Spices are various aromatic and pungent vegetable substances that add zest, flavor, or excitement to foods or beverages. The word 'spice' is derived from the Latin word species, meaning specific kind, goods or merchandise. Various plant parts like roots, barks, leaves, buds, flowers, seeds, berries and fruits of different plants are used as spices and condiments.
It is used as powerful aromatic, stimulant, carminative, stomachic and diuretic, but rarely used alone. It also checks nausea and vomiting, helps in combating digestive ailments. Herbal lores on this spice suggest it can be used to freshen your breath and support smooth digestion.
Ajowan is much used for its antispasmodic, stimulant, tonic and carminative properties. The seeds are used to ease asthma and indigestion. It is also widely used to treat diarrhoea and flatulence. It is used in medicines against cough and throat irritation.
Chillies have a chemical effect on our bodies as they stimulate the appetite and cool the body.
The cinnamic aldehyde and/or eugenol present are both antifungal agents. Cinnamon is a stimulant, astringent and carminative, used as an antidote for diarrhoea and stomach upsets.
It is a strong antiseptic and preservative. It is a local anesthetic for toothaches. It is used to treat flatulence, colic, indigestion and nausea.
coriander has been used as an antispasmodic, carminative, stimulant, and stomachic. Coriander has also exhibited hypoglycemic activity.
garlic can reduce blood pressure, blood cholesterol levels, act as an inhibitor to the overgrowth of pathogenic organisms in the body, such as Candida albicans, be useful as a worm medicine. It aids digestion and prevent flatulence. It is considered to be beneficial in the treatment of diabetes.
Ginger has a tonic effect on the heart, and may lower blood pressure by restricting blood flow in peripheral areas of the body. Ginger can lower cholesterol levels by reducing cholesterol absorption in the blood and liver.
Mustard is a stimulant and it is used to relieve respiratory complaints and rheumatism. It stimulates the kidneys and is also given as a laxative and emetic. A gargle of mustard seed in hot water is helpful in the relief of sore throats and bronchitis. Bathing in a few spoonfuls of mustard powder is said to relieve muscular aches and pains.
It has several medicinal properties like stomachic, carnivative, tonic, blood purifier, vermicide and antiseptic. it is a strong antioxidant, it protects against free radical damage. Anticancer properties of turmeric are recently reported.