Created by sages more than 3,000 years ago, Ayurveda is the traditional medicine of India and the world's oldest holistic healing system. The word Ayurveda comes from two Sanskrit words: Ayur (life) and Veda (knowledge). Considered the "science of life" and based on sacred texts, Ayurveda can be applied to prevent, improve and treat any health problem. Along with Yoga, Ayurveda creates a healing system that integrates body, mind and spirit to restore inner balance.
Spices have a special place in Ayurvedic medicine due to their amazing healing power. Ginger, cardamom, cinnamon, turmeric, cumin, fennel, black pepper, cayenne, cilantro, saffron or nutmeg are some of the common spices used in India's traditional medicine. Used in cooking or prepared in remedies, spices fight indigestion, insomnia, colds and constipation among other common ailments, but also help enhance digestion, prevent disease and boost your metabolism.
Spices for indigestion: fennel, cilantro and licorice.
Spices for colds: turmeric and ginger.
Spices for gas and bloating: mint, chamomile, cardamom and cinnamon.
Spices for sore throat: turmeric and cayenne.
Spices for morning sickness: mint and ginger.
Spices for insomnia: nutmeg, saffron and valerian root.