How to make Your Mornings Better at Work – Improve your Morning Drinks with Spices

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Spices have many great health properties. But did you ever think of kick-starting your day by spicing up your morning drink?

Clever use of everyday kitchen spices can really help to set you up for your working day. Whether it’s something to help you concentrate, a quick pick-me-up, a hangover cure or something to keep you calm during a stressful meeting, a dash of spice can always help.

Instead of swinging by Starbucks for your usual skinny-latte en route to your desk, consider trying something spicy instead. Here are some ideas you might like to try.

1. Lemon and Turmeric Tea

You’ve probably encountered turmeric in curries and mustard – it’s what gives them a distinctive yellow colour. It’s also a powerful nutritional supplement.

Turmeric contains curcumin. This chemical compound is a powerful anti-inflammatory agent which is great for easing arthritic aches and pains. Curcumin has also been shown to reduce brain plaques that have been linked to Alzheimer’s disease, to improve memory and to fight depression.

If you suffer from aches and pains first thing in the morning, or you want to keep your brain sharp after a busy weekend, try a mug of lemon and turmeric tea.


  • ½ a lemon
  • ¼ teaspoon of turmeric
  • warm water
  • honey


Squeeze the lemon juice into your favourite mug. Add the turmeric and top up with warm water and stir well. If you’d like a little natural sweetness, add honey to taste.

2. Black Peppercorns

Peppercorns contain a compound called piperine. Piperine increases the level of beta-endorphins in your brain, effectively boosting cognitive thinking. This also improves your mood and promotes feelings of wellbeing and relaxation.

Piperine is also very effective at inhibiting one of the enzymes that breaks down serotonin, your feel-good hormone, so it’s great for keeping you cheerful and warding off feelings of depression.

Mix up a mug of orange and black pepper tea when you get to work to remedy the downer you might be feeling after a great weekend, and boost your brain power too.


  • Juice of one orange
  • ¼ teaspoon of ground black pepper
  • warm water
  • brown sugar


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Squeeze the orange juice into a mug. Add the black pepper and top up with warm water, and stir well. Add brown sugar to taste and stir well again.

3. Cinnamon

Cinnamon is a spice that you’ve probably tasted in desserts, especially around Christmas time. Cinnamon has great anti-inflammatory properties to fight your aches and pains on a Monday morning after a weekend’s partying. It’s also useful for fighting off viruses and inhibiting the growth of certain types of bacteria, including those responsible for some STIs.

Cinnamon contains more antioxidants than almost any other spice. Anti-oxidants reduce the signs of aging as well as providing protection from free-radicals and some chronic diseases like diabetes, arthritis and cancer.

Try a cup of cinnamon tea to start your day and keep pesky coughs and colds at bay.


  • mug of skimmed milk
  • ¼ teaspoon of powdered cinnamon
  • brown sugar or honey to taste


Warm the milk (don’t let it boil). Add the cinnamon powder and sweeten as desired. Stir well and enjoy.

4. Nutmeg

Nutmeg contains a compound called myristicin. This chemical boosts brain activity and keeps you feeling sharp and focused. It also improves memory and works to inhibit an enzyme known to contribute to Alzheimer’s disease.

Nutmeg is a powerful spice that should only be used in moderation – a pinch or two per day is plenty. Too much nutmeg can result in nausea or strong feelings of euphoria and even hallucinations.

Set yourself up for that important promotion board with a mug of nutmeg tea.


  • mug of skimmed milk
  • pinch of grated nutmeg
  • brown sugar or honey to taste


Warm the milk (don’t let it boil). Add the nutmeg and sweeten as desired. Stir well and enjoy.

5. Cayenne Pepper

Cayenne pepper has anti-fungal and immune system-boosting properties. It can increase your metabolism and stimulate your circulatory system. Cayenne is great as a system detox when used in conjunction with lemon juice.

Give your system a kick-start when you get to work with a mug of refreshing, zingy lime and cayenne tea.


  • juice of a lime
  • pinch of cayenne pepper
  • warm water
  • honey to taste


Squeeze the lime into a mug. Add the cayenne pepper and top up with warm water. Add honey to taste.

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Instead of your usual latte, sweet, milky breakfast tea or can of Coke, why not swerve the vending machine and give yourself a boost with a home-style spicy beverage? You might even want to try substituting your usual mid-morning or afternoon drink for something a little zingier to keep your mental energy levels up.

Is there a great spicy drink you’ve discovered that really perks you up at work? If so, we’d love to hear about it!