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What's in Indian Spice box?

I recall the time when, at the age of 20, I embarked on my journey away from home for my inaugural job. Among the many items my mother packed for me, there was one that stood out - the spice box. Little did I know then how invaluable this gift would become, an integral part of my daily life.


Fast forward 20 years, and that same spice box still resides in my kitchen. It wasn't until I delved into the study of Ayurveda that I truly grasped the medicinal significance of the herbs and spices within. I came to understand why ailments like heartburn, bloating, and acidity rarely plagued me. These magical ingredients I've been incorporating into my cooking for years not only enhance taste and flavor but also serve as a protective shield for my body against various diseases.


So, let's see what makes my spice box magical!




Turmeric: Turmeric is known for its Antibacterial and Anti-inflammatory properties. It Helps digestion and maintains the gut bacteria of the intestines. It is Anti-cancerous, especially stomach cancer. For cough, chest, or skin infection, 1tsp of turmeric with hot milk.

For arthritis, joint pain, rheumatism, lower back pain, and sciatica – mix ginger, turmeric, and fenugreek powders, take 1tsp morning and evening for 3 months, very effective


Coriander Powder: It is a tri dosha-balancing herb.It is very cooling so, effective for acidity. For chronic hyper-acidity – drink a cold infusion of coriander, cumin and fennel water


Cumin (Jeera): It is pungent and cooling herb. It improves digestive fire and helps in the digestion process when cooked with meals. It Improves the absorption of food in the intestines. Relieves gas, stomach pain, nausea, diarrhea


Mustard Seeds: They are heating in nature and anti-inflammatory. Very good source of vitamins C and K, thiamin, riboflavin, vitamin B6, and folic acid.


Garam Masala: Garam masala is a combination of 10-12 spices. every region in india has its version of garam masala. My mother always makes her own and to this date, I use her garam masala for cooking. I love the taste and aroma of that blend.


Let me know in the comments what is the special herb or spice in your country and how you use it.

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