Fat-burning spice: chilli
Virtues: Chillies sting and burn the mouth.
Chillies contain enzymes like capsaicin. Capsaicin has anti-bacterial,
anti-carcinogenic, analgesic and anti-diabetic properties. It also
found to reduce LDL cholesterol ( Fats) levels in obese individuals.
They are also a good source of anti-oxidants like vitamin C, vitamin
A, and flvonoids like beta-carotene, alpha carotene, lutein, zeaxanthin,
Anti-ageing spice: turmeric
Virtues: Generally, all spices contain high
quantities of anti-oxidants, but turmeric's anti-oxidant power is
very higher. Turmeric helps smooth functioning of the cardio-vascular
system and neutralizes free radicals, which are responsible for premature
cell ageing (the skin in particular). A teaspoon of turmeric par day
will cover the majority of your daily antioxidant needs. In addition,
scientists are now seriously looking into its anti-cancer effects.
Anti-cold spice: cinnamon
Healthy tummy spice: cumin
Virtues: Cumin is extremely good for digestion
and related problems. The very smell (aroma) of it, which comes from
an aromatic organic compound called Cuminaldehyde, the main component
of its essential oil, activates our salivary glands in our mouth (the
mouth watering flavor), facilitating the primary digestion of the
food. Next is Thymol, a compound present in cumin, which does same
to the glands which secrete acids, bile and enzymes responsible for
complete digestion of the food in the stomach and the intestines,
due to its Stimulating properties. Cumin is also Carminative i.e.
relieves from you from gas troubles and thereby improves digestion
and appetite. Due to its essential oils, magnesium and sodium content,
it promotes digestion and also gives relief in stomach-ache when taken
with hot water
- Origin: Egypt.
Preparation: Grains can be dropped into a spoon
of very hot oil to release all their flavour, before adding onions,
garlic etc. The grains are also roasted and ground to be used in vegetable,
rice and meat dishes.
Anti-inflammatory spice: cloves
Virtues: Cloves have long been considered
a home remedy in India for toothaches, joint pains, indigestion, asthma,
cough, skin disorders, headache, etc. These health benefits of clove
can be attributed to its antimicrobial, antiseptic, antispasmodic,
carminative, expectorant, germicidal, rubefacient, stomachic and stimulant
properties. Cloves contain eugenol, an aroma with bactericide, anti-inflammatory
and antiseptic virtues. For toothache, the clove acts as a local anaesthetic
- you can crush it and put it on the painful gum
- Origin: Tropical zones such as Asia, Africa and the Antilles.
- Preparation: Generally used whole, and if ground, only the
head is used.
Antiseptic spice: mustard
Virtues: Mustard was often used in poultices
for its antiseptic qualities, and it is good for treating infections
However, Please check for allergies against mustard before treating
infections with it. Mustard seeds are an excellent source of selenium
and magnesium, which help reduce severity of infections and reduce
Anti-bloating spice: Star Anise
Virtues: Star Anise is used for the cure
of Rheumatism. Star Anise is carminative, stimulant and diuretic.
Star Anise aids in digestion. Star Anise is the industrial source
for preparation of Tamiflu, an anti-Influenza drug. Star Anise is
used to treat Colic in babies.