Healing Indian Spices

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India, for centuries, has been using spices to heal ailments for centuries. Most, if not all, of their spices have antioxidant properties and each one focuses on specific areas of the body to heal and protect.

They’ve been used in India for a number of dishes, from curries to biryanis to hot teas. You can use these spices however you’d like, just as long as you research how to use them tastefully in a recipe. Keep in mind, though, that each spice has a different function in where it targets deadly cells and how effective they can be towards preventing and/or alleviating certain diseases and health complications.

Spices like Ginger, Turmeric, Cloves, Chili Powder, Cinnamon, Bay Leaves, and Cardamom are some of the spices that have antioxidant properties to help prevent diseases (Like arthritis, heart disease, Alzheimer’s Disease, etc.), alleviate pain (like joint pain, inflammation pain, nausea pain, etc.), and alleviate symptoms of common illnesses and common health distresses (like colds, gases, indigestion, constipation, etc.).

Below are the least of Healing spices that People from India have used as healing spices for centuries:

1. Ginger

Ginger is an Indian healing spice that is used to ease nausea, aid digestion, and prevent constipation.  It’s great to consume if you feel nausea during influenza or if you ate too much and need something to aid in digestion or if you just need something to help with constipation. It’s also great to take for relieving inflammation on your joints and for relieving pain on your joints.

2. Turmeric

Turmeric is an Indian healing spice that helps prevent and ease diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and possibly Alzheimer’s Disease. Also heals peptic ulcers, relieves your symptoms if you have Irritable bowel syndrome, and renders some carcinogens harmless in cigarettes.

Basically, Turmeric, helps regulate your insulin and blood sugar so that you won’t get diabetes nor heart disease, it has antioxidants so that you won’t get cancer, and it brings those antioxidants to your brain so that you won’t get Alzheimer’s Disease or at least would be able to ease the disease if it isn’t able to prevent it. And you can also get this spice at your grocery store, too, so it’s not very hard to get. It’s a yellow powder, just so you know what it looks like. And it is also a very strong antioxidant healing spice. In fact, all Indian healing spices have antioxidant properties. Anyway, you can also use turmeric to cook rice dishes, curry, meat or poultry, or vegetables.

3. Cloves

Cloves are an Indian Healing spice and they are also an antioxidant superfood. (Then again, all Indian healing spices on this list are all kind of like that. I guess what’s different is the direction that each spice focuses their attention on inside the body). They suppress melanoma. They are rich in gallic acid, which boosts memory. Cloves also reduces and prevents brain inflammation. You can use cloves in Rice biryani, tea, coconut-based curry, and fruit poached liquid.

4. Chili Powder

Chili Powder is a spice used as a healing spice in India. The capsaicin in chili powder has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory powers that can lower your cholesterol, help you maintain a healthy weight by keeping you satisfied whenever you eat and leaving you feel full afterwards. Chili Powder also reduces your risk of heart disease.  You can use chili powder on meat, poultry, rice, soups, gumbos, salsas, and pretty much anything you want. Perhaps not on sweet things because it would probably taste too weird.

5. Cinnamon

Lowers blood sugar. Can lower your risk of diabetes and can also cure your diabetes or prediabetes. Cinnamon also relieves and prevents arthritic pain and protects your joints. You can also use cinnamon for tooth decay, gum disease, food allergies, and cold congestion.

You can basically find cinnamon cheap at your local grocery story with all the other spices. Look for a cinnamon called “Ceylon” or “true” cinnamon, though, because Ceylon has the least amount of toxins than the most common “cassia” cinnamon sold in the United States grocery stores. Or, just take less than half a teaspoon of cinnamon a day so that you won’t develop liver damage, since common cinnamon is fine if consumed in moderation.

6. Bay Leaves

A Bay Leaf is an Indian Healing spice that can help with digestion and colic. Bay leaf can also be used on sprained ankles and joints to reduce pain. You can use Bay leaf to flavor soups, curries and by itself, if you prefer. You can also use bay leaves when canning vegetables, when using it in a marinade for seafood, and when using it to flavor meats and poultry

7. Black pepper

In East India, this spice is consumed every morning with honey to prevent respiratory diseases like asthma, common stomach problems such as indigestion and diarrhea, fever, intestinal parasites, skin infections, and joint diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis. Use black pepper on meats, poultry, eggs, rice, lentils, soups, and any meal you want. You can even add a little salt to the mix, if you wish.

8. Cardamom

In South India, it is used to treat colds, coughs, indigestion, gas and mild fevers. So, it’s used if you do get sick with a cold or if you get stomach troubles and fever troubles. It’s good to have around since getting a cold and mild stomach troubles, like gases and indigestion, are common enough to warrant having something like cardamom around to help ease your symptoms and help you get you on the road to recover.

Overall, you can use these spices however you want in any recipe that you would want to use them in. Each one targets different areas in the body but they all have the antioxidant bodies to be effective enough to at least ease your symptoms of whatever disease, inflammation, gas, pain, or whatever is troubling you at the moment. You can find spices like Ginger, Turmeric, Cloves, Chili Powder, Cinnamon, Bay Leaves, and Cardamom in any grocery store in your area.