5 Healing Spices To Keep In Your Kitchen

Ayurvedic SpicesHerbs and spices are the easiest form of medicine that nature has to offer. To bring out the best qualities of spices, sauté the spices in ghee or dry roast in a pan before use. Here are five must-have spices for your kitchen:


1. Turmeric

Turmeric has been used as a basic ingredient in Indian cooking for thousand of years. Turmeric is a natural antibiotic, reduces fat, purifies blood and acts as wound and bruise healer. Add turmeric to boiled milk, vegetables, and any curry dishes.


2. Asafoetida

Asafoetida is commonly available in powder form or as granules. Only a pinch of asafoetida is needed and can be added directly to ghee, water or broth while cooking. Asafoetida improves digestion of food, alleviates problems of heaviness, fullness, bloating, or gas after eating.  Add to lentil dishes, beans, soups etc. to aid digestion. Click here to buy asafoetida.


3. Cumin

Cumin is an aromatic spice much used in Indian cooking to aid digestion. According to Ayurveda, when the food is not completely digested, it ferments in the stomach and produces gas. Cumin dispels gas, eliminates toxins, and relieves abdominal pain. Add roasted cumin to rice, soup, lentils, or any vegetable dish while cooking. Click here to buy cumin seeds.


4. Coriander

Fresh coriander leaves and seeds are both used in cooking. Fresh coriander is a popular garnish. It is sold in grocery stores as cilantro. The coriander seeds are commonly found as whole dried seeds and in ground form. Coriander is effective digestive stimulant, relieves fatigue, exhaustion, headaches, and muscular pain. Garnish with cilantro often and add coriander to lentils, beans, or any vegetable dish while cooking. Click here to buy coriander seeds.


5. Ginger

Ginger is highly recommended for colds, coughs, flu, motion sickness, and indigestion. It stimulates all tissues of body, improves circulation, and reduces inflammation. This warm and aromatic spice can be used fresh or as a dry powder. Add fresh ginger to tea, soup, and any vegetable dish. Click here to buy dry ginger.


Here are a few healthy recipes to get you started on your Ayurvedic journey!

Digestive Cumin, Coriander, and Fennel Tea Recipe

Organic Ghee (Clarified Butter) Recipe

Carrots and Peas Recipe


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About Preeti Gupta

Preeti Gupta is a classically trained Ayurvedic Practitioner practicing in the Bay area. She provides personalized Ayurvedic counseling sessions and monthly group wellness events that focus on balanced diet, healthy nutrition, natural detoxification, rejuvenation and disease prevention. She is passionate about using food as a medicine, and she looks forward to being part of your Ayurvedic journey soon!