Though herbs spices and seeds have been used for hundreds of years to heal, scientists are finally starting to substantiate these plants’ abilities to alleviate arthritis pain, reduce high blood sugar and cholesterol, and help with many other conditions. Our Kashaya blend contains 14 potent ingredients.
Black Pepper, Borneo Camphor, Cardamom, Clove, Cumin, Coriander, Fenugreek, Ginger, Hemidesmus Indicus, Liquorice Root, Indian Long Pepper, Nutmeg, Turmeric, Wood Apple
Black pepper is commonly used to add a robust, spicy flavour to dishes. However in India, where it is available in abundance, it is also recognised for its various health benefits.
Black pepper is an important ingredient in many Ayurvedic formulations. This pungent and warming spice naturally clears chest congestions, relieves colds and soothes sore throats. Piperine, a component of Black Pepper, has been shown in scientific studies to help increase the body’s absorption of curcumin, beta-carotene, vitamin B and selenium making it a vital component in Kashaya blends to enhance the potency of the other spices. It also helps enhance brain function, aids in healthy blood flow through the heart and stimulates digestion.
Cloves are dried flower buds boasting a beautiful exotic scent and unique mix of medical properties. This tree grows naturally in India, Sri Lanka, Brazil, West Indies, Zanzibar, Madagascar and Tanzania.
Cloves are traditionally used in Ayurveda to treat digestive problems, oral infections, diabetes, hypersensitivity, osteoporosis, impotence, sinusitis, poor blood circulation, prostate problems, arthritis and respiratory infections. The nail-shaped spice contains a significant amount of eugenol oil, a variety of flavonoids and other vital components such as beta-caryophyllene, providing an amazing source of anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
Known as Methi in Hindi, fenugreek has a long history as a medicinal herb. Fenugreek is native to southern Europe, the Mediterranean region and Western Asia. It is warming and has a bitter, pungent, slightly sweet taste.
Fenugreek enhances the mind, stimulates sexual energy and supports feminine beauty. Studies suggest Fenugreek may also help treat diabetes and prevent breast cancer. It can combat bronchitis, fevers, sore throats, wounds swollen glands, skin irritations, diabetes, ulcers and in the treatment of cancer. The ancient seed has also been used to balance hormone levels and promote breast milk production.
Known as Sugandi in Ayurvedic medicine, this sweet, spicy and aromatic herb originated in India where it still grows wildly today.
Traditionally used to clear and calm one’s mind, hemidesmus indicus encourages deep mental tranquility and helps prepare you for a satisfying sleep. The amazing plant is also valued in Ayurvedic medicine for its ability to treat kidney disorders and the cooling effect it has on the uncomfortable burning sensation of urinary tract infections. It’s antibacterial properties are also helpful in treating skin problems and aiding skin healing. Commonly used for the treatment of gastrointestinal and cardiovascular disorders, hemidesmus indicus inhibits the growth of E. coli, Streptococcus, Corynebacterium, and Pneumonia.
Grown in South Asia, this root is usually dried and ground into powder, however it is sometimes sold fresh. Deep yellow in colour and characterised by its peppery and slightly bitter flavour, it has long been respected in Indian culture for its amazing health benefits.
The healing powers of turmeric are wondrous. Rich in anti-inflammatory and disinfecting properties, it is a safe and natural way to relive the discomfort of arthritis, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis. It may slow the progression of multiple sclerosis and Alzheimer’s, reduce cardiovascular disease and aid in weight management. Studies have shown it can also help clear bad cholesterol from the liver.
The camphor tree mainly grows in Borneo, Sumatra and Indonesia. An oil is extracted from the leaves of the tree and distilled to form small, waxy, white crystals with a strong scent. It is widely used in India for both medicinal purposes and religious ceremonies.
India is the largest consumer of borneo camphor. It has been used in Ayurveda for thousands of years to relieve respiratory ailments such as coughs, colds, bronchitis and asthma. The slightly bitter tasting herb encourages blood circulation throughout the body and promotes healthy digestion. Its germ killing properties combats skin irritations and fungal infections. Many also believe camphor acts as an effective aphrodisiac.
Coriander is also known as cilantro, but in India it is bestowed with the name dhanya —'the rich one'. It’s a fitting name as it is rich in micronutrients, nutritional elements and contains a host of vitamins and minerals like calcium, magnesium, sodium and potassium.
