The next time you need to go to the chemist or visit your physician, first walk into your kitchen …look around …you will in all probability come across some common herbs, spices and seasonings. These not only tickle your taste buds, but also make you heal wonderfully! Welcome to the Indian Kitchen – the home of spices & health benefits.
The role of our spices doesn’t limit to flavouring and colouring alone …that’s a given;
Spices intensify salivary flow; they help to check infection; they treat acne, cough; they act as stimulant to the digestive system and helps digestion in many ways; they can also serve as a substitute for medicines. And lo! These kitchen home remedies will be as effective as medicines. It goes without saying that these natural culinary ingredients are a treasure to mankind!
While Fenugreek seeds (methi) are used to treat arthritis, asthma, bronchitis, improve digestion, maintain a healthy metabolism, increase libido and male potency, cure skin problems (wounds, rashes and boils), treat sore throat, and cure acid reflux; Tumeric (haldi) has powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties; Black Pepper (kali mirch) aids digestion, is an antioxidant, serves as a cold & flu remedy; Ginger helps in easing upset stomach, motion sickness, is used to treat arthritis, has anti-inflammatory properties; Garlic fights infections, has antifungal, antiviral and antibacterial properties, it has anti cancer properties and is useful in preventing cancer, it may help prevent heart disease by lowering blood pressure and slowing the hardening of the arteries, it can also play the role of a blood thinner, it also has the ability to help prevent the common cold.
Honey makes excellent cough medicine, can treat wounds, honey diluted with a bit of warm water can improve scalp condition that causes dandruff and itching, helps boost your energy, reduces allergy symptoms; Cardamom (elaichi) provides gastrointestinal protection, controls cholesterol, cancer, gives relief from cardiovascular issues, improves blood circulation, cures dental diseases and urinary tract infections, possesses aphrodisiac properties and is also used as a cure for impotency, erectile dysfunction, and premature ejaculation; Asafoetida (hing) is an ancient home remedy for indigestion, has excellent anti-inflammatory properties, is an anti-oxidant agent, treats respiratory tract infections and cough, aids menstrual cramps, irregular periods and pain; Cumin (jeera) improves digestion, beats constipation, regulates blood pressure and heart rate, relieves asthma and cold, helps prevent anaemia, improves sexual health, great for pregnant mothers, helps to deal with insomnia, enhances memory; Carom (ajwain) serves as an instant remedy for stomach ache, extremely beneficial for earache, tooth ache, influenza, heart problems, arthritis, nasal blockage, it also cools down excessive sexual desire.
Undoubtedly these regular kitchen seasonings and spices used in our cooking daily contain a wealth of medicinal properties. They have the power to soothe minor everyday complaints magically and also prevent some serious ailments. Needless to say, Your Kitchen May Unleash The Doctor In You! It’s important to note that, though these spices provide innumerable benefits they should be used sparingly. In order to make optimal use of the resources provided by nature, use these spices specifically and strike the right balance!
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