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Spice Oils of Kerala
Black pepper Oil
Black pepper is from peperaceae family and the plant is piper nigrum. The plant is a climbing woody vine, uses trees to grow to about 20-25 feet in height. Usually the fully ripe berry is plucked, but for oil, it is unripe red fruit of the plant.
It is used for treating pain, rheumatism, chills, flu, colds, muscular aches, fevers, and as a tonic for nerves . It is good for digestion.
It causes irritation to sensitive skins and avoided in pregnancy.
The spice herb Nutmeg is used in potato and meat curry reparations in Europe and Japan and an ingredient of popular ‘Garam Masala’ in India. Roman priests
used to burn nutmegs as incense. It is used to make soaps and cosmetic and also used as a room freshener.
Nutmeg oil is used to treat stress, pain, menstrual cramps, heart disorders, indigestion, blood pressure, cough, bad breath, respiratory problems, kidney problems and also as a tonic for lever and brain. It is a good remedy for anxiety and depression. Oil can remove toxins from the lever.
Cardamom, a reed like herb, grows up to 4-5 meters in height with green silky blades and small yellow flowers and its fruits contain many seeds.
Cardamom oil is good for digestion, nausea, dyspepsia and a remedy for impotence.
Coriander oil is extracted after crushing ripe seeds. The oil has no color and has a sweet spicy smell. It is used for migraine, tension and relieve wind and cramps on stomach. It is used to arthritis , pain, muscle spasms, and rheumatism.
Ginger, a herb grows up to 3 feet , is popular for its distinctive aroma and flavor.
Its medicinal properties include antiseptic, analgesic, bactericidal, expectorant, laxative, stimulant and febrifuge. It is used to treat stomach upsets, diarrhea, dyspepsia, indigestion, flatulence and stomach ache. It is good for migraine, arthritis, muscle aches and as a oil massage to relieve muscle pain. It reduces cholesterol levels and prevents cardiac arrest.
Betel Leaf Oil
It is from black pepper family, a vine , and leaves heart shaped with fragrance. It is the traditional chewing gum of Kerala. It is said to improve vocalization and conserves teeth. The oil is arousing, flatus, relieving and bactericidal. Oil is an Ayurvedic preparation.
Curry Leaves Oil
An ancient herb of India, the leaf is used to make taste and fragrance to dishes. It is also used to make tea and beverages. It is rich with medicinal properties and used to treat fever, blood pressure, vision, nausea and infertility. Kerala people mix it with coconut milk and salt to treat hepatitis.