Spices as Herbal Medicines Part 2
Spices as Herbal Medicines (part 2)
All spices possess unique medicinal properties. They are unique and they do not have any side effects too but those spices which are very strong should be used in small quantities because of the intense flavor and heat they contain. Otherwise spices are the most ready-to-hand medicines for common health problems and their long-term use can protect us from many fatal diseases. Here some of the spices and their medicinal benefits have been described but these are only very few of their benefits. Science is unearthing many of the other benefits they possess.
Mint: Mint is one of the oldest plant and for centuries it has been enjoyed for its strong but refreshing aroma. Mint teas have been brewed by people belonging to different regions for health and flavor too.
Benefits: Mint use is common for both cookery as well as for medical purposes. It relieves from digestive tract inflammation and is really good herbal medicine for nausea and vomiting. While brewing mint tea the pan's lid should be covered to prevent evaporation of volatile oils.
Mustard Seeds: Mustard seeds grow commonly in the warm climates and their use is very common in India, US and Canada. Mustard seeds are of three types: brown mustard, black mustard and white mustard. Mustard oils too have long been used in most parts of the world.
Benefits: Mustard oil is used for messaging and it is part of the cuisines too. It relieves from pain and therefore it is used to heal pain in any part of the body by messaging. Mustard oil is very low in cholesterol and thought to contain anti-caner effects too. apart from other nutrients and benefits mentioned above it contains sufficient amount of calcium, magnesium, zinc, niacin, selenium, iron, phosphorus, manganese, dietary fiber and omega-3 fatty acid which is important in lowering the cholesterol level and reduce chances of heart attack.
Nigella Seeds: Nigella seeds are also called as fennel seeds, nutmeg flowers, black cumin and caraway seeds but all of these names are given to other seeds too. Therefore nigella is the best name we can give to this seed. Nigella seeds are black and they have strong bitter taste. their use is very common in making pickles and in breads for topping. in cookery it is added to the food when it is cooked because cooking for long time can give bitter taste to the food.
Benefits: Nigella seeds possess amazing health benefits. Science is unearthing its benefits today but people from ancient times used this seed for several healing purposes. Today it is thought that this seed is helpful in treating cancer of some kinds, especially of abdomen, eyes and liver. It is also used to treat bronchitis, cough and asthma. In Islam it is considered as one of the most wonderful herbal medicine and Prophet Muhammad once narrated that this seed contains treatment for any disease accept death.
Nutmeg: Nutmeg is very similar in taste to mace but there are subtle difference between the two. Nutmeg is slightly more aromatic than mace. But they are mostly used together because of similarity of taste.
Benefits: Nutmeg is anti-inflammatory and antibacterial. It has sedative effects too. It removes bad breathe from mouth and is also helpful in indigestion, but in any case it is used in very small amount.
Pomegranate Seeds: Pomegranate seeds are obtained simply by drying pomegranate in the air and then they are stored for use in different recipes or for medicinal use.
Benefits: Pomegranates are called as super fruits because of the nutritional benefits they possess. They are especially beneficial for treating cancer and this has been proved by many researches. Pomegranate promote healthy heart and are helpful in treating osteoarthritis and many other diseases. They help in regulating the overall health of the body by regulating cellular and molecular functions in the body. They have been proved to be beneficial in treating diabetes, skin cancer and prostate cancer.
Poppy Seeds: Poppy seeds are obtained from poppy flowers and their use is common all around the world. They are grown in Afghanistan, India, Pakistan, Holland and Canada and in many other parts of the world.
Benefits: Poppy seeds contain many minerals like iron, manganese, magnesium and zinc. They also boost enzymatic activity in the body. Omega-3 fatty acids are also found in poppy seeds.
Red Chillies: The most commonly found spice and its used is general in Indian and other Asian cuisines. Red pepper is the most intense pepper and it releases heat in the mouth when consumed. there are variety of red pepper available and it can be found easily in any part of the world.
Benefits: The benefits of red chillies range from headaches, arthritis and diabetes to cancer and other malignant diseases. It is rich in vitamin C, magnesium, copper, vitamin B, and iron.
Saffron: Saffron is a rich-yellow colored herb and its use is very common in middle east and some other eastern countries. It has a strong flavor therefore a very small amount is enough to be added. It is an expensive herb too.
Benefits: It relieves from the pain of kidney stones, relieves stomach aches and depression. It also contain anti-oxidants therefore its use is also beneficial for treating cancer. some studies have also proved some memory-enhancing effects of saffron rich food. This herb has some side effects too therefore its use should be made in small amounts.
Sesame Seeds: Sesame seeds have been in use from so many years not only for adding flavor to the food but for medicinal use too. sesame is used as in the form of seeds as well as its oil is extracted which contains many health benefits.
Benefits: Sesame seeds contain many minerals like iron, zinc, copper, magnesium and manganese. Sesame seeds help lower blood pressure, reduce migraine and provide relief to asthma patients. It also help fight with carcinogenic chemicals.
Star Anise: Star anise is called by this name due to its star shape. Not only the shape is beautiful but the aroma too is very flavoring but strong. Its use is common along with cloves and black pepper in many cuisines.
Benefits: It is antiviral and is used to treat colic in babies. It relieves from intestinal gas and reduces stomach aches. It reduces headaches and boosts vitality. It can be applied externally to the body to treat skin diseases.
Tamarind: Tamarind is the most sour herb and it is obtained from tamarind plant. Tamarind plants are common in India and Pakistan and in many other eastern countries. Tamarind pulp is added to increase the flavor of the dish.
Benefits: Tamarind is a rich source of vitamins, fiber, potassium, magnesium and other nutrients necessary for good health. It helps in digestion and is a laxative too. It lowers cholesterol and therefore it reduces chances of heart attack or other heart related problems. It is rich in vitamin c and therefore it provides a protection against colds and fever.
Turmeric: Turmeric is a yellow herb. Turmeric use can be traced back to India some 2500 years ago. At first it was used as a dye. Today its use is common in almost every cuisine in India and Pakistan.
Benefits: It has anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-septic properties. It has been proved to prevent metastasis in cancer patients. It is a natural pain-killer and therefore it can be used in milk or in any other liquid to provide relief from backache, headache, toothache etc.
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