Medicinal Information

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 All the remedies are strictly ayurvedic  and natural; however we recommend our patrons  do their research and check with their family doctor before using these spices as a medications.

TAJ MAHAL   Spices & Cheese

Spices: Uses and Benefits


Spices are used and imported from India since ages. Many of these spices like cardamom, clove, nutmeg, ginger etc., are inseparable ingredients of the Indian 'Masala Chai'. This shows that spices form the basis of not only food in India but also for making a good cup of tea.






Asafoetida (Hing) It is used for seasoning food especially snacks and has medicinal uses. A good remedy for whooping cough and stomach ache caused due to gas.








Bay leaf (Tez Patta) It is used in cooking to add a specific flavour to food. It also has some medicinal properties. Bay leaf oil possesses antifungal and anti bacterial.








Cardamom (Elaichi) It is used in most of the Indian and other sweet dishes to give a good flavour and smell. It is also used widely in pharmaceutical sector. Helps to control bad breath and digestive disorder. A whole cardamom chewed is good for coping with diabetes.








Chilli (Lal Mirch) It is a main ingredient used for adding hot flavour to the food. The antioxidants present in chilli help to cope with cholesterol. It also helps burning calories.









Cinnamon (Dalchini) It is used for mainly for seasoning food and preparing masalas It has medicinal uses too. It supports natural production of insulin and reduces blood cholesterol.






Clove (Laung) It is used as a cooking ingredient mainly for seasoning or preparing Masalas. Clove oil is beneficial for coping with tooth ache and sore gums. It is also beneficial remedy for chest pains, fever, digestive problems, cough and cold.







Coriander (Dhaniya) Coriander leaves as well as coriander seeds are used in cooking. It also has some medicinal uses. It can be used externally on aching joints and rheumatism. It is also good for coping with soar throat, allergies, digestion problems, hay fever etc.







Cumin (Zeera) It is used for cooking and it also possesses medicinal properties. It is a good source or iron and keeps immune system healthy. Water boiled with cumin seeds is good for coping with dysentery.







Curry leaves(Curry Patta) It is used as a main ingredient for seasoning in some countries. It has many medicinal uses. These leaves are beneficial for reducing blood sugar. Each part of the plant provides some benefit or the other. The dried leaves are extensively used in herbal medicines.







Fenugreek (Methi) It is mainly used as a green leafy vegetable and seeds are used for seasoning and preparing Masalas. It also has medicinal uses. Fenugreek seed tea or sweet fudge is good for increasing breast milk. It also helpful for treating diabetes and lowering cholesterol.







Garlic (Lassan) It is used for cooking as well as for the medicinal purpose. It is useful for coping with cough and cold. It also has antibiotic properties.








Ginger (Adrak) It is used for giving a specific flavour to food and has many medicinal uses. Helps to avoid digestive problems. It is beneficial for coping with cough and cold.







Mustard (Rye) It is used for seasoning as well as green leafy vegetable. The use of mustard oil is extensive in India but it is banned in some countries. Mustard oil is good for body massage and even for getting good hair. It consists of omega-3 fatty acids. It is an excellent source of iron, zinc, manganese, calcium, protein etc.







Nutmeg (Jaiphal) It is used in powdered form for garnishing and also for masala preparation. It is used in soaps, perfumes and shampoos. It can also be used for medicinal purpose. It is beneficial for the treatments of asthma, heart disorder and bad breath.







Pepper (Kaali Mirch) It is extensively used in cooking, especially for garnishing. It is has many medicinal uses too. It helps coping with cold, cough, infections etc. It helps to deal with muscle pains and digestive problems.







Saffron (Zaffran/Kesar) It is used for cooking as well as in beauty products. It is mainly used in sweet dishes. It has good medicinal properties. It helps to cope with skin diseases. It is a good remedy for cough, cold and asthma.







Star anise (Chakra Phool) It is used in cooking and for medicinal purpose Star anise oil is beneficial for rheumatism. It is helpful for digestion and avoiding bad breath.







Turmeric (Haldi) It is used in cooking and skin care products. It has wide range medicinal uses.  Turmeric is often referred to as the “Queen of Spices,” its main characteristics are a pepper-like aroma, sharp taste and golden color. People across the globe use this herb in their cooking.
According to the Journal of the American Chemical Society, turmeric contains a wide range of antioxidant, antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties.

It is also loaded with many healthy nutrients such as protein, dietary fiber, niacin, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, potassium, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium and zinc. Due to all these factors, turmeric is often used to treat a wide variety of health problems.

Following are the health benefits of using turmeric :

1) Relieves Arthritis
The anti-inflammatory properties in turmeric are great for treating both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. In addition, turmeric’s antioxidant property destroys free radicals in the body that damage body cells. It has been found that those suffering from rheumatoid arthritis who consume turmeric on a regular basis experience much relief from the moderate to mild joint pains as well as joint inflammation.

