Immunity Booster Spice Collection
Different spices also have specific immune-boosting properties. Turmeric is detoxifying and enhances the intelligence of the immune cells. Use our recipe on a regular basis to boost your immune system during cold and flu season.
A growing body of research suggests that many of the chemicals we ingest daily through food, water, and air can become deposited in fat cells in our bodies. A diet that lacks certain nutrients may also impair our natural ability to detoxify chemicals, which further leads to their build-up in the body.
The cumulative load, called the "body burden", is thought to lead to illness and has been linked to hormonal imbalance, impaired immune function, nutritional deficiency, and an inefficient metabolism. Signs are thought to include indigestion, bad breath, fatigue, poor skin, and muscle pain.
Generally, a detox diet is a short-term diet that: minimizes the amount of chemicals ingested (for example, by the use of organic food); emphasizes foods that provide the vitamins, nutrients, and antioxidants that the body needs for detoxification; and contains foods, such as high fiber foods and water, that draw out and eliminate toxins by increasing the frequency of bowel movements and urination.
There are many herbs and spices that assist in our bodyís healing and cleansing. It is advisable to consume these herbs and spices regularly for effective detox purposes.
Our Detox Spice Collection consists of:
Turmeric, Fenugreek seed, Fennel seed, Ajwain seed, Ginger, Senna Tea, Rosemary and Oregano
- Turmeric: The Queen of spices, turmeric is a powerful antioxidant with many health benefits. It aids detoxification of our liver detoxification and stimulates cleansing. Turmeric may also help treat a variety of conditions related to inflammation and antioxidant damage, including cataracts, arthritis, cancer, and heart disease. It is also used to treatment digestive disorders, promote wound healing, and strengthen the immune system. According to ayurveda, turmeric is a blood purifier that improves liver function, prevents coughs and colds, improves skin tone, and is antiseptic. Some research suggests that turmeric may help relieve some symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis. Studies show that the curcuminoids in turmeric may help fight cystic fibrosis, colon cancer, arthritis, and even Alzheimer's.
- Fenugreek: Fenugreek is noted for its restorative digestive properties and its unique slightly bitter flavor. Indian Ayurvedic and traditional Chinese medicine recommend fenugreek to improve digestion, maintain a healthy metabolism and treat arthritis and bronchitis. Fenugreek seeds contain a lot of mucilage, which helps sooth gastrointestinal inflammation by coating the lining of the stomach and intestine. Recent studies have shown that fenugreek helps lower blood glucose levels, and may be an effective treatment for both type 1 and 2 diabetes. In one study, glucose levels in those with type 1diabetes participantsí urine fell 54 percent after taking 50 grams of fenugreek seeds twice a day.
- Fennel: Its flavor is similar to a mild anise or licorice.but is more aromatic, sweeter and less pungent. Fennel has been used to treat digestive ailments since the time of the ancient Egyptians and recent studies support its use as a digestive aid. Fennel has been shown to relieve intestinal spasms and cramping in the smooth muscle lining of the digestive tract, which helps relieve uncomfortable gastrointestinal symptoms. Commission E, an expert panel in Germany that evaluates the safety and effectiveness of herbs, endorses fennel for the treatment of digestive upsets, including indigestion, gas pains, irritable bowel syndrome, and infant colic.
- Ajwain (Bishops Weed, Carom or Omam): Ajwain quite pungent and bitter in its raw state balances out once cooked. Property wise it is spasmodic, germicidal, antiseptic, digestive, antipyretic, expectorant and an extra- ordinary tonic. Ajwain contains thymol which is a germicide and antiseptic and is prescribed for diarrhea, colic and other bowel problems, helping expel wind and mucus.
- Rosemary: Rosemary has a long tradition of culinary and medicinal use. Even today, rosemary is a popular herb for seasoning meats, and modern herbalists recommend it for treatment of depression, indigestion, headache, muscle aches, and bad breath. Rosemary has a long history of use as a treatment for gastrointestinal disorders. It helps relax muscle spasms in the digestive tract.
- Senna: Senna, also known as cassia, has been used as a laxative in the Middle East since the ninth century. It contains anthraquinones that interact with bacteria in the digestive tract to cause intestinal contractions. Senna is an active ingredient in many brand-name laxatives and herbal teas. Senna is perhaps the strongest of the herbal bowel booster.
