Closely related to the ginger family, turmeric root has the reputation of a ‘super-spice’, thanks to its varied and powerful healing properties. With a warming, bitter flavour, turmeric has long been used in Asian medicine to soothe stomach pain, constipation, abdominal cramps, and IBS (irritable bowel syndrome). One of its most important active ingredients, curcumin, contains potent anti-inflammatory properties, which as well as aiding gastro-intestinal issues, also helps reduce muscle pain, arthritis and gout. Studies have shown that curcumin can combat depression, anxiety, stress and mood swings, and boost cognitive ability. Turmeric may also improve liver function and stimulate the lymphatic system.