Know these Five Ayurvedic Herbs, that we use daily…

With the growing popularity of Ayurveda, an increasing number of Americans are discovering the health benefits of the herbs that play essential roles in this millennia-old system of healing.

It is impossible to even scratch the surface of this venerable medical tradition in a brief article like this, but Ayur_Herbs it is within our reach to offer a respectful nod to the enormous pharmacopeia of Ayurvedic herbs, and to explore a few of the more well-known ones that are finding their way into American medicine cabinets.

Cinnamon is a spice obtained from the inner bark of several trees from the genus Cinnamomum that is used in both sweet and savoury foods. The term “cinnamon” also refers to its mid-brown colour. While Cinnamomum verum is sometimes considered to be “true cinnamon”, most cinnamon in international commerce is derived from related species, which are also referred to as “cassia” to distinguish them from “true cinnamon”.

Medical Benefits

  • Blood Sugar Control
  • Heals Stomach Flu
  • Prevents Cancer
  • Soothes Arthritis
  • Fights Exhaustion and Fatigue
  • Weight Loss
  • Massage Therapy
  • Prevents Yeast Infection
  • Cold, Sore Throat & Cough
  • Alertness, Memory & Cognitive Development

Turmeric is a rhizomatous herbaceous perennial plant of the ginger family, Zingiberaceae. It is native to southwest India, requiring temperatures between 20 and 30 °C (68 and 86 °F) and a considerable amount of annual rainfall to thrive. Plants are gathered annually for their rhizomes and propagated from some of those rhizomes in the following season.

When not used fresh, the rhizomes are boiled for about 30–45 minutes and then dried in hot ovens, after which they are ground into a deep-orange-yellow powder commonly used as a spice in Bangladeshi cuisine, Indian cuisine, Pakistani cuisine and curries, for dyeing, and to impart color to mustard condiments. One active ingredient is curcumin, which has a distinctly earthy, slightly bitter, slightly hot peppery flavor and a mustardy smell.

Medical Benefits

  • Prevents Cancer
  • Controls Diabetes
  • Cures Arthritis
  • Improves Digestion
  • Reduces Cholesterol
  • Weight Management
  • Prevents Alzheimer’s
  • Wound Healer
  • Immunity Booster
  • Prevents Liver Diseases

Cloves are the aromatic flower buds of a tree in the family Myrtaceae, Syzygium aromaticum. They are native to the Maluku Islands in Indonesia, and are commonly used as a spice. Cloves are commercially harvested primarily in Bangladesh, Indonesia, India, Madagascar, Zanzibar, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Tanzania.

Medical Benefits

  • Toothache Relief
  • Overcoming Sinusitis
  • Treats Common Cold
  • Stops Hair Loss
  • Fights Exhaustion and Fatigue
  • Treats Rashes, Cuts & Wounds
  • Cures Cough & Breath
  • Antioxidant
  • Hair Conditioner
  • Cures Blemishes & Scars

Black Pepper
Black pepper is a flowering vine in the family Piperaceae, cultivated for its fruit, which is usually dried and used as a spice and seasoning. When dried, the fruit is known as a peppercorn. When fresh and fully mature, it is approximately 5 millimetres (0.20 in) in diameter, dark red, and, like all drupes, contains a single seed. Peppercorns, and the ground pepper derived from them, may be described simply as pepper, or more precisely as black pepper (cooked and dried unripe fruit), green pepper (dried unripe fruit) and white pepper (ripe fruit seeds).

Medical Benefits

  • Increase Nutrient Absorption
  • Improves Digestion
  • Weight Loss
  • Relieves Gas
  • Clears Congestion
  • Combats Arthritis
  • Fights Cancer
  • Treats Teeth & Gums
  • Cures Skin Diseases
  • Cognitive & Neurological Health

Cardamom is a spice made from the seeds of several plants in the genera Elettaria and Amomum in the family Zingiberaceae. Both genera are native to India (the largest producer until the late 20th century), Bangladesh, Bhutan, Indonesia, Nepal, and Pakistan. They are recognised by their small seed pods, triangular in cross-section and spindle-shaped, with a thin, papery outer shell and small black seeds.

Medical Benefits

  • Digestive
  • Detoxifies
  • Diuretic
  • Oral Health
  • Combats Cold & Flu
  • Controls Blood Pressure
  • Prevents Blood Clots
  • Anti-Oxidant
  • Anti-Pathogen
  • Anti-Inflamatory

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