Spicy, Healthy, Delicious!!! Health Benefits of Spices and Herbs

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Spicy, Healthy, Delicious!!!

Red, yellow, green, black, brown… a colour riot that exudes aroma!!!


Here is the Huge collection of Health Benefits of Spices and Herbs...

Spice
A spice is a dried seed, fruit, root, bark, or vegetative substance primarily used for flavouring, colouring or preserving food. Sometimes a spice is used to hide other flavours.

A spice may have an extra use, usually medicinal, religious ritual, cosmetics or perfume production, or as a vegetable. For example, turmeric roots are consumed as a vegetable and garlic as an antibiotic.



Herb

Herbs are any plant used for flavoring, food, medicine, or perfume. Culinary use typically distinguishes herbs as referring to the leafy green parts of a plant (either fresh or dried), from a "spice", a product from another part of the plant (usually dried), including seeds, berries, bark, roots and fruits.

Herbs have a variety of uses including culinary, medicinal, and in some cases spiritual usage. General usage of the term "herb" differs between culinary herbs and medicinal herbs. In medicinal or spiritual use any of the parts of the plant might be considered "herbs", including leaves, roots, flowers, seeds, resin, root bark, inner bark (and cambium), berries and sometimes the pericarp or other portions of the plant.

 
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[h=3]Curry Leaf[/h]

Curry leaves are highly aromatic and commonly used in Indian cuisine. It is also known as sweet neem leaves. It is widely used as seasoning in south India and to make chutneys and in curries.

It has lots of good medicinal properties.


Medicinal Use:

  • Regularly consuming curry leaves gives you healthy long hair
  • Helps prevent premature grey hair
  • Is an effective antioxidant
  • Helps prevent diabetes


 

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Basil



Basil is a widely used culinary herb is an important part of Italian cuisine. There are many varieties of basil including Sweet basil, Thai basil, Holy Basil and Lemon Basil. Each have a unique taste and aroma.

Medicinal Use:

  • Basil has antioxidant, antiviral and antimicrobial properties
  • Studies have shown that it has anti-cancer properties
  • Used in the treatment of stress
  • Provides relief from asthma
  • Can help prevent diabetes


 

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Garlic


Garlic has a characteristic pungent aroma and an uniquely intense flavor. It is widely used across the world in many cuisines as a seasoning and a condiment. It is used in making many sauces and curries.

Medicinal Use:

  • Has anti-bacterial antiviral, and antifungal properties
  • Helps lower cholesterol and fight heart disease
  • May help lower blood pressure
  • Aids digestion
  • Can help prevent cancer
  • Can help remedy fungal infections such as thrush
  • Can act as a decongestant and relieve common cold
 

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Ginger

Ginger root is a tuber and has a strong aroma and flavor. It is widely used as a spice to add a fresh taste to many dishes and also in making teas.

Medicinal Use:

  • Mixed with honey, ginger helps cure coughs and relieve sore throat.
  • Stimulates digestion and help your appetite
  • Helps with morning sickness and nausea in pregnant women
  • Has antibacterial properties
  • Used to treat diarrhea
  • Promotes health of gallbladder
  • Relieves joint pain and arthritis
  • Has cholesterol lowering property
  • Helps boost metabolism and lose weight
 

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Mustard seeds

Mustard seeds is a round hard seed varying in colour from yellow, dark brown to black.

They have a pungent taste and is widely used in many cuisines. In most of the west the yellow mustard seeds and ground up and used as a condiment. In the east the dark brown and black varieties are used mainly in seasoning.

Medicinal Use:

  • Has anti-inflammatory effects
  • Has anti-cancer properties
  • Helps reduce the severity of asthma
 
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Tulsi

Tulsi is a strongly scented herb and is used for religious and medicinal purposes. It is widely known as a herbal remedy in most parts of south Asia. It is considered as a sacred plant in India and worshipped.

Tulsi has a strong aroma and an astringent taste.


Medicinal Use:

  • Provides relief from common cold and cough
  • Tulsi juice when applied to acne and scars is very effective in curing them.
  • Provides relief from headaches
  • Can cure stomach disorders and improve digestion
  • Has anti-inflammatory properties and can provide relief form pains and aches.
  • Believed to help maintain blood sugar levels and treat diabetes
 

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Mint

Mint is a very aromatic and flavourful herb and is used widely used in cuisines all over the world. They add a fresh taste to add dish they are added to and makes them very refreshing. There are several different varieties of mint, the most commonly used ones being peppermint and spearmint. Both fresh and dried leaves are used in cooking.

Medicinal Use:

  • Widely used as a breath freshener
  • Treat Stomach Aches
  • Help whiten teeth
  • Provides relief from asthma
  • Help with many allergy conditions
  • Settles a nervous stomach
  • Soothes the digestive tract and helps digestion
  • Mint juices helps cure acne and fade scars
  • Mint tea is a strong diuretic and helps you lose water weight
  • Can help relive congestion caused by common cold
  • Can repel mosquitoes and some insects.
 

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Cumin seeds

Cumin seeds are used as a spice for their distinctive aroma and taste. It is used in making garam masala.

Medicinal Use:

  • Helps reduce nausea in pregnancy and morning sickness
  • Helps increase milk production and aids lactation
  • Helps with indigestion and cure diarrhoea
Used In:

  • Sauces and Curries
  • Garam Masala
  • Rasam
 

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Turmeric

Turmeric is one of the key ingredients in many curries providing them both color and flavor. It is also widely known and used for its medicinal properties

Medicinal Use:

  • Has strong anti-bacterial properties
  • It is a natural antiseptic and is used to treat cuts and burns.
  • Delay/Prevent Alzheimer's disease
  • Blood purifier
  • Used as a stomach tonic
  • Treat common cold and cough
 

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