Add flavor and balance with Vata-pacifying spices
- 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.
- Cumin helps enhance digestion and is an effective toxin-hunter.
- Hing (asafetida) is considered good for the appetite and digestion. It is a warming spice and contributes the pungent taste.
Spices are not just great flavor-enhancers, they come with therapeutic properties as well. Churnas are precise blends of medicinal spices and seasonings that include all six Ayurvedic tastes. Sauté the Vata Churna 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 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. Maharishi Ayurveda, the ancient system of healing from India, 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.