Spices can add much more than flavor, color and variety to your favorite foods; many also have unique health-promoting properties. So if salt and pepper are the only spices in your kitchen, you”re missing out on a host of interesting flavors and some potentially potent health benefits. Apart from adding color, flavor and taste, consumption of spices provide infinite health benefits. Some may even be a substitute for your costly beauty products and even medicines. Here are some Kitchen spices that have healing effects:
Here are a few of my favorite spices with their benefits:
Fenugreek (methi): The Fenugreek herb has been known to help reduce fever when taken with lemon and honey, since it nourishes the body during an illness. It is mainly used as a green leafy vegetable and seeds are used for seasoning and preparing masalas. It also has many medicinal uses. Fenugreek stimulates uterine contractions and can be helpful to induce childbirth. However, pregnant women should only use Fenugreek for inducing labor after consulting with their doctor. This natural herb has very potent seeds, which help treat balding, thinning of hair and hair fall. It is also helpful for treating diabetes and lowering cholesterol as it helps in reducing blood sugar levels.
Turmeric (haldi): Turmeric is one of nature”s most powerful healers. Turmeric is a natural antiseptic and antibacterial agent, useful in disinfecting cuts and burns. When combined with cauliflower, it has shown to prevent prostate cancer and stop the growth of existing prostate cancer. Many use it as a readily available antiseptic for cuts, burns and bruises. It also makes coping with diabetes easier. Raw Turmeric juice is used to treat hyper acidity and indigestion. If you suffer from digestive problems this may be the herb for you. Turmeric helps digest fats by stimulating the flow of bile. No wander it was used traditionally as a digestive aid. Smearing with turmeric paste cleans skin and beautifies it. Its antiseptic and healing properties prevent and cure pimples.
Black Pepper (Kali Mirch): Black pepper is a spice that has the potential to make food more beneficial when used in various recipes and as a table spice. Pepper is one of the oldest and most important of all spices. It is usually dried (known as peppercorn when dried) and used as a spice and seasoning. Black pepper is useful in relieving flatulence. It has good anti bacterial properties and that too, without side effects. It is very effective in curing bacterial infections in mouth, colon, digestive system, urinary tract etc. It also disinfects food stuffs in which it is added and protects them from bacterial infections for long.
Cardamom (elaichi): Cardamom is the “queen of spices”, it is one of the most valued spices in the world. Cardamom isn”t just healthy, it”s tasty, too. Cardamom has a strong, unique taste, with an intensely aromatic fragrance. Cardamom is used chiefly in medicines to relieve flatulence and for strengthening digestion activities. Ground cardamom seed mixed with ginger (adrak), cloves (laung) and coriander (dhania), is an effective remedy for indigestion. A tea made from cardamom is valuable in headache caused by indigestion. This can also be used as a remedy in the treatment of depression. Green cardamom is broadly used to treat infections in teeth and gums, to prevent and treat throat troubles, and congestion of the lungs. Daily gargling with an infusion of cardamom and cinnamon (dalchini) cures pharyngitis, sore-throat and also protects one from flu.
Cumin (jeera): The seeds themselves are rich in iron and are thought to help stimulate the secretion of enzymes from the
pancreas which can help absorb nutrients into the system. It has also been shown to boost the power of the liver”s ability to detoxify the human body. Cumin seeds are used for cooking and also possess many medicinal properties. Cumin can also be applied topically and is said to be a good salve for boils. Make a black cumin paste by grinding seeds with water and apply to the affected area. Cumin is extremely good for digestion and related problems. The very smell (aroma) of it, which comes from an aromatic organic compound called Cuminaldehyde, the main component of its essential oil, activates our salivary glands in our mouth (the mouth watering flavor), facilitating the primary digestion of the food.
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