The Medicinal Uses of Oils and Spices in Morocco

Sep 5, 2023

Morocco is one of our bucket list destinations for women only tours with The Adventurous Ewe.  It is not only a land of vibrant colours, diverse landscape, exquisite cuisine, but also its rich tradition of herbal medicine.  For centuries, Moroccans have harnessed the healing powers of oils and spices to treat various ailments and promote well-being.  

On our women only tour to Morocco, a visit to a spice shop, run by women, tucked away in one of the cobbled alleyways of the Fes Medina, is a must.  We had an interesting talk on the various uses of the different spices which amazed us all.  The neck massage was a bonus!


Argan Oil

Argan oil, known as Moroccan gold liquid, is not just celebrated for its culinary uses; it is also a prized beauty elixir with numerous medicinal benefits.  Rich in vitamin E and essential fatty acids, argan oil nourishes and hydrates the skin, making it a popular ingredient in skincare products worldwide.  Research has suggested that a dietary intake of this oil can reduce the aging process by reducing inflammation making it useful for reducing joint pain and arthritis.  Additionally, its heart healthy monounsaturated fats can help lower cholesterol levels and promote overall cardiovascular health.

Olive Oil

Olive oil also plays a significant role in traditional medicine.  It is known for its anti-inflammatory properties and is often used to soothe sore throats when consumed with a bit of honey or applied topically to relieve muscle pain.

Olive oil is sometimes infused with herbs and spices to create healing elixirs.  These concoctions are believed to aid digestion, alleviate constipation and even help with respiratory issues when massaged onto the chest.


Spices – Nature’s Pharmacy


Morocco’s extensive use of spices in both cooking and medicine is a testament to the therapeutic potential of these flavourful ingredients.  Here are some spices and their medicinal uses:



This warming spice is known for its anti-inflammatory properties and its potential to lower blood sugar levels.  It’s often used to treat digestive issues and regulate menstruation.



Ginger’s anti-nausea and anti-inflammatory properties make it a go to remedy for digestive discomfort, motion sickness and cold symptoms.  It can be brewed as a soothing tea or added to dishes.



Renowned for its powerful anti-inflammatory compound curcumin, turmeric is used to alleviate joint pain and inflammation.  It is also believed to support liver health and boost the immune system.



Cumin seeds are thought to aid digestion, alleviate gas and bloating and even stimulate milk production in nursing mothers.



Coriander seeds are used to ease digestive issues, reduce cholesterol levels and alleviate menstrual cramps.



Cardamom holds several vitamins and minerals.    Studies suggest that cardamom helps with some aspects of metabolic syndrome, which is a group of health conditions that can lead to heart disease and type 2 diabetes.  They include obesity, high blood sugar, hypertension and high cholesterol.



Sumac, which is used to enhance the flavour and colour of many dishes, also possesses skin protective properties and was traditionally used to treat wounds.  It can aid in the treatment of degenerative nervous system disorders and muscle discomfort after exercise.



The exorbitant cost of Saffron is due to the laborious task of harvesting.  Saffron is a powerful spice high in antioxidants. It has been linked to health benefits, such as improved mood and libido, as well as, reduced PMS symptoms and enhanced weight loss.


Mint: A cooling remedy

Fresh mint, a ubiquitous herb in Moroccan cuisine, is celebrated for its cooling properties.  Mint tea is a staple in Moroccan households and is often consumed to soothe upset stomachs, relieve headaches and alleviate indigestion.  The aromatic oils in mint can also help clear congestion and provide relief from respiratory issues.


A Holistic Approach to Health

The traditional remedies of Morocco continue to play a vital role in the health and wellness of its people.  These age old practices remind us of the profound connection between nature, culture and well-being, inviting us to explore the world of medicinal oils and spices with reverence and curiosity.

Join The Adventurous Ewe on our Moroccan women’s only tour, not only to immerse yourself in the culture and its people, but also gain valuable insights.