Herbs and Spices
Cloves offer many health benefits, some of which include aid in digestion, antimicrobial properties, fight against cancer, protection of liver, boosting of immune system, diabetes control, bone preservation, anti-mutagenic properties, fight against oral diseases, headaches and aphrodisiac properties.
Cloves are one of the spices indigenous to Southeast Asian countries like Indonesia, India, Pakistan, and east Africa. Its native is Maluku islands in Indonesia. Cloves are a popular flavouring agents used in a variety of ways across the world and particularly in Asia. Cloves form the culinary base in different Asian cuisines.
Ashwagandha or Indian Ginseng has a wide range of health benefits which include fight against cancer and diabetes, reduction in inflammation, arthritis, asthma, hypertension, stress, rheumatism, supply of anti-oxidants and immunomodulation. It also has antibacterial and anticonvulsant properties.
Ashwagandha or Indian ginseng has a great significance in oriental medical schools of thought, especially in ancient Indian system of medicine, Ayurveda for many centuries now. It had also been used by Native Americans and Africans in keeping away several infections. Extensive scriptures describing ashwagandha plant and its medicinal properties have been mentioned in both traditional Chinese medicine and Ayurveda.
Health benefits of parsley include control over cancer, diabetes, effective on rheumatoid arthritis, and help against osteoporosis. It acts as a pain reliever with anti-inflammatory properties. Parsley also provides relief from gastrointestinal issues such as indigestion, stomach cramps, bloating, nausea and helps in strengthening the immune system.
Parsley can be found all round the year in the market. It is a cheap leaf that anyone can lay hands on. It is a highly nutritious plant and has ample vitamins and antioxidants which can make us very healthy.
Curry leaves are natural flavouring agents with several health benefits, making your food healthy and tasty along with pleasing aroma. They contain antioxidant properties and have the ability to control diarrhoea, gastrointestinal problems such as indigestion, excessive acid secretion, peptic ulcers, dysentery, diabetes and bad cholesterol. They are also believed to have cancer fighting properties and known to help protect liver.
Scientific information: The scientific name of curry plant is Murraya Koenigii Spreng and it belongs to the Rutaceae family. The plant is a native to India and is usually found in tropical and subtropical regions. It is cultivated in various countries such as China, Australia, Nigeria and Ceylon. Height of the plant ranges from small to medium. The useful parts of this plant are the leaves, root and the bark.
Health benefits of cardamom include gastrointestinal protection, cholesterol control, control of cancer, relief from cardiovascular issues and improvement of blood circulation in the body. It is useful for curing dental diseases and urinary tract infections such as cystitis, nephritis and gonorrhoea. Cardamom possesses aphrodisiac properties and is also used as a cure for impotency, erectile dysfunction and premature ejaculation.
Cardamom is a spice which originated in India, Nepal and Bhutan. Today, it is available in most of the tropical places in Asia including India, China, Bhutan, Vietnam, Malaysia, Korea and Japan.Itis regarded as the Queen of Spices and is one of the most expensive spices taking third place, the first and second being saffron and vanilla respectively.
The health benefits of aloe vera are numerous, starting from improving the digestive system to preserving food; it serves you an optimum health in long run. Aloe vera strengthens the immune system, delays aging process, cures dermatitis, menstrual problems, arthritis pain, wounds, nausea, ulcer, lowers blood sugar levels, prevents diabetes, oxidative stress, cancerous growths, heal the side effects of radiotherapy treatments, promote hair growth, and sooth acid reflux symptoms.
This multiple utility plant also lowers cholesterol, triglycerides, improve cardiovascular functions, alleviates joint and muscle pain, enhances life span, and cure gum diseases. This plant has been used for ages to alleviate pains, since it has excellent anti-inflammatory properties.
To improve the overall health of the body, herbs have been playing a major role since decades; they help in healing wounds faster, make up for your nutritional supplements and also deliver a host of benefits that are discussed in this article. Herbs strengthen the immune system, lower blood sugar and cholesterol; they have anti-inflammatory properties, and prevent Alzheimer’s diseases and cancers.
Herbs demolish the nutritional deficiencies in your body and thus restore the uprightness of the body. Herbs rectify problems rather than suppressing them. It is said that herbs nourish every part of the body with their vitamin and mineral content. In short, our body needs certain essential dietary nutrients to meet the everyday demands of life; herbs provide us with most of these necessities.
Wheatgrass, a herb which is known for the various health benefits is prepared from the cotyledons of the wheat plant, biologically called Triticum aestivum.
The health benefits of wheatgrass came to light only when the people of the western world first consumed in the 1930s and there were many experiments by agricultural chemist Charles F. Schnabel that were conducted using the herb. Wheatgrass is usually harvested before the wheat plant grows and turns brown.
Health benefits of Onion include substantial relief from number of diseases such as common cold, asthma, bacterial infections, respiratory problems, angina, and cough. Onions are also known to repel blood thirsty insects. In other words, you may say that onions are godsend gifts.
Onions are known to possess curative value from ancient time. Even the World Health Organization confirms that onions are best for people with less appetite and those suffering from atherosclerosis. Health experts acknowledge the fact that onions do provide great respite to patients having chronic asthma, allergic bronchitis, common cough and cold syndrome.
Hoodia Gordonii is a gift from nature that promotes weight loss. Over weight and obesity, accompanied by diabetes and related problems, have taken over the world like a disastrous epidemic over the last few decades and people are ready to do just anything to get rid of this. This started an endless search for the natural products, synthetic medicines and diet plans which could help loose weight. Hoodia Gordonii is one of the most promising finds of this endless search.
Over the last few years, the demand for Hoodia and Hoodia based products has risen surprisingly. Hoodia may not be a known name in many Asian and African countries, because obesity has not been such a big problem here due to food habits and life style (now the scenario is changing and obesity is spreading its roots in these places too), but it is a big fuss in European and American countries.