Apart from use in kitchen, spices possess medicinal uses which have important role to alleviate common ailments. Spices have healing properties; some are antimicrobial, anti inflammatory, anti oxidant, antipyretic, hypolipidemic, hypoglycemic, carminative and digestive. Spices are commonly used in forms like powder, hot infusion and cold infusion. Below are some healthy home remedies with spices from your kitchen rack.
Halitosis & Toothache – Mouth gargle with hot infusion of cinnamon is recommended twice daily.
Diabetes – Cinnamon tea is recommended twice daily.
Cold and Cough – 1 cup hot infusion of cinnamon mixed with 1 tsp ginger juice is advised 3 – 4 times a day.
Nausea & Vomiting – A piece of cinnamon is kept in mouth and chewed.
Painful menses and PMS – 5 – 8 strands of saffron can be taken with water on an empty stomach or before food.
Pimples and Cracks in feet – Apply a paste of nutmeg and milk externally.
Insomnia – ¼ tsp nutmeg powder is taken with milk at night.
Urinary tract infection – Cold infusion of clove 5 – 10 ml is given every 15 minutes.
Vomiting & Anorexia in pregnancy – Hot infusion of clove is administered every few hours. Cardamom
Low energy – Cardamom milk or cardamom tea is taken.
Halitosis – Chew few cardamom seeds after every meal.
Anorexia, Indigestion – 1 tsp ginger juice mixed with salt is taken before meals.
Productive cough – 1 tsp ginger juice is taken with a pinch of turmeric 3 – 4 times a day.
Nausea, Vomiting, Gastritis – 1 tsp ginger juice mixed with a pinch of rock salt and asafetida is taken.
Dry ginger powder
Acute stomachache – ½ tsp of dry ginger is administered with warm water.
Post partum period – 1 tsp fenugreek mixed with jiggery is taken to cleanse uterus and to enhance lactation.
Spasmodic pain due to indigestion – 1 tsp fenugreek powder mixed with curd is administered.
Leucorrhoea – Fenugreek seeds are boiled with water, filtered and used for vaginal wash.
Localized oedema and pain – Fenugreek powder mixed with mustard oil is applied.
Burning micturition – Cold infusion of coriander seeds and cumin seeds should be taken in small quantities frequently.
Swelling in feet – Hot infusion of coriander seeds can be taken 2 – 3 times daily.
Bronchitis – Ajwain added to steam inhalation makes breathing easier.
Recurrent cold – 1 tsp fried seeds of Ajwain is taken with warm water once or twice daily.
Indigestion, abdominal distension – Water boiled with cumin seeds are taken 3 – 4 times daily.
Anorexia– 1 glass of buttermilk added with 1 tsp crushed cumin seeds or cumin powder and rock salt is taken.
External wound& insect bite – Turmeric paste is applied externally. Cold and Cough – ¼ tsp of turmeric is taken with 1 glass of warm milk.
For beauty – 1 part turmeric is mixed with 5 parts green gram flour and used for bathing.
Cough & Asthma – Black pepper powder is taken with honey.
Sore throat – Gargling should be done with warm water boiled with black pepper and rock salt.
Diarrhea – Powder of fennel seeds 1 tsp and dry ginger ½ tsp should be taken 3 – 4 times a day.
Abdominal distension in infants – Cold infusion of fennel seeds 5 – 6 drops should be given before nursing infants to prevent abdominal distension and loose motion.
Burning sensation and Dryness in throat, excessive thirst – Decoction of fennel and coriander seeds should be taken twice or thrice daily.
Though spices provide infinite health benefits they should be used sparingly. Add spice to your life by making optimal use of the nature’s gift to humanity.
This Article is written by Dr. Mita Kotecha (Ph. D.) Professor Dravyaguna Department NIA, Jaipur.
Benefits Of Organic Spices & Herbs
- Tastes better. Feels better
- Freedom from Additives
- Boosts your system Water for your thirst
- Protects health of future generations
- Keeps the rural communities healthy
- Supports ‘True’ Economy Keeping the livestock healthy
- Top soil remains on top
- Preserve Bio-diversity