Last weekend I went to this lovely spice shop in Bogota where all spices come from their country of origin. It is the most beautiful little shop and there is so much to choose from. I have always bought spices in the supermarket what I didn’t realise is that what you get at the supermarket is not the best stuff. When you find a good spice shop, you will see what I mean.
Being a spice-aholic, I can’t resist browsing the good spices and buying a few things every time I’m in the area.
Here are some of the spices I bought:
Turmeric: This is a miraculous spice, extremely anti inflammatory and full of antioxidants, it’s amazing for warming up the body, supporting liver detoxification, fighting cancer and even though it stains everything yellow, it’s a great teeth whitener.
Cinnamon: I bought cinnamon for years at the supermarket not knowing that not all cinnamon is the same. When you try ceylon cinnamon you realise the beauty of cinnamon. Real, ceylon
cinnamon tastes almost like chocolate, and I go through it so fast. Also great for warming up the body, helps regulates blood sugar and actually can be used instead of sugar in many recipes.
Vanilla beans: This is probably the most delicious smelling spice to ever exist, extremely versatile and it’s great for adding sweetness to dishes without adding sugar. I got it because I want to make my own vanilla extract and apparently makes wonderful tea when mixed with cinnamon or peppermint.
Lavender: I have no idea what I’m going to do with this, the lady at the shop didn’t seem to think it was a good idea to make tea with it:) It is known for its calming and relaxing properties, being very helpful to use before bed time.
Cayenne: Another warming spice which is full of flavour. I love adding it to tomato and meat dishes. High quality cayenne pepper is very spicy, a real favourite flavour of mine. It is known to be anti fungal, a good digestive aid and it also stimulates the lymphatic system which is great for glowing skin. However, if you have rosacea or broken capillaries, it
can make them worse.
Rose petals: I love rose water sprayed on my face. It is very soothing, calms inflammation, moisturises the skin and it can also be used to set makeup. It’s very expensive though because I can’t get it in Colombia, so I thought making my own could be very exciting. Plus, rose petal tea is lovely.
Ginger: I prefer fresh ginger but it’s not available to me all the time so, dried ginger is great to have on hand. This is another great spice for detoxification of the liver, improving digestion and warming up the body. Ginger tea is my favourite one after dinner or in the morning with a spoon of coconut oil in it … delicious.
Basil: An absolute favourite of mine, I’m always frustrated that it doesn’t grow in my garden. The other day at my parent’s house my mum gave me some hibiscus tea and I was surprised to see some basil leaves in there too, it was unexpected and delicious!
Sesame seeds: I love putting them on top of a stir fry, a salad and I even use them on some desserts, they are versatile, delicious and nutritious.
Well, I think I will end this post here because as I said, I went a little crazy with too many spices, but these are the most “fun” ones.
Which are your favourite spices and how do you use them?
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