The majority of the ingredients present in the kitchen helps a lot in boosting immunity and are capable of curing numerous lifestyle diseases when consumed in proper manner and in right quantity. For minor troubles and illness these home remedies can prove to be quite effective. But it is quite important to know how to use the commonly available items from your kitchen to cure minor ailments. Let’s look at some suggestions from Ayurvedic experts about using commonly found items in your kitchen for treating simple diseases.
Use of dry ginger for treating indigestion
In most of the Ayurvedic medicines, dry ginger which is also known as chukka in southern India, is a common composite. Due to its digestive and carminative properties it is used in several medicines. Ayurveda believes that ingestion is the major cause of several metabolism related diseases. Hence, it prescribes daily consumption of dry ginger to keep check on the illness.
Dry ginger should be washed, crushed and added to the boiling water before consumption. The mixture can be stored in a container and can be used for drinking as a replacement of water. This mixture helps in flushing out toxins from the body and helps in improving digestion and the reduction of minor blocks from the blood vessels. For the treatment of gastritis, dry ginger powder mixed with a glass of water can serve as an excellent medication.
The famous ‘Chukka Kappi’ or ginger coffee from south India is a special coffee, which is full of amazing health benefits. Other than ginger it also contains several other beneficial herbs like tulsi, cumin, black pepper, cloves, cinnamon, coffee, jaggery and cardamom. The drink is quite effective in treating minor ailments like cough, cold and even mild fever.
Some of the recent researches have also indicated that if the dry ginger is consumed on a daily basis, it helps in the development of immunity against cancer. During the summer time buttermilk prepared with crushed pieces of dry ginger along with leaves of lemon plant acts as an excellent thirst reliever and helps in improving digestion. It also helps in keeping a check on various illnesses brought by the scorching heat of the summer.
Sesame seeds for curing menstrual issues
Collect some dry roasted sesame seeds and make a powder of it. The powder can be stored in an airtight container. Include this powder in small quantities in your regular diet. The consumption of the sesame powder can help in building strong teeth, hair and bones. Women suffering from irregular mensuration are suggested to consume decoction of sesame seed. (Adding a pinch of jiggery with sesame seeds.)
Coriander as an effective treatment for mouth ulcer
Coriander act as an effective medicine against indigestion, nausea, stomach problems and even mouth ulcers. Coriander seeds can be crushed and added to the boiled water. This mixture can be used to gargle once it cools down. The gargle helps in removing bad breath and mouth ulcer. Even chewing coriander leaves can also provide relief from tooth and gum problems.
Black pepper for treatment of common cold
Black pepper is one of the most common spice used in the kitchens across the globe, it adds flavor to the dishes. Other than spicing up the food it can also be used for medicinal purposes. It acts as an effective medicine for all cold related problems. Including black pepper in your daily diet, especially during the monsoon month helps in keeping a check on cold and cough related from problems. It is quite effective against mild throat pain and phlegm. A decoction can be easily made by boiling few tulsi leaves along with black pepper in water to provide instant relief against cough and cold.
Asafoetida is quite effective for stomach problem
Asafoetida or hingu helps in improving digestion by stimulating the flow of digestive fluids in the body and at the same time it also treats gastritis and helps in de-worming your stomach. Adding a tablespoonful of asafetida with lukewarm water and drinking it, will keep a check on gastritis. For children palkayam can be used with a drop of honey for treatment of stomach pain.
Turmeric as an effective medium for purifying blood
Turmeric is used extensively in the Indian dishes to provide flavor and color to the dish. We already know and have read about the extensive medicinal properties of the turmeric. People with minor allergies should include turmeric in their regular daily diet. Turmeric acts as a great blood purifier. When mixed with honey and taken on a regular basis, it can provide relief from sore throat and helps in curing mouth ulcers. Turmeric is also used to treat several ailments from diabetes to common cold attributing to its unique medicinal properties.
Shallots can act as an effective medicine against acidity
Many people are not really aware of the medicinal properties possessed by shallots. Shallots are quite effective in removing phlegm from your body and also help in keeping a check on gastritis. Intake of one or two shallots in your daily diet can help in preventing dysentery and diarrhea. Shallots are also used for treatment of acidity. Adding 3 to 4 shredded shallots with boiled milk and taking it after the breakfast can help in treating acidity.
Cumin seeds as an effective agent to boost immunity
Cumin or jeera is commonly used in kitchens for culinary purposes. Other than adding flavor to food it also acts as an excellent immunity booster. Roasted cumin seeds when added to boiling water act as decoction and provide great relief from gastritis, tiredness and indigestion. For the children who are suffering from minor asthma, powdered cumin seeds mixed with a drop of honey can help in providing temporary relief. Drinking jeera water also helps in improving digestion and helps in providing relief from digestion related problems. Drinking Jeera water also helps in quenching thirst.