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Indian spices giving magical healing - asafetida, black pepper, anise seed, cardamom, cinnamon and cloves

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Garam masala - a mix of spices

Garam masala - a mix of spices

Garam masala health benefits

I prefer using home-made garam masala for vegetarian and non vegetarian dishes. Garam masala is a mixture of Indian spices. Those spices are not just taste-enhancers. They are rather catalysts that aid digestion. Spices are having several health benefits also. Many are of the belief that spices do not have health or therapeutic benefits. It is not so. Spices have several medicinal benefits. Spices stimulate digestion by enabling better salivary secretions. Spices also contribute to secretion of gastric juice. Spices further enable the abundant secretion of digestive enzymes. Spices do a big job in improving bile acid secretion so that there happen better fat digestion. Apart from these benefits spices do have several health and therapeutic benefits. Below I explain the medicinal benefits of spices used in Indian dishes.

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Asafoetida (Kayam in Malayalam, perumkayam in tamil) health benefits

Asafetida is the Indian spice used in vegetarian dishes like sambar. Asafoetida has several medical benefits. Asafoetida fights off gas problem and stomach ache. If you suffer from stomach pain due to gas and indigestion asafetida is a good home remedy. Asafoetida is perumkayam in tamil (perimkayam in Malayalam, hing in hindi). It is good to add asafetida in your daily diet (in dishes). It would avoid gas formation in stomach. Asafoetida is a great remedy for colic problem. Ayurveda prescribes asafetida for several problems like convulsions and paralysis. Asafoetida is powerful to bring our phlegm. It is therefore given for dry cough. Asafoetida is used in certain types of ayurvedic treatment for infertility. Asafoetida is believed to treat premature labor, infertility, miscarriage, menstruation irregularity and other female problems. Menstrual cramps, stomach pain and nausea is also treated by consuming asafetida. Asafoetida is powerful enough to trigger the release of progesterone hormone.



Asafoetida for new mothers and children

After delivery women are advised to include asafetida in their diet. Asafoetida is given as a home remedy for different problems experienced by women after their delivery. Women experience gas problem after delivery. Gas problem is more complex in the case of Caesarian delivery. As medicines are avoided after delivery (especially in the case of nursing women) asafetida is given for gas problem. The benefit of asafetida would also pass from mother to child. This would save child from colic problem. If mother consumes asafetida child will have less gas problem. In Kerala nursing women are compulsorily given asafetida or hing. It is named as palkayam, karikayam, and perumkayam in Malayalam). Children with colic can also be given small amount of asafetida (a mustard size would be enough). Asafoetida is the best colic remedy for infants. It can also be given for infants under 6 months of age. Applying asafetida paste on navel would also work. For children with nervous disorders asafetida would bring a healing effect.

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Asafoetida prevents H1N1 Virus (Swine flu), chronic cough, asthma, breathing problems and bronchitis

Taking asafetida as part of daily diet would help you protect yourself from swine flu. Eating asafetida is also believed to cure chronic cough bronchitis, infant cold, mild fever, breathing problem and asthma.

asafoetida herb

asafoetida herb

Asafoetida in daily diet – for cholesterol and fat accumulation

Using asafetida is found to be reducing the problem of cholesterol and fat. You can put small amounts of asafetida in all vegetarian dishes. It will not give any bad taste. It would only enhance the taste. Include asafetida in large amounts in pickles. Asafoetida would double the taste of pickles.