Cardamom (Elettaria Cardamomum): from Western Ghats, South
low in fat, high in protein and vitamins (A, B, C)
Medicinal Virtues: oil, tinctures for windiness and strenghtening
Cassia (Cinnamomum cassia Blume): from evergreen tracts along
the high ranges of the Western Ghats
Recent studies published in the DiabetesCare journal prove that
the ingestion of a little quantity of Cassia daily can reduce the
glucose, trygliceride and colhesterol levels. But there is as yet no
knowledge about the possibility that the consumation of Cassia
could potentially be subject to toxic buildup.
Chilly (Capsicum annum): native of America, now plants are mostly
cultivated in South India
Medicinal Virtues: taken in moderation it is useful as a
decongestant and digestive
Loss of hair
Aches and pain
Cinnamom (Cinnamomum zeylanicum): native of Sri Lanka
Medical Virtues: Chinese used the bark as a medicine,
recommending it for fever, diarrhoea and menstrual problems.
The Romans knew that and Indians also before the 8th century.
The leaves can be used as powder or decoction, they are stimulant
and useful in relieving flatulence and increasing secretion and
discharge of urine.
Prevents nervous tension, improves complexion and memory.
Clove (Syzyigium aromaticum): native of Kerala and Tamil Nadu
Medical Virtues: the oil contained in it is stimulant, carminative,
antiseptic, antispasmodica and expectorant.
Aches and pains
Prevents Blood Clots
Curry Leaf (Murraya Koenigii): native of India and Sri Lanka
Medicinal Virtues: it is a herbal tonic, streghten the functions of
stomach and promote its action.
Premature Greying of Hair
Ginger (Ziniber officinale): native of India
Medicinal Virtues: it is called the great medicine because it has
been used and it is used to treat lots of diseases from nausea to
nervous diseas. It is a powerful anti-oxidant and ranks very high in
Digestive System Disorders
Aches and Pains
Kokam/Kokum/Mangosteen (Garcinia indica): native of Western
The fruits are cholagogue, cooling, demulcent, emollient and
antiseptic. The bark and young leaves are astringent. The oil is
emollient and soothing.
Nutmeg (Mynistica fragrans): indigenous to Molucca Island. Now
cultivated in Kerala.
Medicinal Virtues: the oil extracted is an antispasmodic
Beneficial effect on the eyes
Pepper (Piper Nigrum): native of Western Ghats.
Medicinal Virtues: it is a stimulant, pungent, aromatic, digestive
and nervine tonic.
Prolapse of the Rectum
Tamarind (Tamarindus Indica): native of Africa and South India.
Medicinal Virtues: leaves are stimulant, cooling and antibilious;
they icrease the secretion and discharge of urine. Bark is an
astringent and a tonic and it reduces fever. Pulp is digestive,
antiflatulent, cooling, laxative and antiseptic. Seeds are
Turmeric (Curcuma Longa): native of Southern Asia. It has been
grown in India from Ancient times.
Medicinal Virtues: it is prescribed from Ayurvedic as a stomach
strenghten and as a tonic and blood purifier.
Cold and Cough
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