from use in kitchen, spices possess
medicinal uses which have important
role to alleviate common ailments.
Spices have healing properties; some
are antimicrobial, anti
inflammatory, anti oxidant,
hypoglycemic, carminative and
digestive. Spices are commonly used
in forms like powder, hot infusion
and cold infusion. Below are some
healthy home remedies with spices
from your kitchen rack.
Halitosis & Toothache – Mouth
gargle with hot infusion of cinnamon
is recommended twice daily.
Diabetes – Cinnamon tea is
recommended twice daily.
and Cough – 1 cup hot infusion of
cinnamon mixed with 1 tsp ginger
juice is advised 3 – 4 times a day.
& Vomiting – A piece of cinnamon
is kept in mouth and chewed.
menses and PMS – 5 – 8 strands of
saffron can be taken with water on
an empty stomach or before food.
and Cracks in feet – Apply a paste
of nutmeg and milk externally.
Insomnia – ¼ tsp nutmeg powder is
taken with milk at night.
tract infection – Cold infusion of
clove 5 – 10 ml is given every 15
Vomiting & Anorexia in pregnancy
– Hot infusion of clove is
administered every few hours.
energy – Cardamom milk or cardamom
tea is taken.
Halitosis – Chew few cardamom seeds
after every meal.
Anorexia, Indigestion – 1 tsp ginger
juice mixed with salt is taken
Productive cough – 1 tsp ginger
juice is taken with a pinch of
turmeric 3 – 4 times a day.
Vomiting, Gastritis – 1 tsp ginger
juice mixed with a pinch of rock
salt and asafetida is taken.
stomachache – ½ tsp of dry ginger is
administered with warm water.
partum period – 1 tsp fenugreek
mixed with jiggery is taken to
cleanse uterus and to enhance
Spasmodic pain due to indigestion –
1 tsp fenugreek powder mixed with
curd is administered.
Leucorrhoea – Fenugreek seeds are
boiled with water, filtered and used
for vaginal wash.
Localized oedema and pain –
Fenugreek powder mixed with mustard
oil is applied.
micturition – Cold infusion of
coriander seeds and cumin seeds
should be taken in small quantities
Swelling in feet – Hot infusion of
coriander seeds can be taken 2 – 3
Bronchitis – Ajwain added to steam
inhalation makes breathing easier.
Recurrent cold – 1 tsp fried seeds
of Ajwain is taken with warm water
once or twice daily.
Indigestion, abdominal distension –
Water boiled with cumin seeds are
taken 3 – 4 times daily.
Anorexia– 1 glass of buttermilk
added with 1 tsp crushed cumin seeds
or cumin powder and rock salt is
External wound& insect bite –
Turmeric paste is applied
and Cough – ¼ tsp of turmeric is
taken with 1 glass of warm milk.
beauty – 1 part turmeric is mixed
with 5 parts green gram flour and
used for bathing.
& Asthma - Black pepper powder
is taken with honey.
throat – Gargling should be done
with warm water boiled with black
pepper and rock salt.
Diarrhea – Powder of fennel seeds 1
tsp and dry ginger ½ tsp should be
taken 3 – 4 times a day.
Abdominal distension in infants –
Cold infusion of fennel seeds 5 – 6
drops should be given before nursing
infants to prevent abdominal
distension and loose motion.
sensation and Dryness in throat,
excessive thirst – Decoction of
fennel and coriander seeds should be
taken twice or thrice daily.
spices provide infinite health
benefits they should be used
sparingly. Add spice to your life by
making optimal use of the nature’s
gift to humanity.
Article is written by Dr. Mita
Kotecha (Ph. D.) Professor
Dravyaguna Department NIA, Jaipur.