Bringing The Ancient Wisdom Of Ayurveda Into Your Kitchen

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The ancient Indian discipline of Ayurveda offers a wealth of information on using spices in your diet to improve your well-being. People around the world have attested to the effectiveness of these spices and their medical effects. The best part is that they may be in your kitchen cabinet right now, and you don’t know about the healing properties yet! From healing ailments to boosting your immunity, Ayurveda does it all. You can even make a simple tea with spices, and it will take care of your overall well being. Read on to know more!

The Healing Powers of Spices

Spices from the Ayurvedic system of medicine are natural remedies to several ailments. They maintain our digestive enzymes so that parasites, toxic wastes can get the message to leave us alone! Digestive health, tissue nutrient absorption, and internal cleaning are all enhanced by using spices. Your food must be suitably marinated with spices for optimal digestion and metabolism. Instead of buying powdered spices in plastic bottles and cartons, buy seeds, leaves, and roots of the plant. Before storing them (in glass), expose them to the sun and grind them by hand each time. The therapeutic benefits of whole herbs last considerably longer.

Here are a few ways to enhance the properties of the spice.

  1. To bring out seed spices’ flavor and biological activity, sauté them in oil or clarified butter.
  2. To enhance the water-soluble characteristics of the spices, you may add a small amount of the sautéed mixture to the liquid element of your soup or curry.
  3. Because spices have a shelf life of fewer than three months, purchase only tiny amounts at a time.

Preventing disease and improving health can be accomplished largely by traditional Ayurvedic spices. Here are some common spices and how they can be used to make our lives better.

  1. Ginger (Shunthi)
Ginger (Shunthi)
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Cooking with dry ginger powder or drinking warm ginger tea are both ways to absorb the goodness of the spice. It can be taken as a tonic for postpartum exhaustion and to prevent loose bowel movements. It also is a remedy against nausea, flatulence, stomach discomfort, toxins and mucus build-up, colds, allergies, and hemorrhoids.

  1. Coriander (Dhaniya)
Coriander (Dhaniya)
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Coriander tea does wonders for your health. You can make it using freshly ground seeds and fresh leaves; the latter may be used for decoration. It boosts digestion without generating a spike in body temperature. Complete detoxification is ensured by its regular consumption, which relieves stress.

  1. Cumin (Zeera)
Cumin (Zeera)
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If you want to make a powder out of the seeds, dry roast them first and ground them. It can also be taken in the form of a warm tea to alleviate symptoms of indigestion. Cumin is a common ingredient in Ayurvedic cooking because of its anti-inflammatory and anti-emetic properties and its ability to alleviate symptoms such as bloating, gas, nausea, loose stools, flatulence, and even vomiting. In addition, irritable bowel syndrome and irregular or sparse menstrual cycles might benefit from this remedy.

  1. Turmeric (Haldi)
Turmeric (Haldi)
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It may be eaten fresh or cooked, making it one of the most versatile herbs. A tiny pinch of turmeric with warm water is all that’s needed to treat various diseases and ailments.. Boil it in milk with black pepper for treating coughs and colds. Gargle with this concoction to soothe a sore throat. The color enhances Ayurvedic dishes, making them more appetizing. It inhibits parasite growth, improves skin tone, and heightens immunity while being antitoxic, antiseptic, and a blood and skin purifier.

  1. Saffron (Kesar)
Saffron (Kesar)
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You can enhance the quality of your blood tissue and the skin’s appearance through saffron. It also acts as an aphrodisiac.

Dietary Advice From Ayurveda

Maintaining a healthy digestive system is easier when you eat various foods that have all six of the basic tastes. Although the number of distinct flavors varies based on your mind-body type, try to avoid raw meals if your digestion is slow and your lifestyle is sedentary. Instead, cooked foods should be consumed as much as possible. Ojas, a life-giving and disease-fighting force, will be produced more quickly and easily from eating cooked foods than raw foods as they are sometimes difficult to digest. In addition, the heat in the meal will help stimulate the enzymes, which will help speed up digestion.

Finally, Ayurveda advises that we spend appropriate time procuring, preparing, and cooking our food, infusing it with our love and healthful care before the world of cuisine and temperaments were separated into quick and slow.

One of the most important aspects of Ayurvedic medicine is that our bodies are not battlegrounds but rather a field of healing potential. It is where you prevent germs from inhabiting your system and practice self-healing and regeneration. Feeding our bodies with what we need through nutritious meals that are energizing and increase vitality, full of prana, and seasonally appropriate is a gentle way of uncovering your healing potential. So now that you know what it truly means to indulge in an ayurvedic diet, keeping yourself healthy and glowing is something you can achieve easily.

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Indrani is a writer and artist who likes to add a dash of humor to everything she does. She has two years of experience in writing articles across beauty, health, and lifestyle genres. After graduating in Political Science from Calcutta University, she took a detour into the world of creativity and discovered her knack for social writing, advertising, designing, and doodling.

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