5 Spices for a cosy winter –
Spices are a treasure trove of health benefits. Many boast of properties that can keep a host of ailments at bay, and it’s been backed by research! So, better brush up your knowledge on our Indian spices to keep yourself safe.
This Indian spice is considered a natural antibiotic. A host of medical studies claim its anti-inflammatory action is sometimes better than cortisone and phenylbutazone treatment. Thankfully, Indian cuisine uses turmeric in most of its cooking. We suggest you bring home this season the wet version of turmeric abundantly available. Ground it using a pestle and add it to your food while cooking. Or simply chop and drop a few pieces into milk, boil. Have it to keep cough at bay.
One of the oldest known spices, knowledge about cinnamon has been increasing every day. It’s said to stimulate blood circulation, thus inducing some warmth. It’s the perfect spice for this cold-hot-cold climate in the city, as it helps strengthen the immune system. A pinch of ground cinnamon and a teaspoon of honey in warm water in the morning will keep you protected. Sometimes, it’s also teamed with ginger to tackle common colds.
Tea infused with cloves and cardamom is helpful in preventing coughs and cold during this weather. A common grandmother’s remedy is to boil two-three cardamoms in a cup of water and add a teaspoon of honey, and
drink it just before going to bed. It’s said to clear nose and chest congestions. Its aroma is known to uplift spirits and veer away depression, perfect for this gloomy weather.
Ayurvedic medication relies on cloves to treat respiratory issues. Add two or three to soups, tea, dal and curries to keep cough at bay. Chewing a clove is said to help ease irritations in the throat, and chewing a burnt one is said to tackle cough.
Indian homes often prepare ginger-garlic paste and use it in most of their cooking. Soups are perfect for winters. Add fresh ginger pieces to chicken soups and relish with garlic bread. It has anti-inflammatory capacities, thus it helps fight throat and chest infections.
This article is adapted from mumbaimirror.indiatimes.com