Spices (cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg)

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 Question mark: This treatment has not been properly researched. It is not possible to say whether they are useful or not.

What is it?

Some people believe that common spices such as cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg can enhance mood. These spices are commonly used in cooking, but can also be found in some supplements, oils and aromatherapy products.

How does it work?

It is unclear how spices could enhance mood.

Is it effective?

There is no scientific evidence on the use of spices to treat depression.

Are there any disadvantages?

Because there is little scientific evidence on spices, it is unclear if there are any potential disadvantages. As with all dietary supplements, they may have negative interactions with prescribed medications or other supplements. They should always be taken under the supervision of a health care professional.  It is possible that large doses of spices could cause side effects or have toxic effects.

Where do you get it?

Common spices such as cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg can be purchased from supermarkets.


Given the lack of evidence on spices, they cannot be recommended as a treatment for depression.

Last updated and reviewed: 1 December 2016