Herbs and spices add taste and aroma to your food. Along with being an inexpensive way to add flavor to food without the extra fat and calories, herbs and spices can give you many health benefits also.
But do you know which common spices and herbs can be used as medicines? In case the answer is no, then here is a list of herbs and spices.
- Garlic: To make a dish tasty, often people use garlic. However garlic can be eaten raw to prevent many health problems. It has diaphoretic, diuretic, expectorant, stimulant, antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, antifungal and antiseptic properties. In Ayurveda, garlic is often used in the treatment of cough, chronic bronchitis, ear infection, asthma, menstrual cramps, ringworm and indigestion.
- Ginger: Another ingredient commonly used in cooking is ginger which also has immense health benefits. Ginger helps stop nausea and relieves heartburn and bloating. It is also used to treat headaches, colds, menstrual cramps and flu-like symptoms. The medicinal benefit of ginger comes from it anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, antifungal, antiseptic, antibacterial and antiviral properties.
- Cinnamon: Used both in sweet and savory dishes, cinnamon are extremely good for health. It has anti-oxidant, anti-diabetic, anti-septic, anti-inflammatory, carminative and anti-flatulent properties. It can help to reduce blood glucose and bad cholesterol and can be used in treatment of common cold, indigestion, heartburn, nausea and diarrhea. The spice can even be used as a natural food preservative due to its ability to stop bacteria like yeast and mold from growing.
- Turmeric: Turmeric is used in cooking for both flavor and intense color. It has antiseptic, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory as well as antioxidant properties. You can use turmeric in the treatment of common cold, cough, arthritis, acne, pimples as well as indigestion. Experts say drinking a glass of warm milk with a teaspoon of turmeric in it before going to bed is one of the top secrets behind healthy body.
- Black Pepper: It is probably the most popular spice in the world. Apart from turning a bland dish into an exciting meal, black pepper provides many health benefits due to its impressive antioxidant and antibacterial effect. Also it is an excellent source of manganese and vitamin K, a very good source of copper and dietary fiber, and a good source of iron, chromium, and calcium. You must include black pepper in your diet to improve digestion and promote intestinal health.
- Cumin: This pungent and powerful spice helps with digestion and work as an antiseptic. It can also be used to treat skin ailments like eczema and psoriasis and regulate the digestive system. Most of the health benefits of cumin comes from its anti inflammatory, carminative, antioxidant and anti-flatulent properties.
- Oregano: Both fresh and dried oregano leaves have medicinal properties. Oregana has carminative, stomachic, diuretic, diaphoretic, expectorant, antibacterial, antioxidant, antimicrobial and mild tonic properties. Plus, it is an excellent source of vitamins and minerals like magnesium, copper, iron, zinc, calcium and potassium. It is used to treat common cold, menstrual cramp, asthma attacks and different types of cancer.
- Basil: This low-calorie herb is rich with antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. Plus, it is a store house of essential nutrients like vitamins, calcium, iron, omega-3 fats, manganese, copper and magnesium which play a key role in keeping you healthy year around.
So, if you want to spice up your life and enjoy good health, include these herbs and spices to your diet.