Indian herbs and spices when feeling under weather

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Mon Apr 12, 2021

There are times when all of us need that extra care and warmth, and nothing gives more comfort than a cozy bed. But with all that rest, our body needs some extra nutrients as well to bring our routine back to normal. Although medicines help us cure illnesses faster, that visit to the doctor is takes time. However, for common and mild maladies, there is our Indian herbal shelf which can’t be ignored for all the precious herbs and spices it stores. So, lets dig a bit deeper and see which herb or spice can be used for specific conditions.

The first one is ginger. Ginger is a must when it comes to cooking in Indian households and I can hardly pick any dish which doesn’t use ginger in one form or the other. It might be used in just a small quantity, but its benefits are great. Ginger in itself is anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiviral, helps improve digestion, nausea, morning sickness and a lot more. It is a good source of antioxidants and can help treat sore throat too. Just take some ginger and grate it in 2 cups water, bring it to a boil, add some honey and viola, your refreshing drink is ready for when you feel nauseated. Squeeze in some lemon for additional taste and benefits. You can also serve it chilled with some chopped mint leaves during times of extreme heat and sweat.

Another most common and important spice with medicinal benefits used in Indian food is turmeric. Just like salt and pepper, every Indian curry is incomplete without turmeric.  Turmeric has a powerful ingredient called curcumin which has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Ever heard of “Haldi ceremony” in Indian weddings? There is a reason behind it as “Haldi” or turmeric has been used since ages to cleanse and detoxify our bodies. It is great for skin as it is antiseptic and helps heal any cuts, bruises, or wounds.  

Though all the spices hold some or the other benefits, another very common and important spice is cumin. Cumin or “jeera” is the first spice which is generally added directly to oil while making Indian curries so that it crackles and gives a strong aroma to the food. Cumin is great for digestion, contains antioxidants, is anti-inflammatory, helps weight loss, and much more. When feeling indigestion, take some cumin seeds, boil in about two cups of water, let it cool down to room temperature and sip it through the day. You can see the condition, or at least mild stomach aches, improve within a few hours.  

 

 

 

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