There are so many spices that we ignore in everyday food and drinks. Spices are meant to enhance the way we live and keep us healthy by the way of food. We have come up with a list of most common and easily available spices that you can find in your local market or farmers market. 10 spices that you must have in your kitchen also describes a few benefits and properties of these spices.
Here are top 10 spices that will add zest and flavor to your food and drinks.
Ginger is the most widely known spice and is also used in alternate medicine systems around the world.
It’s hot in nature and is most used fresh. Ginger is juicy and fleshy with a fragrance.
Ginger can be used in vegetable and other dishes while cooking. Grate some ginger in your dish and let is cook. This will give a spicy taste to the dish. This is added in the seasonings as well. Ginger candy is well known and so is ginger wine. Ginger aids in digestion when used in cooking.
Ginger is used in tea and it gives a distinct flavor to the drink. It helps in curing cough and cold. It produces saliva thus lubricating the throat.
Turmeric belongs to the same family as ginger. It has the taste that’s warm, bitter and earthy. Turmeric is widely used in medicines or a medicine itself. The components of turmeric (like curcumin) are now used in certain therapies.
Cooking with this spice is common in India and Asia. It gives a yellow color to the dish. It has antibacterial properties and helps in preventing cancer.
Curing some throat infections with turmeric is known to be effective. Taking one-fourth tea spoon with warm water to cure common cold and for throat is known to work. It reduces cholesterol with regular use. However, before taking any spice as medicine, you should consult with practitioner of this system of medicine known as Ayurveda.
Garlic belongs to the family of onions. It has high levels of antibacterial properties. It adds spicy and a little pungent flavor to the food but should be lightly cooked (don’t overcook).
Garlic breads are most known for the flavor and taste around the world. Mix garlic with tomatoes and ginger to add awesome flavor to anything that you want to eat. Take a piece of bread and spread some grated garlic on it with a little butter and toast. This will make a great quick and healthy snack.
Garlic is known to reduce cholesterol and reduce blood pressure. It also helps in curing cancer and common cold. Take one clove of garlic with salt and put this in your mouth, crush it a little. This will help cure your throat and cold.
Take a clove or two of raw garlic while having your food is more effective. You can chew a cardamom after this to take of your breath.
4. Black Pepper
It’s peppery in taste and adds the zing your dish is missing. Black Pepper has so many benefits to human health is consumed in right amount. Let us give you are few of them to consider.
This spice helps in absorbing all other nutrients from the food that you consume. For example it helps in absorbing turmeric in blood if cooked besides turmeric in your dish.
It has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. It helps in reducing cholesterol and is known to break down fat. It aids in weight loss.
It clears your lungs of cough and eases the symptoms of cold. Put some black pepper seeds (four seeds) in water with ginger, boil the water for 5 minutes and drink this on empty stomach in the morning as tea. This will help you use all the benefits of the black pepper throughout the day.
The plant has flowers and smells sweet and pleasant. This spice will add the aroma to your dish that it’s missing. Besides adding flavor this spice has undermined benefits.
It helps in stronger bones and contains calcium, iron, zinc, vitamin K and other nutrients to help in stronger bones and bone health.
It helps in lowering blood pressure and thus helps your heart health. It also contains selenium that helps the liver get rid of toxin buildup.
It is known to prevent constipation and increase the metabolism thus leading to better health and weight management.
Cinnamon is the inner bark of tree species of genus Cinnamomum. This spice is used for its aromatic property in a number of cuisines.
Cinnamon consumed in small quantity can manage type 2 diabetes. The blood serum showed reduced level of sugar after consuming a small quantity of cinnamon. It can also reduce insulin resistance.
Cinnamon can lower the cholesterol levels in the body. It is antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral as well.
Go ahead and sprinkle some cinnamon on your coffee and tea or the dessert you so love, to add flavor and health to your diet.
Clove is a bud. This is rich in oil and does wonder for the teeth and gum health. Add this to your diet in very small amount say 1 or 2 buds in the dish to give it strong, sweet bitter and astringent flavor.
Clove is used as a painkiller in toothache. You can put a clove near the tooth that is paining and it will ease the edge of the pain.
It is used in aromatherapy which helps in digestion and relieving the symptoms of cold. It is known to help in cleaning the kidneys and digestive tract.
Saffron is the one of the most expensive spice in the world. It is derived from a flower and the edible part is stigma and style.
It is widely used in seasoning and for aroma purposes. It gives a unique smell and sweet like taste.
This spice is well known to increase immunity and increase blood circulation. It helps in improving nervous functions.
Put a few strands of this spice in warm milk and wait for 10 minutes before drinking. This will allow saffron to release its flavors and smell in the milk to make it more appetizing. This method protects the body from cold winters.
Fenugreek is seed which is yellowish in color. Dry leaves are used in garnishing and as seasoning. Fresh leaves are used to make vegetable with spinach, mostly in India. This is very potent dish and is helpful in keeping the body warm during winters.
Fenugreek is loaded iron and magnesium, copper, vitamin B6 and others. This spice is used in curing anemia and other conditions.
This is prescribed for breast feeding mothers. It also lowers cholesterol and reduces the cardiovascular risks.
However, this spice is mostly used to control diabetes and is used widely in medicines. According to some Ayurveda practitioners fenugreek seeds (1 tablespoon) soaked overnight in water and taken on empty stomach in morning (the wet seeds chewed along with water) controls diabetes type 2.
Talk to your Ayurveda practitioner before any intake of Ayurveda treatments.
This is the one of the most fragrant spice in the family of spices. It refreshes the breath and aid in digestion. This is a pod and has seeds inside this pod.
The taste is little spicy and aromatic. Put it in the tea while the water is boiling before adding tea leaf. This tea will be warm in nature.
Cardamom is known to be anti-depressant and helps in preventing gastrointestinal diseases.
This spice will only kill the harmful bacteria in the gut but not the probiotic bacteria, says one study.
It improves blood circulation and detoxifies the body, treats nausea and elevates the mood. In Ayurveda this spice is used in treating various disorders like urinary, hiccups, gum and teeth health and so on.