Wow the world of living with Autoimmune disease and Appropriate dietary medicine has come a long long way since I first started my diet created by Dr Chris Reading in Dee Why, Australia. It is encouraging to see that what is not called (Paleo) Auto Immune Protocol (AIP) is very similar to his. Some things are different but not much and the research and practice has informed this so much. And on top of that, there are all kinds of intelligent people who have changed their own diets for much improved health (with AI disease) and who also love food, feed their families with a view to health and nourishment and who can come up with a list like this. I ate no spices at all back then, only fresh herbs and even then I wondered. Now this is a great resource. Of course everyone need to see what works for them but this is so helpful!

Just please excuse the American inability to distinguish a herb from a spice !


Safe Spices [and herbs] (Leaves, Flowers, Roots, Barks)

Balm (lemon balm)Leaf of Melissa officinalis L.

Basil Leaves (Sweet)Leaf of Ocimum basilicum

Bay Leaves (Laurel Leaves)Leaf of Laurus nobilis

Chamomile Flower of Anthemisnobilis L. or Matricaria chamomilla L.

Chervil Leaf of Anthriscus cerefolium

Chives Leaf of Allium schoenoprasum

Cilantro (Coriander Leaf) Leaf of Coriandrum sativum

Cinnamon/Cassia Bark of Cinnamomum spp.

Cloves Bud of Syzygium aromaticum

Dill Weed Leaf of Anethum graveolens/Anethum sowa

Garlic Bulb of Allium sativum

Ginger Root of Zingiber officinale

Horseradish Root of Armoracialapathfolia Gilib. *(Read ingredients list for horseradish sauce!)

Lavender Flower of Lavandula officinalis Chaix.

Mace Aril of Myristica fragrans

Marjoram Leaves Leaf of Majorana hortensisMoench

Onion Powder Bulb of Allium cepa

Oregano Leaves Leaf of Origanum vulgare/Lippia spp.

Parsley Leaf of Petroselinum crispum

Peppermint Leaf of Mentha piperita

Rosemary Leaf of Rosmarinusofficinalis

Saffron Stigma of Crocus sativus

Sage Leaf of Salvia officinalis/Salvia triloba

Salt Mineral

Savory Leaves Leaf of Satureia montana/Satureia hortensis

Spearmint Leaf of Menthaspicata

Tarragon Leaf of Artemisia dracunculus

Thyme Leaf of Thymus vulgaris/Thymus serpyllum/Thymus satureioides

Turmeric Root of Curcuma longa

Be Cautious (Berries and Fruit)–best to eliminate initially

Allspice Berry of Pimenta officinalis

Star Anise Fruit of Illicium verum Hook

Caraway Fruit or Carum carvi Maton.

Cardamom Fruit of Elettariacardamomum

Juniper Berry of Juniperus communis

Black Pepper Berry of Piper nigrum White Pepper Berry of Piper nigrum

Green Peppercorns Berry of Piper nigrum

Pink Peppercorns Berry of Schinus terebinthifolius

Vanilla Bean Fruit of Vanilla planifolia/Vanilla tahitensisMoore

Avoid (Seeds)

Anise Seed Seed of Pimpinella anisum

Annatto Seed Seed of Bixa orellana

Black Caraway (Russian Caraway,

Black Cumin) Seed of Nigella sativa

Celery Seed Seed of Apium graveolens

Coriander Seed Seed of Coriandrum sativum

Cumin Seed Seed of Cuminum cyminum

Dill Seed Seed of Anethum graveolens/Anethum sowa

Fennel Seed Seedof Foeniculum vulgare

Fenugreek Seed of Trigonellafoenum-graecum

Mustard Seed Seed of Brassica juncea/B. hirta/B. nigra

Nutmeg Seed of Myristica fragrans

Poppy Seed Seed of Papaver somniferum

Sesame Seed Seed of Sesamum indicum

Avoid (Nightshades)

Capsicums Seed of Capsicum spp.

Cayenne Fruit of Capsicum annuum

Chili Pepper Flakes Many Varieties, fruit of Capsicum genus

Chili Powder Blend of fruit of Capsicum genus

Curry A spice mixture typically containing coriander, cumin, fenugreek, and red pepper. Paprika Fruit of Capsicum spp. Red Pepper Fruit of Capsicum

Source: » Spices on the Autoimmune Protocol by The Paleo Mom