Imagine you are going for a dance party and there is no music.

Now you will be thinking that why am i giving you such a funny example!

Now, just imagine your food without spices, can you now relate the example?

Can you believe that these chotu chotu pieces in your food carry so much of healing properties?

As a naturopath, i believe that your food can heal you!

Hippocrates, the famous Greek Physician once said, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” 

How many of us believe in holistic medicine?

Me! Me! Me!

Anyone else?

Do you know about the history of spices? When i came to know about it, i was fascinated!

It’s testimony to the fact that wars were fought over spices and kingdoms were lost over them.

Spices were recognized as powerful medicine in 2600 Before Christ.

These herbs and spices are not for adding interest to our plates and palates, but they also help in boosting health in different ways!

How do you if a particular item is a herb?

  • Leaf of a plant used in cooking may be referred to as herb

How do you if a particular item is a spice ?

  • Dried part of the plant is often referred as spice

Spices can be buds – Cloves (Laung/lavang)

Spices can be Bark- Cinnamon (Dalchini)

Spices can be roots-  Ginger (Adrak)

Spices can be berries- Peppercorns (Kali miri0

Spices can be Aromatic Seeds- Cumin (Jeera)

Spices can be stigma of a flower- Saffron (Kesar)

Lets learn more about different herbs and spices in depth!

1.Amchur / Amchoor


  • Also called as mango powder.
  • It is a fruity spice powder made from dried unripe green mangoes (Kachii keri).
  • Used in chutneys and dal/sambhar.
  • Iron content is high.
  • Improves digestion.
  • Reduces acidity and flatulence in the body.



  • Also called as Asafoetida.
  • Warm in nature.
  • Helps in increasing digestive enzymes.
  • Reduces flatulence/gas in the body.
  • Helps in reducing the digestive disorders in the body.
  • It helps in preventing constipation.
  • Works as a laxative.
  • Helps in reducing menstrual pain cramps.
  • Take  pinch of asafoetida or hing with buttermilk/water to reduce gas in the body and help in a quick detox.
  • Helps in reducing blood pressure.

3.Kali mirch 

  • Also called as kali mirch of black pepper cons.
  • Helps in proper digestion.
  • Reduces the risk of cancer.
  • Helps in lowering the blood pressure.
  • Helps in prevent arthritis and to some extent it helps in reducing the inflammation as well.
  • Research has shown that it helps in reducing the cholesterol.
  • Improves cardiac health.
  • Helps in reducing migraine if taken in proper amounts.
  • Helps in proper fat absorption.
  • Aids weight loss.
  • Improves gut health.
  • Boosts immunity.
  • Apply its paste with water on the insect bites.

4.Tulsi leaves

Tulsi leaves

  • Also called as basil leaves.
  • Its a very auspicious herb.
  • Helps in reducing the harmful effects of chemotherapy.
  • Helps in improving kidney function.
  • Its anti bacterial in nature.
  • It works as an anti inflammatory.
  • It helps in increasing feel food morning.
  • Helps in reducing the blood glucose levels.
  • It helps in preventing the occurrence of kidney stones.
  • Tulsi oils helps in reducing the cases of respiratory failure.
  • Improves lung function.

5.Bay Leaf


  • Also called as bay leaf.
  • Do you like garam masala? One of the reasons could be garam masala!
  • Helps in building the immune system.
  • Helps in fighting against the urinary infection.
  • Improves gut health, rebuilds the population of good bacteria in the body.
  • Works as an everyday detoxifying agent as well.



  • Also called as cardamom.
  • It has excellent aroma.
  • Helps in stimulating appetite.
  • It also helps in enhancing digestion.
  • Helps in secreting gastric juices.
  • Helps in reducing acidity.
  • Helps in reducing flatulence.
  • Helps in reducint the stomach cramps, vomiting.
  • Helps in maintaining oral hygiene health.



  • Also called as carrom seeds.
  • Ajwain aids the release of gastric juices from the stomach which helps in getting rid of indigestion.
  • Helps in curing nausea.
  • Helps in reducing colic pain in babies.
  • Works as an anti inflammatory compound.
  • Helps in reducing hiccups.



  • Also called cinnamon.
  • Anti bacterial in nature.
  • Anti fungal in nature.
  • Anti microbial in nature.
  • Anti clotting factor.
  • Helps in reducing bad cholesterol.
  • Helps in increasing good cholesterol.
  • Helps in reducing insulin resistance.
  • Helps in boosting metabolism.
  • Helps in reducing gas.
  • Helps in reducing acidity.



  • Also called as fennel seeds.
  • Used as a mouth freshener.
  • Helps in curing indigestion.
  • Helps in reducing bloating.
  • Helps in reducing constipation.
  • It helps in reducing pre menstrual pain.
  • It is also used a galactagogue which means that helps in increasing production of breast milk.
  • Helps in reducing the menopausal disorders.

10.Pudina Leaves



  • Works as mouth  freshener.
  • Helps in activating the digestive system.
  • Helps in reducing acidity.
  • Helps in reducing flatulence.
  • Helps in blood purification.
  • Helps in soothing the muscles.
  • Helps in reducing muscle cramps.
  • Works as an expectorant.

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Dr. Trishala Chopra

With varied degrees, Trishala Chopra gets a complete hold in her subject! She is currently pursuing her doctorate in the field of alternative therapies and her diploma in sports nutrition. Her knowledge in the field of naturopathy,yoga, ayurveda, clinical nutrition, nutraceuticals makes her a complete package of knowledge!

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