StoriesSpices of LifeThe condiments in your cupboard are stronger than you think. Read the stories behind some of the world's most powerful spices.Series informationcloseRoots of ginger (Zingiber officinale) watercolour. Source: Wellcome Collection. CC BY.Story Spice of Life: Black pepper to fuel fiery fights and cure haemorrhoidsThis common condiment was once very valuable and, until surprisingly recently, used as a versatile medicine.Story Spice of Life: Chillies and the trouble with ScovilleHow measuring the heat of these peppers can leave you a little lukewarm.Story Spice of Life: Ginger’s role in cures and courtroom battlesThis festive season, some people will use ginger to help with hangovers – but it hasn’t always been a friend to the thirsty.Story Spice of Life: Getting sexy with cinnamonAdd some flavour to your love life with this spice. It will warm up more than just your buns.Story Spice of Life: Cloves to mull, mask and numbSweet, pungent, warm, woody: cloves smell and taste like Christmas. But there’s much more to this spice than that.