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What can HERBS do for us?

Herbalist Maya Daghighi from the College of Naturopathic Medicine looks at the health benefits of some basic herbs and spices

Herbs are used to add fragrance to our food, our homes and our beauty products, but it’s not just their fragrance that makes us love them! Almost all societies have traditionally used herbs for their amazing nutritional benefits as well as their therapeutic powers.


An anti-inflammatory powerhouse, used in everything from skin care to weight-loss and even arthritis support. The bright yellow colour indicates that turmeric is rich in antioxidants, helping cells to fight damage. It is best used in cooking and in combination with other digestive spices, such as ginger, black pepper, cumin or fennel. If you have fresh turmeric root, then add 1-2cm (½-1in) to a freshly made vegetable or fruit juice. Be aware that with turmeric, as well as some other kitchen herbs, high amounts might disagree with some digestive systems. High amounts are not required unless advised by your herbalist. Be careful when juicing or cooking with turmeric as it leaves hard-to-remove stains.

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Looking for some al fresco recipes to make your vegan barbecues and picnics more exciting this summer? Look no further than the August issue of Vegan Food & Living as we have ideas for burgers salads, quiche and beyond. Also this issue we share the best dishes to cook up on a camp fire, reveal how you can get involved in World Plant Milk Day 2018, share 23 remarkable facts about honeybees and why you shouldn't eat honey, plus how you can put together nature's best first aid kit.