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    Spices

    Spices

    THE USES AND BENEFITS OF VEGETABLE SPICES

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    Asafoetida (Hing) It is used for seasoning food especially snacks and has some medicinal uses. It is a good remedy for whooping cough and stomachache caused due to gastric problem.
    Bay leaf (Tezpatta) It is used in cooking to add a specific flavor to food and also has some medicinal properties. Bay leaf oil possesses antifungal and anti bacterial properties.  
    Cardamom (Elaichi) It is used in most of the Indian and other sweet dishes to give a good aroma and flavor. It is also used widely in pharmaceutical sector. It helps in controlling bad breath and digestive disorder. A whole cardamom chewed after meal is good for coping with diabetes.
    Chili (Lalmirch) It is a main ingredient used for adding hot flavor to the food. The antioxidants present in hot pepper help in coping up with cholesterol. It also helps in burning calories.
    Cinnamon (Dalchini) It is used mainly for seasoning food and preparing masalas and 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 toothache 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 and has some medicinal uses too. It can be used externally on aching joints and rheumatism and is also good for coping up with soar throat, allergies, digestion problems, hay fever etc.
    Cumin (Zeera) It is used for cooking and also possesses medicinal properties. It is a good source of iron and keeps the immune system healthy. Water boiled with cumin seeds is good for coping up with dysentery.
    Curry leaves (Curry patta) It us used as a main ingredient for seasoning in some countries and has many medicinal uses. Its leaves are beneficial for reducing blood sugar. Each part of the paint provides some benefit or the other. The dried leaves are extensively used in herbal medicines.