Ancient Egypt, and is still used for traditional and potentially for modern medicine today for the nutrients and vitamins of its oil which may give it the following medical properties:

  • Anti inflammatory properties.

  • Balancing blood sugars.

  • Lowering cholesterol levels.

  • Early tests have shown that Black Pepper may have cancer fighting properties.

 

Cardamom

Elettaria cardamomum

Country of origin: Guatemala 

Certification:

Organic EU; Organic NOP/COR; SAGAP; HACCP

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Description

Cardamom is a spice made from the dried seeds and seed pods of the Elettaria Cardamomum plant of the Zingberaceae family. It has been cultivated for use as a spice and an ingredient in traditional medicine for thousands of years, with references to cardamom found in the earliest ancient Mesopotamian writings. Its strong, unique taste and intense fragrance make it a popular ingredient in many foods and drinks. Cardamom is cultivated in subtropical climates, with Guatemala being its biggest producer and exporter. The ever increasing demand for cardamom has resulted in it becoming the 3rd most expensive spice in price per weight in the world, behind vanilla and saffron.

Medical Benefits

Studies conducted on cardamom have confirmed it to be a source of myrcene , limonene and menthone with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. With studies still continuing to determine the full extend of its medical benefits, cardamom may have the following medical benefits:

  • Blood pressure lowering properties.

  • Blood sugar balancing properties.

  • Protection against digestive issues.

  • Chemopreventative and anti-carcinogenic properties.

 

Chilli Flakes

Capsicum annum

Area of origin: Mesoamerica

Certification:

Organic EU; Organic NOP/COR; SAGAP; HACCP

Description

Chilli flakes or chilli pepper refers to the product of the processed fruit of the Solonaceae plant family. Chilli flakes are most commonly produced using Bell peppers, Sweet Italian peppers, Serrano, Cayenne, Paprika or Jalepenos. Chilli flakes are made by drying the peppers until they are brittle, and reduced to smaller flakes made up of the pepper skin and seeds. Chilli flakes are produced for use in a variety of ways, most commonly for seasoning for food, medicines, tear gas, pepper spray, and cosmetics due to its antioxidant properties.

Medical Benefits

Chilli flakes have a variety of uses in the traditional medicines of many cultures from around the world. They have been extensively studied due to the vitamins and active ingredients which could potentially give them the following medical benefits:

  • Anti-cancer properties.

  • Anti-mutagenic properties.

  • Anti-tumoral, properties.

  • Anti-rheumatic properties.

  • Anti-microbial properties.

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Cinnamon

Cinnamomum zeylanicum

Country of origin: Sri Lanka

Certification:

Organic EU; Organic NOP/COR; SAGAP; HACCP

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Description

Cinnamomum verum is an aromatic and sweet-spicy flavoured plant belonging to the Lauraceae family. Once exclusive to Sri Lanka, cinnamon is now cultivated around the world and is even regarded as an invasive weed in some countries due to its prolific growth in certain climates. Cinnamon has a history as a highly valued crop and was considered a luxury before its widespread cultivation. Today, cinnamon is produced for its use as a seasoning for a wide variety of cuisines, including liquor, candy, sweet and savoury dishes. The antioxidants of its essential oils are also used the cosmetic and medical industries. 

Medical Benefits

Cinnamon has a history in the traditional medicine of Sri Lanka, India, Ancient Egypt, Ancient Roman and Ancient Greek societies. Recent studies have been conducted on the nutrient rich oils produced by the bark and leaves of cinnamon to conclude that it may have the following medical benefits:

  • Anti-microbial properties.

  • Anti-inflammatory properties.

  • Cholesterol reducing properties.

  • Blood sugar balancing properties.

