The Most Powerful Ayurvedic Healing Spices Hidden in Your Kitchen 

Written By  Aquib Nawab, BBA

Medically Reviewed By  Dr. Sandeep Madaan, MD (Ayurveda)


They're ancient health treasures documented in traditional manuscripts. Your kitchen holds these nutritional gems, passed down by ancestors, ensuring both taste and wellness. 

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1. Turmeric 

Turmeric, or Haldi, is a versatile Indian spice that boasts numerous health benefits. It aids in heart disease prevention, diabetes management, and weight loss. 

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2. Red Chilli Powder 

Red chilli powder contains capsaicin, aiding fat burning, metabolism, and curbing food cravings. Regular consumption helps lower cholesterol, prevent blood clot formation, and reduce blood pressure. 

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3. Coriander 

Coriander, or Dhaniya, is a Tridosha-Nashak spice suitable for all three doshas. From relieving pain to aiding digestion, coriander offers a range of health benefits, including cholesterol and blood pressure management. 

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4. Cloves 

Cloves are prized for their skin benefits, breath freshening, and digestion enhancement. With muscle spasm relief and kidney tonic properties, cloves offer holistic well-being. 

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5. Cardamom 

Known as the "Queen of Spices," cardamom balances doshas and aids digestion. Its benefits extend beyond flavoring, helping with bronchitis, depression, and stress reduction. 

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6. Cumin Seeds 

Cumin seeds, or Jeera, are celebrated for their digestive stimulation and immune-boosting properties. From weight reduction to respiratory health, cumin supports various bodily functions. 

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7. Fenugreek Seeds 

Fenugreek seeds, or Methi, effectively manage diabetes, cholesterol, and constipation. Its diverse properties make it beneficial for respiratory, mental, and digestive health. 

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8. Dry Ginger 

Dry Ginger, or Saunth, aids digestion, weight loss, and cold relief. Its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties make it a natural remedy for colds and coughs. 

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9. Amchur 

Amchur, or Dry Mango Powder, enhances bowel movements, digestion, and weight loss. Rich in vitamin C, amchur supports clear vision and disease prevention. 

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10. Black Pepper 

Known as the "King of Spices," black pepper aids in fat breakdown, immunity, and toxin removal. It supports digestion, treats intestinal worms, and offers relief for respiratory disorders. 

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11. Mustard Seeds 

Mustard seeds, or Rai/Sarso, relieve flatulence and offer unique compounds like Rutin and Arabinogalactan. Used in masalas and pickles, they promote liver health, skin wellness, and hair growth. 

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12. Nutmeg 

Nutmeg, or Jaiphal, promotes relaxation, aids digestion, and supports cardiac health. It aids in respiratory issues, skin care, and even offers neuroprotective properties. 

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13. Asafoetida 

Asafoetida, or Hing, eases gastrointestinal problems and bloating, with benefits for Vatta and Kapha doshas. It also supports heart health and blood pressure management. 

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14. Bay Leaf 

Bay Leaf, or Tej Patta, infuses aroma and supports diabetes regulation. Gastroprotective properties, metabolism regulation, and nervous system support are among its benefits. 

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15. Ajwain 

Ajwain, or Carom Seeds, aids digestion, relieves flatulence, and offers antifungal properties. Its versatility makes it a popular spice with multiple benefits. 

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