Full benefits of spices in 10 Indian Ayurvedic spices according to Ayurveda

November 26, 2015 Yael Greenberg

Here are the 10 spices and their benefits:

Cumin seeds & powder - can aid indigestion, nausea, morning sickness, and diarrhea. Cumin is also known to relieve flatulence and colic, and it is used as cold remedy due to its antiseptic properties. The whole cumin plant acts as a tonic and mild stimulant.

Tags: digestion, flatulence, antiseptic, fatigue, energy

Coriander seeds - used to ease migraines and digestive upsets, and as medicine for a cold. Coriander seeds are also used as herbal treatment for clearing the body of mercury, lead, and aluminum. Aphrodisiac.

Tags: digestion, cold, detox, migraine

Turmeric powder - anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and digestive aid. Has shown some success in treating arthritis pain and fighting of cancers (breast cancer, colon cancer, stomach cancer, and even blood cancer).

Other turmeric benefits include treating Alzheimer's disease, multiple sclerosis, and radiation burns. Health stores sell turmeric in pill form as dietary supplement as well.

Turmeric is effective for treatment of the common cold and can be used as an antiseptic on minor wounds. For more info on how to use it for either, please check our blog.

Tags: anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, digestion, cold

Ginger powder - used for suppressing nausea and vomiting, reducing fever and coughing, treating inflammation, congestion, cold, diarrhea, indigestion, and flatulence. Ginger can be blood thinning and cholesterol lowering. It is also proven to kill salmonella bacteria and can be used as food preservative. Ginger tea is a great aromatic herbal flu remedy for the cold season.

Tags: fever, respiratory, digestion, flatulence, cholesterol, flu

Fenugreek seeds - Helps relieving digestive cramps, menstrual pain, and can reduce fever. It is also said to assist in treating diabetes. Stimulates the milk production in nursing mothers. Fenugreek seeds can also be used to prevent hair loss and to enjoy better hair growth through both eating fenugreek and applying it as a hair mask.

Tags: digestion, pain, detox, diabetes, lactation, hair

Whole black pepper & powder - loaded with antioxidants and relieves many pains including headaches, joint pain, and toothaches. It's medicinal benefits also include curing constipation and diarrhea (if used in moderate amounts). Further used as medicinal remedy for gangrene, heart disease, indigestion, insect bites, insomnia, lung disease, and sunburn.

Tags: pain relief, digestion, heart disease, lung disease, skin

Cardamom powder - stimulates digestion and works against fever. It's medicinal benefits include the treatment of infections of the teeth and gum, congestion of the lungs, and inflammation of the eyelids. Cardamom is one of the Indian herbs also used to break up kidney and gall stones, and reportedly can work as antidote for snake and scorpion venom. In some countries, the medicinal spice cardamom is used to treat digestion problems.

Tags: digestion, fever, dental, lungs, eyes, kidney & gall stones

Cinnamon powder - one of the very few herbs to be found beneficial to naturally lower serum creatinine levels (for this purpose cinnamon powder can be administered along with honey, 2:1 ratio of honey to cinnamon). Cinnamon is an excellent antimicrobial herb and used in wound healing. Honey and cinnamon are used to treat itchy skin. Can effectively used to treat indigestion (again, in combination with honey). Weight loss tip: one pinch of cinnamon with one teaspoon of honey, with warm water, early in the morning, on empty stomach is traditionally used for weight loss.

Tags: creatinine, wounds, skin, digestion, weight loss

Fennel seeds - eases indigestion and reduces bloating. The medicinal benefits of fennel tea include the calming of an upset stomach. Used to improve the eyesight, and studies have shown that it can treat glaucoma. Fennel is also part of a tasty after-meal mouth refresher in India.

Tags: digestion, eyes, dental

Brown mustard seeds - recommended for digestive problems, because of the heat generated by the active ingredients. Mustard plasters are also indicated for respiratory and circulatory problems, helping to stimulate blood flow and soothe inflammation. Mustard is known to help relieve muscle and joint pain (if combined with alcohol into a solution), and is a great appetite stimulator. It’s also said to be a powerful anti-microbial.

Tags: digestion, respiratory, blood, anti-inflammatory, pain


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