 

Cloves

Syzygium aromaticum

Country of origin: Indonesia

Certification:

Organic EU; Organic NOP/COR; SAGAP; HACCP

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Description

Cloves are the aromatic flower buds of the Syzygium aromaticum of the Myrtaceae family. They are native to the Maluku Islands of Indonesia and have been the subject of trade as they were regarded as a luxury item and an ingredient to traditional medicines since the early 3rd century. Today cloves are produced for culinary use as a flavour in a variety of foods and drinks. They are also produced to make a fragrance for the perfume industry, and for cigars for the tobacco industry.

Medical Benefits

The first recorded use of cloves as an ingredient for traditional medicine was in Ancient China as a treatment for toothache. Cloves have since been used throughout the world as an ingredient in the traditional medicines of many cultures. Today, the essential oils and vitamins of the cloves have been extensively studied with the following potential medical benefits being the results: 

  • Anti-bacterial properties.

  • Improve liver health.

  • Reduce stomach ulcers.

  • Promote bone health by increasing bone mineral density.

 

Coriander Seeds

Coriandrum sativum

Areas of origin: Southern Europe, Northern Africa and Southwestern Asia

Certification:

Organic EU; Organic NOP/COR; SAGAP; HACCP

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Description

Coriander seeds are the roasted and dried seeds of the coriandrum sativum plant belonging to the Apiaceae family. Coriander has long been cultivated for its seeds, with evidence of cultivation dating back to Ancient Egypt. Coriander seeds are used as a spice for cooking due to the warm, nutty, spicy and citrus flavours which pair well with a variety of different foods. 

Medical Benefits

Although most commonly used as a spice for seasoning, recent studies conducted on the nutrients and vitamins of coriander have revealed that it may have following medical benefits:

  • Balance blood sugar levels.

  • Promote Healthy digestion and gut health.

  • Anti-bacterial properties.

 

Fennel Seeds

Foeniculum vulgare

Areas of origin: Greece and Italy

Certification:

Organic EU; Organic NOP/COR; UTZ; RFA; FairTrade; SAGAP; HACCP

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Description

Fennel seeds dried seeds of the Foeniculum vulgare plant. First cultivated in Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome, fennel is now grown around the world and is considered an invasive species in some countries. There are two species of fennel, one with a sweet, anise (liquorice) flavour used for fennel seeds for spices and flavouring, and a bitter, pungent variation used for insect control and traditional medicine. Both variations produce the active ingredient Anethole. Fennel seeds are most commonly used for flavouring for cooking, but are also used for tea and beverages, perfumes, lotions and natural colourants for the cosmetic industry.

Medical Benefits

Fennel seeds were first used in traditional medicine in Ancient Roman and Ancient Greek societies. Today studies on the active ingredients of fennel have led researchers to conclude that fennel may have the following potential medical benefits:

  • Anti-inflammatory properties.

  • Hepatoprotective properties.

  • Blood sugar balancing properties.

  • Promote digestive and gut health.

  • Chemopreventative and anti-carcinogenic properties.

 

Ginger

Zingiber officinale

Area of origin: Southeast Asia

Certification:

Organic EU; Organic NOP/COR; UTZ; RFA; FairTrade; SAGAP; HACCP

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Description

Ginger is a flowering plant with a strongly flavoured and scented root commonly used for spices for cooking and in tradition medicines. Its history as an ingredient for traditional medicine and a spice dates back to 400 BCE in Ancient Chinese society. Ginger was first cultivated in Southeastern Asia, but has since been produced around the world. It is an extremely popular ingredient for a variety of cuisines from around the world. Its strong scent and flavour have also made it an extremely popular flavour and ingredient in hot, cold and alcoholic beverages.

Medical Benefits

Due to its strong scent and flavour, ginger has been commonly used in many cultures for traditional medicine, religious rituals and to prevent scurvy on sea voyages. Today, studies have resulted in the following potential medical benefits being attributed to ginger:

  • Treatment for nausea.

  • Reducing muscle pains.

  • Anti-inflammatory properties.

  • Blood sugar level balancing properties.

  • Indigestion treatment.

  • Reducing menstrual pain.

