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Essential Ayurvedic Herbs and Spices with Health Benefits

Renowned as spiritual essence in the ancient science of Ayurveda, various herbs and spices carry unique healing properties and cosmic powers. As ancient sources of energy and trusted aromatic ingredients for flavourful meals, herbs and spices aid in maintaining and sustaining overall wellbeing of mind, body and spirit.


There are many health benefits associated with Ayurvedic herbs and spices:

  • Helps in the detoxification of the body
  • Improves digestion
  • Helps in maintaining peace of mind
  • Helps to cure many fatal diseases
  • Boost immunity
  • Enhances the functional properties of organs

Ayurvedic herbs and spices can be used externally, internally, and even in aromatherapy to get the best results. Some of the commonly used Ayurvedic herbs and spices and their uses are as follows:



From its roots to berries, ashwagandha is used in every way to treat human diseases. It is also believed to help regulate cortisol levels in the human body. This herb is very important for those who are suffering from too much stress or who are overworked.



Brahmi is known as a memory-booster. It increases the power of intelligence and concentration and also ensures the proper functioning of the nervous system. Brahmi is used to treat neurological disorders.


Aloe vera

With 18 amino acids, aloe vera offers many health benefits ranging from improving the digestive system to preventing fatal diseases such as diabetes and the growth of cancer. It can also be used externally on skin and hair to improve their quality.



Turmeric is a must in every household because it has a high amount of healing power that includes powerful antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds. It is suggested to consume turmeric with milk to increase immunity.



A herb rich in vitamin C enhances digestion and also balances the acids present in your body. It helps strengthen your lungs and nourishes brain functions. Amla is also an excellent herb that a person can use for their hair and skin.



In the Indian subcontinent, neem leaves are widely used to treat many diseases. From the extracted oil of leaves to dried neem leaves, it comes to rescue for irritant skin, dandruff treatment, immune boosters, soothe the healing process, and so on. 



Titled as the ‘Queen of Herbs’, the holy basil is still widely used in the Indian households. The benefits of Tulsi plant are numerous, as it improves the respiratory system, takes care of fever, lung disorders, asthma, cardiovascular diseases, oral or dental care, and also relieves stress.



Cardamon enhances the taste of food and also acts as a natural tranquilizer. It balances Kapha and Vata doshas. It can also treat indigestion, asthma, dysuria, and bad breath. Cardamon can also avoid liver dysfunction.



Ajwain is known for its distinct taste and aroma. It is mainly used to keep the digestive system fine. Ajwain is a member of the Apiaceae family known to treat asthma, persistent cough, flatulence, and indigestion.



Cumin-dried seeds or ground powder are especially used in Indian, Mexican, African, and Asian cuisines. It has been used primarily as a spice, but also has the potential to cure various diseases worldwide.



Another spice that is prominently used in the Indian subcontinent to enhance flavor. Apart from its taste, it also acts as a natural remedy to reduce constipation, abdominal pain.


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