Medicinal Food Items for Your Pantry
By Nmami Agarwal
June 11, 2018
Over the years, the use of natural ingredients to cure ailments has been no secret. With just a few ingredients used in traditional home remedies, you can enhance your immunity system and get rid of the cold that has been bugging you for days. Other than culinary benefits, these food items have shown tremendous healing potential and are often recommended for their immense medicinal value. These traditional medicines can be used to cure acute health problems or sometimes be taken as a preventative measure to boost immunity and ensure good health. Here’s a review of a few must-have natural ingredients, which are essential to any health-conscious kitchen.
Amla, also known as Indian gooseberry, has long been hailed for its healing and immunity boosting properties. It has been a part of Ayurvedic medicine for over thousands of years. Amla is a reservoir of various minerals, vitamins and biochemical substances from which innumerable health benefits can be mined. Amla is an excellent source of vitamin C and protein which is ideal to prevent hair loss. Not only does benefit your hair, it is equally valuable for your skin as it helps to fight wrinkles, pimples, acne etc. while removing layers of dead skin when applied externally. The list does not end here. Amla cures cough and cold, burns unhealthy fat, cures mouth ulcers and controls diabetes. All these properties make amla an essential part of everyday life.
Aloe Vera, also described as a wonder plant, is a powerhouse of therapeutic properties. The medicinal properties of this succulent plant are truly significant. Being diverse in its uses, aloe vera plant presents an array of benefits. The gel of this plant soothes inflamed skin and repairs from tender wounds. With its hydrating, rejuvenating and toning properties, aloe vera has multiple skin benefits. Being a versatile gel, it is effective as a toothpaste to fight against germs and cavities. The consumption of Aloe latex fights constipation, diabetes, ulcers and second-degree burns. All these beneficial properties make aloe vera an important item to be stored in the pantry.
Throughout the centuries, cinnamon has been known as a powerful spice which works wonders against a range of ailments. Even today the uses and consumption of this spice are widespread. Of all the spices, cinnamon ranks at the top in terms of its protective antioxidant levels. A little amount of cinnamon goes a long way. Being high in antioxidants, it reduces the aging process, protects heart health and reduces blood pressure. Cinnamon’s anti-inflammatory properties reduce swelling and is beneficiary during pain management. Not only this, cinnamon reverses the effects of cold and flu and prevents health issues arising from the attack of viruses and bacteria.
Black peppercorns usually called black pepper, not only dramatically raises taste of food but also the health quotient. Being the King of spices it has its own unique flavors which cannot be used as generously as salt. It is a great source of magnesium, vitamin K, iron and fiber which promote anti-bacterial and antioxidant and fever-reducing properties. Black pepper improves digestive health, lowers blood pressure, relieves cough & cold and fights infections. All these beneficial properties make black pepper a perfect addition to your bag of home remedy hacks.
Turmeric is the most timeworn addition to this list. It is the perfect blend of spice and medicine. It has proven to be a potent antioxidant along with anti-inflammatory effects. The list of benefits and uses of turmeric is gargantuan considering it is a solution to ample of problems. It prevents heart diseases in various ways, helps fight diabetes and cancer, prevents hypertension and is a folk remedy to prevent harmful effects of smoking. Turmeric lowers the risk of brain diseases and fights against arthritis. Being a potent remedy for both acute and major health problems, this spice boosts the immune system and prevents colds and infections.
Sage is an example of ‘blessings of nature.’ Other than its culinary uses, this herb holds great value when it comes to medicinal properties. It is a perfect care package for your skin, hair, and health which makes it valuable to human well-being. Consumption of even small amounts of sage can improve cognition, treat sores and inflammation. Sage provides anti-aging benefits and treats skin problems like psoriasis and eczema. Its additional benefits include hair strengthening, stimulation for faster growth of hair and also add shine to it.
Intensely aromatic and flavorful, garlic has the ability to cure and prevent a wide spectrum of diseases. With its strong flavour, it instantly energizes up any dish and cures an extensive range of ailments. Since ancient times, garlic has been a boon to mankind and here are a few reasons why –Being low in calories and rich in manganese, vitamin C & B6, it is highly nutritious. Garlic can combat sickness and common cold by boosting the functioning of the immune system. It improves cholesterol levels, blood pressure and metabolism. To add up to all these qualities is the perfect roasted flavor of garlic which is very easy to incorporate into daily diets.
India being the largest exporter of fennel seeds ensures the availability of these seeds, also known as saunf, in every household. The practice of freshening up your mouth after every meal with these seeds provide considerable amounts of copper, potassium, zinc, iron and vitamin C.Other than its mouth freshening properties, fennel seeds regulate blood pressure and water retention. It also reduces asthma’s symptoms, purifies blood and improves eyesight. Fennel tea is the key to cure bloating, constipation and indigestion. The advantages do not end here. Fennel seeds are the solution to treat acne and edema. The positive points if these seeds are endless.
These spices, herbs and seeds have scientifically proven to be an asset. They are easily available and can be easily accommodated into everyday diets which make them a vital inclusion to your pantry.