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Wednesday, 8 October 2014

10 natural medicinal kitchen ingredients

When you have some minor ailment you would like to use some natural cure. Some of the ingredients available in your kitchen have great health benefits.Not only these ingredients useful in our cooking, it also helps to solve various health issues without any side effects.

Following are the ten ingredients useful as medicines.

1) Turmeric
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One of the common spices used in cooking, turmeric has antiseptic, antibacterial and anti inflammatory properties. You can use this to cure common cold, cough, pimples,bruised skin etc. A teaspoon of  turmeric mixed in warm milk cures cold slowly but effectively.

2) Ginger
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Ginger has amazing quality to improve digestion. Eating fresh ginger just before lunch fires up the appetite. If you are feeling sick and nauseous chew on a piece of ginger. Ginger also helps in reducing flatulence. Adding piece of ginger in tea helps in nose and throat congestion as well as giving enjoyment in cool weather. Ginger is added in many recipes for its digestive properties and amazing taste.

3) Cinnamon

Cinnamon is widely used as spice in cooking but it is often used to treat cold, indigestion, heartburn and menstrual pains. It also helps lower cholesterol but it should be always taken in mild quantity.

4) Garlic

Garlic is best known as adding flavour to the food. But it is also known for its medicinal usage. It helps lower cholesterol and  prevent heart strokes. It can be used to cure cough, asthma, indigestion, toothache etc.

5) Lemon

Lemon has many medicinal uses as it can be used to treat headaches,throat infections, dental problems,dandruff,insect bites etc. It also helps to increase immunity system.

6) Honey

Honey is not only used  to flavor in cooking but it has got amazing qualities to treat cough,morning sickness, weight reduction etc.

7) Onion

Onion a very good source of vitamins, folic acid and fiber. It is very effective in the treatment of the common cold, cough, bronchitis, pneumonia, hay fever, and asthma. It is also effective in combating stomach infections, nausea, and diarrhea.

8) Cloves

Cloves are  high in various vitamins, minerals and fiber. Cloves are used to treat  toothache, oral ulcers, sore gums, joint inflammation, muscle aches, body pain, indigestion, nausea, vomiting, gastric irritability, and  flatulence, Excess use of cloves for some  may cause allergic reactions.

9) Cardamom

Cardamom is used as flavorings and cooking spices in both food and drink, .
For medicinal uses it is used  to treat infections in teeth and gums, to prevent and treat throat troubles, congestion of the lungs,  inflammation of eyelids, and digestive disorders.

10) Cumin seeds

Not only is  cumin seeds used in cooking  to enhance flavour it also has immense medicinal value. Cumin seeds have anti-inflammatory, carminative, antiflatulent, and antioxidant properties. Besides using it as herb in cooking, it is used to enhance appetite, treat  digestion, vision, strength, and lactation. It is used to treat diseases like fever, loss of appetite, diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal distension, edema etc

In conclusion, the benefits of these and many more  kitchen ingredients work to keep us healthy and  treat illness. We should use them in our daily routine. However, if symptoms persist, doctor should always be consulted.

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