Burn fat, boost immunity and banish period pain naturally!


Home remedies are something of a lost art, but it was once common knowledge which household herbs could be whipped up in to a tea or a tincture to treat a number of ailments. With more and more people adopting healthier lifestyles, interest is building around what we can use naturally to better our health. These are my top five herbs and spices to always keep on hand for a quick health fix!


Fresh is best, and it’s super easy to grate this rhizome up and make a tea for period pain or nausea. Just keep the lid on while it brews as it keeps all the good stuff in! Feeling the sniffles? Add a spoonful of Manuka honey and you’ve got a warming, cold-blasting tonic to get you on your feet again.

Fennel seeds

There is no better treatment for tummy bloating and poor digestion than fennel! Grind the dried seeds up and make a tea, or dry-fry them whole and sprinkle them over your favourite veggies!


This spice tastes delicious on all kinds of sweet treats, but interestingly cinnamon also actually balances blood sugar to help keep those chocolate cravings at bay. Adding half a teaspoon to your morning smoothie is a great way to get your craving-free day started.


Got a painful mouth ulcer? Skip the painkillers and use this all-natural anaesthetic instead. Rub a little of the ground spice around the area to numb the pain. They also provide the added benefit of fighting off infection.

Cayenne pepper

Capsaicin is the superhero here that helps to get your metabolism going first thing in the morning. A pinch of dried cayenne in hot water with lemon juice is a good way to go. Follow it up with a chaser of green tea if you really want to maximise those fat-burning effects!

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Reece Carter
Gym junkie, clean-eating cook, gardener, and massive herb-nerd, Reece Carter had been interested in natural health for several years when it dawned on him that he could actually make it a career! With a Bachelor of Health Science under his belt and two years of clinical practice, Reece sees clients from the Naturopathic Collective of Australia in Melbourne. Areas of particular focus for Reece include gut health, allergies, weight management, stress and mood disorders. Individualised advice is the name of the game for Reece, and he truly believes that natural health needs to be aimed at the whole person (and not just the condition) to be effective. He works extensively with nutrition and believes that there is no ‘one size fits all’ diet for optimum health. His real passion though, is herbal medicine. With a YouTube channel that teaches the basics of herbal medicine, Reece has a big dream of empowering you to learn how to make your own home herbal remedies. Reece also recently co-founded a hand-crafted herbal tea brand called SUM T. Each of the SUM T. blends are designed by Reece and reflect his love of herbal medicine.