Herbs and Spices are essential in various flavorful delicious dishes which make the preparations delicious.
This day’s observation also helps to increase awareness of the importance of herbs and spices as far as our health is concerned.
While in the US it is celebrated, we can do something for the celebration on this day too. Thus, Chef Natasha Gandhi, Founder, House of Millets, discusses several important herbs and spices which boost our immunity to the COVID 19 virus.
Green chilies: Raw green chillies are extremely potent and high in vitamin C. They also contain capsaicin, an antioxidant that aids in the maintenance of skin radiance and health. Chilies boost your metabolism once consumed; if you can’t eat them raw, cook them or incorporate them into your meals.
Ginger: Because of the Adrak Chai we all love, this pungent root is a pantry staple in most Indian homes. Slivers of ginger can be added to smoothies and juices to help boost the immune system. Alternatively, drink a ginger honey turmeric lemon shot first thing in the morning. It can also be used to treat nausea and motion sickness.
Turmeric Curcumin, found in this magical yellow root, is well known for its anti-inflammatory and anti-viral properties. It comes in two forms: root and powder, and both are excellent. You can use the root to make pickles, tea, soups, and even dals.
Turmeric: Haldi Doodh, or Turmeric Latte in the West, is a golden liquid that helps to ward off seasonal flu.
Black pepper :Pinch of black pepper It has properties that help to boost the immune system. A pinch of black pepper in your tea or coffee can make a big difference.
Carom seeds: Carom seeds (Ajwain) Most digestive problems have been solved by ajwain. This is because the enzymes in ajwain aid in the release of gastric juices, thereby improving digestion. It also serves as an immunity booster and aids in the treatment of colds and flu. Simply chew some ajwain with warm water and you will notice the difference right away.
Triphala: Triphala has the antioxidant properties of three fruits: haritaki, bibhitaki, and amla. It is high in vitamin C and vitamin A, both of which help to strengthen the immune system.
Tulsi: Tulsi is known as the “Queen of Indian Herbs,” as it can be found in all home gardens and is even worshipped.
It has potent anti-viral and immunity-boosting properties. To treat a fever, cold, or cough, add Tulsi, ginger, lemon, and honey to your tea or brew a tea with these ingredients.
Giloy: Giloy This herb is well-known for its ability to fight bacteria-caused diseases while also aiding in blood purification. It is high in antioxidants, which aid in immunity and digestion.
Moringa During the pandemic, Moringa should be your go-to herb. It contains more vitamin C than oranges, which aids in the development of a strong immune system.
Ashwagandha According to Ayurveda, it boosts immunity and reduces inflammation. It also assists the body in dealing with stress. It comes in powder form, so mix it into your drinks and consume in moderation.