2) Controls Diabetes
Turmeric can be used in the treatment of diabetes by helping to moderate insulin levels. It also improves glucose control and increases the effect of medications used to treat diabetes. Another significant benefit is turmeric’s effectiveness in helping reduce insulin resistance, which may prevent the onset of Type-2 diabetes.

3) Reduces Cholesterol Level
Research has proven that simply using turmeric as a food seasoning can reduce serum cholesterol levels. It is a known fact that high cholesterol can lead to other serious health problems. Maintaining a proper cholesterol level can prevent many cardiovascular diseases.

4) Immunity Booster
Turmeric contains a substance known as lipopolysaccharide, which helps stimulate the body’s immune system. Its antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal agents also help strengthen the immune system. A strong immune system lessens the chance of suffering from colds, flu and coughs. If you do get a cold, a cough or the flu, you can feel better sooner by mixing one teaspoon of turmeric powder in a glass of warm milk and drinking it once daily.

5) Heals Wound
Turmeric is a natural antiseptic and antibacterial agent and can be used as an effective disinfectant. If you have a cut or burn, you can sprinkle turmeric powder on the affected area to speed up the healing process. Turmeric also helps repair damaged skin and may be used to treat psoriasis and other inflammatory skin conditions

6) May  help Prevent Cancer.
Turmeric can help prevent prostate cancer, stop the growth of existing prostate cancer and even destroy cancer cells. Multiple researchers have found that the active components in turmeric makes it one of the best protectors against radiation-induced tumors. It also has a preventive effect against tumor cells such as T-cell leukemia, colon carcinomas and breast carcinomas.








CAROM SEEDS (AJWAIN)

1. Beats indigestion and flatulence.
Ajwain contains high levels of thymol, a chemical, which aids the release of gastric juices from the stomach and thus, speed up the process of digestion. This is the reason, why ajwain plays a key role in relieving indigestion, flatulence, nausea and colicky pain in babies.

How to use it: Boil a teaspoon of ajwain seeds in a cup of water till it is reduced to half, strain and drink this water for instant relief from indigestion. Another good remedy for nausea is to take a teaspoonful of the seeds and wrap it in a betel leaf. Place this at the back of the mouth and swallow the juice slowly as long as the leaf is intact.


2. Improves digestion during pregnancy or lactation.
Due to its great anti-inflammatory and curative properties, ajwain is great for pregnant and lactating mothers. It helps to improve digestion, ward off constipation due to pregnancy and strengthens the muscles that make up the floor of the uterus. After pregnancy, ajwain is known to heal the woman’s body internally, reduce inflammation and helps maintain blood circulation. In some cases, it is also believed to improve breast milk production in lactating mothers.

How to use it: For pregnant women and lactating mothers, ajwain is given with gud (jaggery) to improve digestion. It is important that mothers-to-be do not eat too much of this seed as it is known to increase the heat (causing pitta levels to increase) in the body. This might cause problems with the pregnancy.


3. Relieves cough and asthma.
The thymol, present in ajwain makes  it a great local anaesthetic, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal compound. This herb is known to relieve congestion caused due to formation of phlegm (even in severe cases).

How to use it: Crush a few seeds of ajwain with a pestle, mix it with jaggery and eat the mixture like a toffee. Another quick method is to tie it in a soft cloth and heat the bundle over a warm tawa. Apply this warm bundle over the chest to relieve congestion immediately.


4. Helps ease rheumatic and arthritic pain.
Due to its anti-inflammatory and anaesthetic properties, ajwain is a good way to get rid of pain due to rheumatism and arthritis. It also contains powerful antibiotic compounds that help in soothing inflammation and other symptoms such as skin itching, redness and pain caused due to inflammatory skin diseases.

How to use it: Try soaking your aching joints in a basin of warm water with a few seeds of ajwain. Alternatively you could crush the seed and apply the paste on the affected area for instant relief.


5. Provide instant relief from earache.
Earache is commonly caused due to cough and cold or inflammation of the ear lobes. However, ajwain contains antibacterial and anti-inflammatory compounds that help in relieving congestion.

How to use it: Due to its antiseptic properties ajwain mixed with garlic and sesame oil provides instant relief from earache due to boils. If a person is suffering from earaches due to congestion, a good remedy is to heat ajwain with milk. Putting a few drops of either of the mixtures in the ear can help relieve pain and discomfort.
 

6. Helps improve your sex life.
Ajwain is a great natural aphrodisiac,this herb helps to spice up your sex life significantly along with giving your body a calm relaxing effect. Ajwain leads to greater sexual virility and higher libido in both the sexes by acting on the hormones responsible for sex drive.

