Add flavor and balance with Pitta pacifying spices
- Coriander is a tri-doshic spice highly appreciated in Ayurveda. It is a cooling spice and contributes the sweet and astringent tastes. Ayurvedic texts suggest that it is good for digestion, whets the appetite, helps combat allergies and also helps purify the blood.
- Fennel is extremely good for digestion. It acts as a general toner for the digestive system, and is particularly good for enhancing Agni, the digestive fire, without aggravating Pitta.
- Dried ground ginger is a warming spice, contributing the pungent taste. It is useful in aiding digestion, enhancing appetite and pacifying stomach disorders.
- Turmeric is ubiquitous in Ayurvedic cooking. It contains the flavanoid curcumin, which is known to have anti-inflammatory properties. This all-around wonder spice is said to help detoxify the liver, balance cholesterol levels, fight allergies, stimulate digestion, boost immunity and enhance the complexion.
- Cinnamon is used to balance the digestion and to pacify stomach disorders.
Spices are not just great flavor-enhancers; they come with important Ayurvedic therapeutic properties as well. A Pitta Churna cooling Spice Mix is a precise blend of spices and seasonings that include all six Ayurvedic tastes. Sauté the Cooling Spice Mix in Ghee and add to your dishes, add some to soups, stews and sauces as they’re cooking or sprinkle over prepared vegetables or rice at the table. Convenient, and mouth-wateringly delicious!
The exotic colors and heady aromas of spices can elevate an ordinary dish into a sublime feast for the sense of sight, smell and taste. What’s more, most spices also come with therapeutic properties, so every meal that includes spices can become an experience in enhancing health and well-being. Ayurveda, the ancient system of healing, has been singing the praises of spices as “wonder-foods” for thousands of years. Spices are ingredients in many synergistic Ayurvedic herbal formulations, and as Dr Chaudhery said on the Dr Oz program. Ayurvedic experts, usually recommend specific spices to include in your diet as well as recommend herbal supplements for you to take. Ask your physician which spice mixtures are best for your health needs. Many of these traditional spices are the subject of scientific studies and have remarkable health-supporting properties.