Spices for your health and well-being

I grew up in a traditional Indian home, and our kitchen was also considered our medicine cabinet. I learned how to use spices as natural remedies to alleviate everything from a toothache to indigestion. India cultivates an array of spices that are used in Ayurvedic medicine, and I would like to share some of my favorites with you.

My Must-Have List:

Turmeric: This colorful super-spice is valued for its medicinal properties. Turmeric can help address a variety of health issues such as inflammation, heartburn, stomach pain, bloating, and arthritis. I always have it in my cupboard.

Ginger: Did you ever wonder why sushi is served with ginger? Well, sushi is raw, cold and filled with bacteria. Ginger is a powerful antibacterial that helps to negate the effects of bacteria. If you’re ever troubled by nausea, indigestion, cold or flu, try some ginger. 

Clove: Fragrant clove is a very versatile spice. Along with being popular for cooking and baking, it has been an essential part of Ayurvedic medicine for centuries. Clove oil can tackle numerous health concerns such as arthritis, rheumatism, and toothaches. It also aids in digestion and helps to heal wounds. Personally, I like to spice up my tea with a few pieces of clove.

Fennel Seeds: Every family member can benefit from fennel. This warm, aromatic spice relieves indigestion, bloating, colic, and menstrual disorders. Fennel contains antioxidants that help prevent degenerative diseases, including diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, and macular degeneration.  

Cardamom: Crack open the cardamon seeds and use the green pods. This traditional Indian spice is prized for its healing properties.  Cardamon improves blood circulation, helps relieve respiratory issues, and releases toxins. Quick tip: If you need to freshen your breath, chew on a few pods.

Next time you visit your favorite farmers market or local store, I hope you’ll be inspired to try these recommendations. They will satisfy your palate and are excellent for your health. 

Please consult your doctor before making any changes to your diet or lifestyle. 

 

Manya Yeva