How to use it: Mixing ajwain with the seeds of tamarind, honey, ghee and milk is a great way to increase vitality. Having the mixture every day helps improve vitality and libido.


7. Keeps the heart healthy.
Due to the presence of niacin and thymol along with other vitamins, ajwain is very good in maintaining heart health. It has properties that improve nerve impulses and overall circulation within the heart.

How to use it:  Have ajwain boiled in hot water on an empty stomach regularly to keep heart disease at bay.


8. Cures hiccups instantly.
As mentioned earlier, ajwain has properties that help reduce inflammation and soothes irritated nerves. Because of this, it acts a great remedy to stop hiccups instantly.

How to use it: Have a few raw ajwain seeds with a few sips of water and watch your hiccups vanish instantly.


9. Acts as an effective remedy for acidity.
Since it helps improve digestion, ajwain also helps in relieving acidity. The thymol content helps release stomach acids which helps reduce the regurgitation of acids.

How to use it: Mix one teaspoon of ajwain with one teaspoon  of jeera (cumin) and boil them in a glass of water. The solution should have a golden colour. Drink this whenever there is an attack of acidity for an instant relief.


10. Relieves pain due to migraines.
When the seed is burned or crushed into a poultice, it releases its essential oils high in thymol content; this gives it a pain relieving effect.

How to use it: Sniffing the vapors of ajwain or applying its paste on the head helps relieve the pain due to migraines. You can also put ajwain powder in a thin cloth and inhale this frequently, to combat an acute attack of common cold and migraine headache.








Tukhmaria seeds / Basil seeds (Sabja)/ Also known as Selasih seeds.

1. Helps maintain body wieght :
These seeds are the lesser known cousin of chia seeds and are full of fiber. If you are looking for foods to include in your weight loss plan, tukhmaria seeds will be a great addition.These can be soaked in water or milk for about 20 mins with rose syrup and they will swell and make an excellent filling and tasty drink. It is a great seed to increase the immunity in the body.

2. Good for diabetes:
Tukhmaria seeds are said to be very effective for people with type 2 diabetes as these help regulate blood sugar. If you are diabetic and want to consume the seeds, after soaking it in water, mix it with plain cold milk and add a few drops of pure vanilla. You have a wonderful healthy drink minus the sugar. You can also add it to other non dairy milk like almond milk or soy milk too.

3.For constipation:
If you suffer from constipation, then adding tukhmaria seeds to your diet will help you with the problem. If you are suffering from constipation, take the seeds along with milk before bed regularly for few days to see results.

4. For acidity:
Tukhmaria seeds has soothing effect on the stomach. If you suffer from stomach burn or acidity, a cup of tukhmaris milk with rose syrup will do wonders, as even rose syrup helps in treating stomach burn.

5. For healthy skin & hair:
Tukhmaria seeds are very high in vitamins, especially vitamin k and keeps our skin and hair in good health. It is also very high in protein and iron . A small cup of this seeds will almost satisfy your daily requirement of iron and protein. 

             




Pomegranate seeds (dried or fresh) :

Pomegranates Are Loaded With Important Nutrients.
Pomegranate seeds owe their superfood status to polyphenols, powerful antioxidants thought to offer heart health and anti-cancer benefits. These seeds have more antioxidant power than cranberry juice or green tea.

1) Aids Weight Management
Pomegranate seeds are low in calories and rich in fiber, providing only 83 calories and 4 g of dietary fiber per 100 g serving. Pomegranate seeds may reduce your risk of developing chronic disease and aid in weight management.

2) Provides Vitamins C and K
These seeds are a good source of two essential vitamins, C and K. A 100 g portion of raw, edible seeds provides 10.2 mg of vitamin C or 17 percent of the recommended daily value, or DV. Pomegranate seeds provide slightly more than 16 mcg of vitamin K, or 20 percent of the DV, according to NutritionValue.org. Vitamin C aids in immune system function, wound healing, promotion of healthy gums and the manufacture of collagen and elastin. Vitamin C also enhances iron absorption. Vitamin K is important for maintaining strong, healthy bones as well as proper blood clotting.

3) May Prevent Cancer
Pomegranate seeds are rich in phytochemicals, the group of phytochemicals in pomegranate seeds is called polyphenols. These seeds are rich in specific polyphenols, such as tannins, quercetin and anthocyanins -- all of which may offer both heart health and anti-cancer benefits. As powerful antioxidants, polyphenols may improve healthy cell survival, induce cancer cell death and prevent tumor growth, according to an article published in "The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition" in January 2005. Anthocyanins have anti-inflammatory, antiviral and antimicrobial properties.













Though these spices provide innumerable benefits they should be used sparingly. The excessive use of spices in food can cause harm to the health. Try to make specific use of these spices. This will help you to make optimal use of the resources provided by nature. Strike the right balance and add some spice to your life.