  • Anti-carcinogenic and Chemopreventative properties 

 

Mustard Seeds

Brassica juncea

Area of origin: Southern Asia

Certification:

Organic EU; Organic NOP/COR; SAGAP; HACCP

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Description

Mustard seeds are the small round seeds of variations of the mustard plant. Mustard seeds come in three variations which include Black mustard seeds, Brown Indian mustard seeds and white/yellow mustard seeds. The plants have been cultivated throughout history for its use as a spice, and has significance in the Christian, Muslim, Jewish and Buddhist religions. Mustard seeds are most commonly cultivated for use as a spice for the culinary industry, but are also used in the cosmetic and medical industries. 

Medical Benefits

Mustard seed popularity is not limited only to its use as a spice, and has been used by various cultures as an ingredient for their traditional medicines. Studies conducted on the properties of mustard seeds have confirmed that mustard seeds could may the following medical benefits:

  • Anti-carcinogenic and chemopreventative properties.

  • Headache pain relief.

  • Indigestion pain relief.

  • Bone, teeth and gum strengthening properties.

 

Star Aniseed

Illicium Verum

Area of origin: China and Vietnam

Certification:

Organic EU; Organic NOP/COR; SAGAP; HACCP

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Description

Star aniseed is the star shaped seed pod of the Illicium Verum tree, native to China and Vietnam. The pods are used to produce a popular spice with a strong taste and fragrance very similar to aniseed. Star aniseed is a popular ingredient in many industries, including the food and drink industry, the tea industry, the alcohol industry, the cosmetic industry and the perfume industry. While it is an extremely popular ingredient in multiple industries, around 90% of the total star aniseed harvest is used in the extraction of shikimic acid for use in antiviral medication.

Medical Benefits

With a history in both traditional and modern medicine, star aniseed has been the subject of many studies to determine its medical benefits. Studies have so far concluded that the properties of aniseed, limonene, shikimic acid, antioxidants, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties may give it the following medical benefits:

  • Antiviral properties.

  • Anti-fungal properties

  • Antibacterial properties

 

Turmeric Powder

Curcuma domestica val longa

Area of Origin: Southern Asia

Certification:

Organic EU; Organic NOP/COR; SAGAP; HACCP

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Description

Turmeric powder is made from the root of the Curcuma Domestica plant, which is closely related to ginger. Turmeric powder is most commonly used as a spice in many culinary dishes due to its warm, bitter and pepper-like taste and its earthy, mustard aroma. Turmeric powder is also used as a natural colourant for dyes, and is used for the yellow colour of Buddhist monk robes. When introduced to Medieval Europe, turmeric was known as Indian Saffron. Turmeric also has a history as an ingredient in the traditional medicines of China and India, and is also used for ceremonial purposes in various cultures in Southern Asia.

Medical Benefits

Although most commonly used as a spice, studies conducted on the properties of turmeric have revealed that its rich blend of vitamins and antioxidants may give it the following medical benefits:

  • Prevention of Alzheimer's disease.

  • Anti-carcinogenic and chemopreventative properties.

  • Immune system boosting properties.

  • Lowers bad Cholestrol levels.

 

Vanilla

Vanilla planifolia

Area of Origin: Uganda

Certification:

Organic EU; Organic NOP/COR; SAGAP; HACCP

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Description

Flat leaved Vanilla, once native to Mexico but now found worldwide, is a plant commonly used for flavouring and cosmetics. It is characterised by its white flower, its bean-like fruit and its strong aroma. Vanilla is cultivated for the pods and seeds of its fruit, which are both used in the production of the vanilla flavouring.

Medical Benefits

Vanilla extract has a variety of health benefits which have been used in both alternative and could potentially be used in modern medicine for the following medical properties it may possess:

  • Reducing cholesterol level.

  • Preventing hair loss.

  • Reducing acne.

  • Reducing allergies and easing respiratory conditions.