Galangal provides relief from nausea, diarrhea and indigestion. Hyssop is known for its antiseptic qualities and treats sore throats and soothes coughs by loosening mucous. Nutmeg detoxifies your body and boosts your skin health. Sumac and Anise seeds are helpful in treating coughs, bronchitis and asthma. Rosemary improves lactation for nursing mothers.
Cooking is never complete without using spices and herbs. But, spices are also known for their medicinal values and health benefits. While you are familiar with most of the spices and their uses, you can consider the following 6 spices from the middle-east which you might have not used yet.
Galangal tastes much like ginger and is known to relieve nausea, vomiting, flatulence, indigestion and improving blood circulation. Consuming galangal along with garlic and lemon during diarrhea provides you immediate relief.
Hyssop is a rarely used spice with a slightly bitter taste and a strong flavor. It is notable for its antiseptic and antimicrobial qualities. Using hyssop in your meals soothes sore throats and relieves cough by loosening mucous. You can prepare hyssop tea which helps in improving digestion and stomach aches. It is also known to cleanse your body thoroughly.
Nutmeg is a slightly sweet spice widely used around the world with a long list of associated health benefits. It is known to provide relief for pain, soothe indigestion, detoxify the body, boost your skin health and treat insomnia. Sprinkling nutmeg over eggnog or other hot drinks is known to help relieve nausea and vomiting. However, nutmeg also carries with it a warning, i.e., consuming it in large doses may be toxic to your body causing damage to your liver.
Rosemary is a garden herb for dry climates and doesn’t need much water to thrive. It is good for ordinary headaches and loosens upstressed nerves. Drinking rosemary tea improves blood circulation and gives a feeling of warmth to your body. Rosemary is also known to help nursing mothers in breastfeeding due to high calcium content found in the herb. However, it is not considered to be safe during pregnancy as sudden increase in blood circulation may cause miscarriage. Apart from this, rosemary tea also helps in cleaning the uterus after childbirth or menstruation.
You get this from the berries of sumac plants and is used to treat respiratory and chest problems. Sumac has very powerful antioxidant properties that helps protect your cells from free radical-induced damage. Since Sumac’s flavour is much similar to lemon, you can use it as a replacement to lemon in your food recipes.
Anise seeds are exotic seeds with great fragrance. These seeds help in treating coughs, bronchitis and asthma by loosening mucus in the respiratory tract. Anise tea is known to be really good for infants in improving their digestion power.