Every Grandma’s Secret Herbs & Seeds




Plants, herbs & seeds have been used for medicinal purposes even before the prehistoric period. The ancient scholars were of a firm belief that herbs are the best solutions to cure a number of health-related problems. But today, as our lifestyle is getting techno-savvy, we are unknowingly moving away from nature; but we can never escape the nature though.


As herbs & seeds are natural products, they are free from side effects & are locally available. Herbs have been priced for their medicinal, flavouring and aromatic qualities for centuries now. Nutritionist Ankita Vaidya has penned down 6 out various traditional herbs & seeds with all their health benefits & also different ways to consume them.


1. Khus root



The Khus Root is also known as Vetiver and has conventionally been used to add flavour in water with a mild fragrance.


Benefits-

  • Its antibacterial & anti-fungal properties which help to reduce the dandruff that the hot summer might invite.

  • Helps in purifying blood & reduces inflammation.

  • It works as a natural diuretic & also prevents bloating.

  • It’s cell regenerative & exfoliating properties help to cleanse the pores & remove the dead skin cells. It also cures acne, leaving behind a smooth skin.

  • It reduces Pitta Dosha & also balances Pitta and Vatta Dosha.

  • UTI can be relieved with Khus root.

  • Khus roots also help in treating PCOD, Thyroid and Infertility.


Ways to incorporate Khus Root in your routine-

  • Soak the Khus roots in the water you drink. They can be soaked for 3 days, removed, dried & reused.

  • Use it as a sherbet in your hot afternoons.

  • While using it for skin, use the essential oil with a mix of your carrier oil like virgin coconut oil, mix it very well & apply it as a toner or even a moisturizer that will give a soothing effect to your skin.

To prepare a Yummilicious Khus Cocktail click here.


2. Saunf



The humblest ingredients of the kitchen are the secrets to the happy health of our ancestors. Saunf seeds is one such wonderful ingredient imbued with dense nutrients which demands an revelation. The aromatic spice needs no special introduction as it is one of the prominent spices used extensively for its indispensable medicinal and culinary values.

It is a common practice in India to chew a few Saunf seeds soon after a scrumptious meal, not only because it freshens the breath but the bursting amounts of nutrients in the fennel stimulate the digestion process, treat flatulence and indigestion issues. It is a coolant in the seed's form.


Benefits-

  • Dried fennel or Saunf is a storehouse of vital nutrients, low on calories & abundant in vitamin C.

  • Fennel seeds bolsters the immune system, stimulates the collagen production, and works as a potent antioxidant that scavenges the free radicals.

  • Rich in Manganese fennel seeds activates the enzymes, triggers metabolism, regulates blood sugar and strengthens the bones. Besides these, a notable amount of Iron, Calcium, Magnesium, Potassium and Selenium promotes skin health.

  • Saunf seeds hold powerful antioxidant, anti-inflammatory & antibacterial properties.

  • It pacifies all the 3 Doshas- Vatta, Pitta & Kapha.

  • Along with its cooling properties it is a potent detoxifier.

  • Helps in digestion and treat gastritis.

  • Its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties help treat menstrual problems, neurological disorders, cardiovascular disorders, and respiratory ailments.

  • Improves metabolism thus helping in weight loss.

Ways to eat fennel seeds-

  • Chew them directly after every meal.

  • Prepare fennel tea to curb the stomach inflammation or any digestive problem.

  • Add it in as many gravy preparations as you can.

To prepare a healthy and tasty Saunf Sherbet click here.


3. Sabja Seeds



Sabja seeds are also known as Falooda seeds, Basil seeds or Tukmaria seeds and are a powerhouse of nutrition and packed with immunity-boosting properties. They are saviours in summers. These seeds are a natural coolant that help in beating the scorching summer heat & known to lower your body heat, essentially soothing the stomach.

Did you know? 1 Tablespoon of Basil/Sabja seeds offers 15% of the Reference Daily Intake (RDI) for calcium & 10% of the RDI for Magnesium & Iron!


Benefits-

  • Excellent source of Omega3, Calcium and Magnesium.

  • Sabja seeds work as a natural detox and coolant for the body and regulate smooth bowel movements.

  • They are loaded with fibre and laxative properties thus helping in treating problems like Constipation, Diarrhoea, or Dysentery.

  • The antioxidants in Basil seeds help in reducing inflammation rate and reduces oxidative stress.

  • Dietary fibre present in Sabja seeds helps in controlling blood sugar levels.

  • Sabja seeds are said to have a calming effect on the mind, best in summer heat.

  • Excellent for skin and hair health.

  • Excellent source of polyphenol and flavonoids.

  • Increases immunity power.

Ways to consume Basil/Sabja seeds-

  • Soak a tablespoon of Sabja seeds overnight & add it in a glass of milk to drink in the morning.

  • Faloodas are the best dessert recipes that work in summers. Add as much Sabja seeds you like in it.

  • Simply add some seeds in a glass of water & drink it after some time.

To try these Sabja seeds to make a delicious Mango Falooda, click here.


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