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Mintis a rich source of vitamins A, C and B2. It also contains valuable minerals such as calcium, copper and magnesium.Mint is used in traditional medicine mainly for the treatment of painful stomach and chests. It can also relieve respiratory difficulties and skin burns because it produces cooling effect. Therapeutic effect is often achieved after consumption of mint tea. Besides its healing effects, mint is popular and often used for whitening of teeth.
Black Pepper has an extensive medicinal value. It is used mainly to treat common ailments such as cough, diarrhea, fever, constipation, skin infections etc. Combination of honey and black pepper helps in preventing obesity, congestion of sinus, infection of throat and other common diseases.Black Pepper used in food gives it a taste and it is used as an ingredient when preparing curd rice.
Cardamom is used in food especially in South Indian cuisine to give the food an aroma and flavor to taste. Apart from imparting a fragrance to the food, cardamom when added is also known for its exothermic reactions that makes the body warm. This spice is generally used in treating digestive disorders such as coli infection, indigestion, cold, cough etc. When used in tea, cardamom keeps the body warm and helps in fighting bacteria and viruses.
Basil is a leaf that is derived from the Basil plant having nutritional properties containing micronutrients such as Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Phosphorus, and Potassium. It is mostly used to cure skin infections and insect bites. Basil leaf when used in tea helps in calming the nerves and in curing headache. Basil leaves when used as an ingredient in food gives it a flavor and taste especially as an ingredient in pesto.
Cinnamon is derived from the bark of Cinnamon tree grown widely in Southern India and Sri Lanka. Cinnamon is known to have anti-inflammatory properties and people who use cinnamon as an ingredient in their food report fewer urinary tract infections. Cinnamon’s other medicinal value is that it is known to reduce the level of blood sugar in persons with type 2 diabetes. Recipes such as Cinnamon pinwheels are delicious in taste and flavor.
Ginger is another commonly used Indian spice found in Indian food best known for its anti-inflammatory properties. Ginger is used in Indian curries as a necessary ingredient. Ginger is usually found in Indian kitchen and is used as a home remedy for treating common ailments like nausea, cold, influenza, menstrual cramps etc. The popular recipes using ginger include Chickpea Curry, Stir-fried chili chicken.
SOME FUN FACTS
According to Indian Food Theory, our food has 6 different flavors: sweet, salty, bitter, sour, astringent and spicy.
The value of spices during the ancient times was mind boggling when Black Pepper corns were the most expensive of all spices and were counted like coins individually.
A sack full of peppercorn was valued equivalent or more than the value of a human life.
The wealth from the spices trade paid for the higher learning and art. Indians trade of spices in Europe and Middle East brought in prosperity and in enhancing cultural ties with other countries.
In addition to the commercial value of Indian Spices, these spices are also known well for their medicinal properties.
Turmeric (found in curry powder) has been surprisingly effective against Alzheimer’s symptoms in multiple studies, and currently out-performs any known Alzheimer’s drug.
Cilantro and Coriander Leaves are the same thing.