- Ginger: Ginger is a tasty, aromatic spice that has been a mainstay of Asian and Indian cuisine and traditional medicine for thousands of years. Ginger is also often used for treatment of flatulence, indigestion, diarrhea, and menstrual cramps. This is because ginger mimics some digestive enzymes used to process protein in the body, and is known to act as a gastronintestinal antispasmodic. Commission E, a panel in Germany that evaluates herbs for the government, recommends ginger to prevent and treat indigestion.
- Oregano: Oregano is known to have strong antibacterial properties and has been shown to inhibit the growth of many kinds of bacteria, including some that cause serious food borne illnesses.
Uses: Turmeric is sometimes substituted for saffron. Use in soups, curries and stews or dishes such as chicken tandoori.
Researchers in India found people who took 2 ounces of fenugreek seed each day had significantly (around 14 percent) lower cholesterol levels after 24 weeks, and had lowered their risk of heart attack by more than 25 percent. Commission E, a group that evaluates the safety and efficacy of herbs for the German government, approves fenugreek for treatment of inflammation, loss of appetite, and gastritis.
Uses: Use in curries, pickles, stews or brewed as a tea. Can also be sprouted or swallowed whole.
You can make your own fennel tea by crushing 1 to 2 teaspoons of mashed fennel seeds into a cup of hot water. Fennel also has a reputation as an appetite suppressant and promoter of weight-loss. Some studies have shown that fennel does indeed have some diuretic effect, and may help reduce water retention.
Uses: Fennel seeds are used as both a spice in cooking and to make herbal medicines. The English are famous for adding fennel seeds to fish dishes. Fennel seeds are often pounded to a paste and added to bread dough and confectionary for flavour. In Indian restaurants, fennel seeds are offered as an after dinner breath freshener.
Gastro-intestinal disorders: for relieving flatulence, dyspepsia and spasmodic disorders, the seeds may be eaten with betel leaves. A teaspoon of ajwain with a little rock salt is a household remedy for indigestion.
Others claim that it improves memory, relieves muscle pain, and stimulates the circulatory and nervous systems. Rosemary has been used to \ treat mild spasms, wounds, eczema, sciatica, rheumatism and depression as well as parasites. The antioxidants in rosemary may also offer some level of cancer protection. Rosemary has been shown to help kill bacteria that cause infection. Rosemary also protects the brain from oxidation and increases blood flow, two actions that may help prevent or slow the development of Alzheimer's.
You can use dried rosemary needles to make a homebrewed rosemary tea; just add 1 teaspoon of dried leaves to a cup of boiling water. Steep for 10 minutes, then strain. Use this infusion as a gargle for bad breath, or drink up to 3 cups a day to help improve digestion or clear congestion.
Senna's seedpods possess more constipation-relieving power than its leaves, but leaf formulations are safer. To reduce the likelihood of intestinal pain when taking senna, mix it with ginger, cloves, or mint. Senna is a proven spasmodic, and should never be used by people suffering from serious digestive disorders such as Crohn's disease.
Also used for constipation, dysentery, ringworm. During the old times it was used for dermatitis, fever, gonorrhea, hemorrhoids, indigestion, and to heal wounds.
Ginger has been used in Asian medicine to treat nausea, stimulate appetite, fight body odor, and promote perspiration. Indian Ayurvedic medicine recommends ginger for the treatment of arthritis, and recent studies have shown that ginger does indeed inhibit the production of cytokines, which are chemicals that can promote inflammation.
Ginger also helps treat joint pain by stimulating blood circulation, and this effect may make it a useful treatment for many illnesses characterized by pain and poor circulation, including rheumatoid arthritis and Raynaudís syndrome.
Research indicates that ginger is beneficial to the heart as well. Clinical studies have shown that as little as 5 grams of dried ginger a day slows the production of triglycerides and LDL (bad) cholesterol in the liver. Ginger also guards against heart attack and stroke by preventing the platelet clumping or stickiness that can lead to blood clots and atherosclerosis.
Oregano is also a powerful source of many antioxidant vitamins. Antioxidant vitamins are thought to play a vital role in the prevention of many forms of cancer, as well as perhaps slowing down the aging process. Oregano has been shown to have over 42 times the antioxidant activity as apples, 30 times higher than potatoes and 12 times more than oranges. As a matter of fact, ounce for ounce oregano is thought to be one of the most antioxidant dense of all foods.
For thousands of years, people of the Mediterranean have relied on oregano as a natural preservative. Modern laboratory tests have proven it to be a potent killer of food-borne microbes and pathogens, including staphylococcus, campylobacter, E. coli and giardia.