The earliest evidence of the use of spice by humans goes back to 50,000 B.C. Spices have been used from birth to death and even after death for embalming. They have miraculous healing values. The spices that we use in our cooking are full of healthy antioxidants which kill the free radicals and protect us from dangerous diseases. There are a lot of spices all over the world of which I have taken only ten Indian spices which are commonly used.
Ten Indian healing spices
Asafetida is a gum obtained from a tall herb. It has been used in India as an indigenous medicine for stomach troubles, and spasmodic disorders. In this country, it is usually taken in the rainy season mixed with jaggery. It frees the body from cough, cold and other respiratory ailments.
There are two types of cardamom: large cardamom which is dry and black in color and small one which is light green. Apart from being used for flavoring cardamom is used for medical purposes. It is a handy remedy for digestive disorders. Decoction of cardamom with equal quantity of dried ginger and garlic, given twice a day, treats intestinal worms, pain in stomach, nausea and indigestion. Chewing this spice will not only improve your eyesight but also strengthens the nervous system.
This is a highly fragrant spice acting as an astringent. It is good for curing acidity, diarrhea, indigestion, colic and rheumatism. It is used as an antibacterial and treats loss of appetite and intestinal colic. Cinnamon oil is a powerful local stimulant.
Clove is a spice is a stimulant and carminative spice used for seasoning for sweet and hot preparations. It is a good mouthwash and a reliable cure for all tooth problems.
Cumin is an herbal plant which yields aromatic seeds. The cumin seed, which has carminative and simulative properties, cures digestive disorders and stimulates appetite. It gives a cooling effect. The poultice of these seeds mixed with honey, salt and butter and is applied for scorpion sting and other poisonous bites.
It is a leguminous plant which has bitter and yellow seeds. It is used in curing diabetes, flatulence, diarrhea and enlargement of the spleen and liver. One teaspoonful of fenugreek powder mixed with one cup of milk taken daily helps diabetes in reducing sugar. One teaspoonful powder, taken daily with a glass of water before going to bed, cures constipation.
Garlic has prophylactic and curative properties and is very effective in reducing high blood pressure and has been found good for heart ailments. It renews tissues, purifies blood and improves digestion. Garlic is good for the entire body system and heals many diseases.
Pepper is one of the oldest and most important of all spices. It is known as the king of spices. Black pepper is a stimulant, pungent and aromatic tonic. Pepper is good for cold, phlegm, running nose and allergic problems. It has stimulating effect on the digestive organs and increases flow of gastric and digestive secretions. Decoction of pepper is good for gout, arthritis and scabies.
It is used to treat fever and enlargement of liver and spleen. It treats urinary and digestive disorders. Saffron paste in warm milk can be applied on nose and forehead to relieve cold and congestion.
It is an appetizer which helps digestion. It is a carminative and antiseptic and is used for diabetes. It is a very useful intestinal antiseptic. The dried powder or juice of turmeric rhizome, mixed with buttermilk or water is highly beneficial for intestinal problems, especially chronic diarrhea.
In a short essay like this, I could cite only a few remedies of the spices. Spices are invaluable treasure chests of great medical value which are still opening new vistas of medicinal benefits.