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Healing herbs and spices

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Herbs and spices are the ingredients that form the basis of Ayurvedic treatment. Their range and variety is so vast, that it is almost impossible for a layman to recognize all of them or learn their healing properties in one go. That’s why we have sorted out the most common ones that you can keep in handy to get relief from day-to-day health issues.


1. Turmeric

It’s a key ingredient in Indian cuisines not only due to the delighting colour it renders to food but also because of its healing properties. The bioactive compounds contained in turmeric are anti-inflammatory and can protect you from infections. You can also apply it over your face to get rid of acne. If you are having cold then add a pinch of turmeric to warm milk before going to bed and see the difference the next day.


2. Ashwagandha

An exotic herb known for healing all types of Vata doshas (activity of nervous system and elimination process of the body). A favourite herb of all herbal therapists, Ashwagandha can stabilize your brain, improve your cognitive powers, solve menstrual problems and treat tuberculosis, liver disease, etc.


3. Clove

Clove is enriched with bio active oils and various antioxidants which makes it a powerful anti septic, anti-inflammatory and analgesic agents. Clove oil is used primarily to reduce tooth ache, freshen breath and overall oral care. Regular intake of cloves provides you immunity against infections.

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4. Cinnamon

Cinnamon contains poyphenols, which is supposedly known to mimic the activity of insulin and thus might help to stabilize blood sugar levels. Cinnamon powder, for the same ingredient is used to lower bad cholesterol and improve digestion.


5. Basil

Basil or Holy Tulsi, is a powerful herb renowned to solve a wide range of respiratory problems. Being rich in vitamin C, the leaves and juice of Basil can enhance your immunity against common cold and reduce bronchitis and asthma. Basil also contains vitamin K, which is essential for improving health of your bones.


6. Ginger

Ginger is a regular spice which we eat almost every day. It enhances your appetite, improves your vital metabolic functions, is good for your heart and has a wide range of anti-inflammatory properties. The antioxidants potentially relieve you from cough, cold, sore throat, etc. Not to forger, ginger tea is extremely refreshing.


7. Garlic

Another common culinary ingredient is garlic. Although many find the strong aroma repulsive, you should eat garlic regularly. Garlic has the ability to protect your cells from free radical damage and it reduces risk of cancer. Garlic is often mixed with massage oils as it’s a natural pain relief ingredient.


8. Fennel Seeds

Fennel is an Indian spice, which is commonly known as “sauf”. If you regularly suffer from acidity, indigestion, gas and bloating then make sure you are chewing a small handful of fennel seeds every day after meal. Fennel seeds are also good for your respiratory tract; it’s a laxative and it beneficial for the hair and skin.


9. Rosemary

Rosemary is a wonderful herb of Mediterranean origin, having a soothing fragrance. Mostly used as a culinary condiment, rosemary is also a strong antioxidant. The herb can improve your memory and concentration, protect your nerves, reduce risk of cancer and improve your digestion. It’s one of the key ingredients of aromatic therapies.


10. Parsley

You can add this fresh bright green herb to your salads, daily. Parsley contains Vitamin A, B, C and K and therefore, it proves beneficial for your eyes, bones, brain and immune system. It also known to stabilize blood pressure and the oil is capable of controlling hair loss. 

Written by: healthplus24.com team
Date last updated: August 15, 2014

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