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Indian spices that boost up health

India has been known for its spices for centuries, even making most Europeans invade the nation for it. But here's a list of some of best spices and their herbal and medicinal qualities. Make sure you have them handy.

health and fitness Updated: Mar 07, 2011 01:29 IST
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India has been known for its spices for centuries, even making most Europeans invade the nation for it. But here's a list of some of best spices and their herbal and medicinal qualities. Make sure you have them handy.



1 Cinnamon:

A staple in all sorts of desserts and similar dishes, this spice is a natural warmer that helps fight cold and is also good for your stomach. Soak it in water and have it along with lemon and honey for weight loss.



2 Asafetida:

It’s high in mineral, calcium, and iron. A small quantity dissolved in water helps fight diseases such as asthma and stomach ailments. It is also used to aid digestion and is smeared on the abdomen in an alcohol or water tincture known as mahahing.



3 Cumin:

It's very rich in iron, calcium, potassium and even vitamin A and B. Roast and have it with gur. Boil cumin seed in water and drink it like tea to get rid of acute stomach problems.



4 Clove:

It has an excellent warming effect and is also an aphrodisiac. Chew it whenever you have tooth ache. Clove buds are also known to have very effective anti-oxidant properties and can also be used as an oil for curing hypotonic muscles, including multiple sclerosis.



5 Saffron:

You can call it the wonder herb. There has been documentation of saffron's use over the span of 4,000 years in the treatment of some 90 illnesses. It's a purifier and has a cooling effect. Dissolve it with goat milk an drink it for purifying blood.



(With inputs from chef Monish Gujral)