Spices have been long used in our kitchens for their aroma, taste and flavor that they give to food. But besides taste, they have amazing medicinal properties and can act as natural healers. A brief look at following information on spices can give us a deep insight and knowledge about them.
Spices can be classified according to the parts of plants from which they are derived:
1- Cardamom, chillies and pepper (Fruit Spices).
2- Aniseed, caraway, celery, coriander, fenugreek, mustard and nutmeg (Seed Spices).
3- Cloves and saffron (Flower Spices).
4- Cinnamon (Bark Spices).
5- Ginger and turmeric (Root Spices).
Following are some of the medicinal properties of various spices and condiments:-
1- Relief from Pain: Capsaicin in peppers acts as anesthetic and a painkiller. Other spices and condiments which serve as painkillers are asofoetida, bishop’s weed, clove, ginger, garlic, mustard seed, nutmeg, onion and poppy seeds.
2- Relief from Depression: Depression can be avoided by influencing serotonin, a neurotransmitter and by elevating mood. Cardamom, chilli pepper and garlic are anti-depressants.
3- Relief from Gas: Some spices help expel gas and relieve flatulence. They also have an antispasmodic, muscle relaxing effect in the intestine. Spices and condiments with carminative activity include aniseed, asofoetida, bishop’s weed, caraway seeds, cinnamon, clove, dill, fennel seeds, garlic, ginger and mint.
4- Relief from Coagulance: Platelets and other smallest blood components can be stopped from elumping together or aggregating and from building less colts that can clog arteries and hence keeping away heart attacks. The spices helpful in this regard are chilli pepper, garlic, clove, onion and ginger.
Apart from these, there are other ailments which can be avoided with the help of spices such as:-
1- Mucus-Cleansing: Some spices help in making the mucus thin and make it move along. They help in cleansing the air passages in lungs and lung’s secretions can be expelled normally. Spices helpful in mucus cleansing are aniseed, asofoetida, basil, bishop’s weed, chilli pepper, clove, fennel, garlic, ginger, mustard seeds, onion, tamarind and turmeric.
2- Diarrhoea: Dill, fenugreek seeds, garlic, ginger, mint, nutmeg and turmeric help in removing diarrhea by fighting bacteria in the intestines and thereby exerting a soothing effect. They help drain water out of the gut and solidify faces.
3- Bacteria: Garlic has antibiotic property. Bacteria die when exposed to garlic. Clove, cumin seeds, ginger, onion and turmeric are the other spices and condiments with antibacterial qualities.
4- Viruses: Some spices fight different viruses and thereby help prevent viral diseases. They are basil, cinnamon, dill, garlic, ginger, onion and turmeric.
5- Diabetes: Anti-diabetic qualities are present in cinnamon, curry leaves, fenugreek seeds, garlic and onion, which help in lowering blood sugar and stimulating insulin production.
6- Inflammation: Some spices like garlic, ginger, tamarind and turmeric help remove inflammation which is a key process in arthritis and other rheumatic affliction. There are other spices which serve as sedatives and tranquilizers such as aniseed, cumin seeds, dill, nutmeg and poppy seeds.
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