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Health Benefits of Black Pepper

Piperine, the pungent principle in pepper oleoresin helps to enhance bio-availability and therefore used in pharmaceuticals. They have been used as carminative, reducing stomach and intestinal gas and have been found to stimulate the activities of the heart and kidneys. The major functional properties of pepper are analgesic, anti-pyretic, anti-oxidant and anti-microbial.

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Health Benefits of Fenugreek (Methi)

The seeds are used in colic flatulence, dysentery, diarrhoea, dyspepsia, chronic cough and enlargement of liver and spleen, rickets, gout and diabetes. It is also used as a carminative, tonic, and aphrodisiac. Fenugreek oil is used in the manufacture of hair tonics.

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Health Benefits of Curry Leaves

Curry leaves are very useful when added for a pleasant aroma to our dishes, they can also provide many significant health benefits. A lot of the health benefits provided by curry leaves are actually more strongly experienced when the leaves are used outside of cooking. By combining them with things like milk or tea, you can experience far more potent effects.

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Health Benefits of Cloves

The use of clove in whole or ground form is mainly for culinary purposes and as a flavouring agent in food industry. It is highly valued in medicine as carminative, aromatic and stimulant. The antiseptic and antibiotic properties of clove oil are used in medicine especially in dentistry, oral and pharyngeal treatments. It offers many health benefits.

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Health Benefits of Cinnamon

The “True Cinnamon” Cinnamon is the dried inner stem bark of Cinnamomum Verum. Cinnamon plants are grown as bushes. It is found to help diabetics in digestion of sugar. It has astringent; stimulant and carminative properties and can check nausea and vomiting. The cinnamon bark oil has anti-fungal properties and cinnamon leaf oil is widely used in perfumery and cosmetics

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Health Benefits of Chillies

Chilli is the dried ripe fruit of the genus Capsicum. Capsicum annum is an annual sub –shrub, the flowers of which are borne singly and fruits usually pendent, which provide red peppers, cayenne, paprika and chillies and sweet pepper (bell pepper) a mild form with large inflated fruits. It was first introduced in India by Portuguese towards the end of 15th Century. Now it is grown all over the world except in colder parts.