A potent herb in Ayurveda, the essential oils found in coriander may stimulate creativity, optimism and imagination. Prepared in a variety of teas, coriander seeds are used to treat women who suffer from heavy menstrual flow and hormonal mood swings. Coriander is also reputed to help individuals who suffer from diabetes and high cholesterol. Recent studies have also shown that coriander can be successfully used in treating anxiety, depression and panic attacks.
India and China are the world’s largest producers of ginger. This aromatic and spicy root has played an important role in treating a wide variety of ailments for thousands of years.
Ginger is one of the most powerful healing ingredients in Ayurveda formulations and its positive affects on suppressing cancer cells was recently presented in a research report at The American Association for Cancer Research conference in Phoenix. Ginger is known to help relieve nausea, indigestion, cramping and travel sickness. It can also reduce fever and cleanse the body of harmful toxins. Ginger root also supports healthy microbes in the gut and a healthy intestinal wall.
An ancient herb, liquorice is bursting with sweet, sharp and robust flavours. It was used by the Brahmins of India and Hindus for its soothing and healing medicinal qualities. It is also an important ingredient in traditional Chinese medicine formulas as it is believed to harmonise other herbs.
The healing properties of liquorice root is often underestimated. Brimming with anti-depressant compounds, it boasts an impressive list of healing substance. Liquorice is valuable in treating ulcers, heartburn, indigestion and constipation. It also appears to lower cholesterol, boost immunity, relieve fevers, control respiratory problems and reduce symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome. In addition, it’s used to treat hepatitis, heart disease and menstrual problems.
The wood apple tree is native to India, but is also grown in Sri Lanka, Thailand and other regions of Southern Asia. The vast array of health benefits attributed to wood apples are mainly due to their nutrients, vitamins, and organic compounds, including their tannins, calcium, phosphorous, fibre, protein and iron.
A good source of beta-carotene, thiamine and riboflavin, regular consumption of wood apple may be effective in boosting liver health and preventing breast cancer.
The Feronia gum extracted from the tree trunk is also believed to help diabetics by balancing sugar levels in the bloodstream. The gum is also used to treat diarrhoea.
A member of the ginger family, cardamom is native to the East. The aromatic seed of the cardamom plant is highly prized for its important minerals, volatile oil and medicinal properties.
Eastern cultures have been taking advantage of cardamom’s medicinal qualities for centuries. Asian and Indian cultures use it to fight depression and reduce stress. It is highly effective against tooth and gum decay, halitosis, sore throat and hoarseness. The volatile oil in cardamom is believed to soothe the stomach and intestines, making it an ideal solution for a host of digestive problems, such as constipation, dysentery and indigestion. It can also assist in soothing gas, heartburn and stomach upset. It also contains phytochemicals which may ward off certain forms of cancer.
Native to the Mediterranean, cumin is the dried seed of the Cuminum Cyminum plant, a member of the parsley family. It is used extensively in Ayurveda for balancing the energy in one’s body.
Bestowed with the title 'kindler of gastric fire', cumin is known to relive diarrhea, flatulence, nausea, morning sickness, and of course, indigestion. When taken regularly, its impressive anti-fungal properties reduce the length and severity of colds. Cumin has attracted the attention of scientists who suggest it may also help prevent cancer as thanks to its ability to detoxify the liver and prevent free radicals from entering the blood stream.
INDIAN LONG PEPPER
Greatly valued in Ayurvedic medicine for its therapeutic properties. Long pepper is a peppercorn measuring around 2 inches in length. Rich in antibacterial piperine, it can help fight bacterial infections. The pepper may also help in reducing blood glucose levels in diabetic patients and provide relief to those suffering from liver ailments. This wonderful spice is also a natural way to rid your body of fatty toxins and promote weight loss.
A sweet and nutty spice, nutmeg mainly grows in Indonesia, specifically the Banda Islands. It is the source of two separate spices, the nutmeg seed and the reddish lace covering the seed known as mace.
Nutmeg relaxes the body, encourages sleep and wards off anxiety. Inflammations, sores and infections are traditionally treated with nutmeg. It is also believed to contain active ingredients that remove toxins from the liver and kidney, inhibit certain leukemia cells and combat Alzheimer’s and other memory-related conditions. One of nutmeg’s anti-bacterial ingredients, macelignan, has also been recognised by the medical community as an effective agent against strep throat.
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