Ginger and Turmeric Recipes

Ginger Chicken with Sweet and Tangy Honey Sauce

Ginger is a well-known spice with potent medicinal properties. A little ginger in your lunch can help you focus on a task. It may also help you feel fuller for longer, lowering your overall calorie intake.

 

 

Ingredients

Chicken Breast boneless 400 grams cut in bite-size.

Soya sauce or light sauce 2tbs.

Black pepper powder 1 tsp.

Ginger paste 1/2 tbs.

Sesame oil 1 tbs.

Corn Flour 3 tbs.

Corn Flour 1 cup (For second time coating)

Oil 1 cup for deep frying

 

Sauce Ingredients

Ginger 1 tbs. (Julian cut)

Garlic 5 cloves (chopped)

Oil 2 tbs.

Water ¼ cup

Ketchup ¼ cup

Honey 2 tbs.

  • Fry ginger over medium-high heat, add chopped garlic, and sauté them.
  • Now add 1/4 cup of water along with ¼ cup of ketchup and 2tbs of honey.
  • Continue to stir until the sauce thickened.

                                               

Instruction

  • Take a big bowl and add chicken, soya sauce, black pepper powder, ginger paste, sesame oil, and cornflour.
  • Mix well all the ingredients in the bowl and refrigerate it for 1 -2 hours to marinate.
  • Coat the marinated chicken again with cornflour one by one and keep them aside on a plate.
  • After coating, rest the chicken for at least 15-20 minutes.
  • Take a cooking pan and pour 1 cup oil for deep frying.
  • To check for the temperature of the oil, put a little chunk of chicken in the oil; you will see a bubble if it is hot enough.
  • Fry over medium heat.
  • To make the extra chicken crispy, we will double fry them.
  • Fry until golden brown for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add all the fried chicken to the sauce and mix them well.
  • Garnish with sesame seeds and green onion.

Ginger honey Juice

Ingredients

  • 4 cups of water
  • 4oz of ginger
  • One lemon
  • Honey or another natural sweetener {optional}

Instructions

  • Take 4oz of ginger, wash, and peel off the skin. 
  • Chop the fresh ginger into tiny pieces.
  • Please put it in the blender, add a little water and blend it into a puree.
  • In a small saucepan, bring the 4 cups of water to a boil
  • Cut the lemon into two pieces and squeeze out the juice in a cup
  • Add the boiled water into the pureed ginger and stir it 
  • Strain the ginger juice into a jug 
  • Add the lemon juice and honey into the jug of the ginger juice
  • Enjoy your ginger honey juice all-day

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Turmeric Latte

Turmeric milk helps build immunity. It is an excellent tonic to improve your general immunity against a host of diseases. In addition, turmeric increases the flow of bile, which helps in fat digestion.

You can call it golden milk or turmeric latte that our grandmothers have been serving us for centuries. It is so comforting, soothing, and tastes fantastic!

 

                                           

Ingredients

Full-Fat milk 500ml

Brown Sugar 2tbs.

Turmeric powder ½ tsp.

Cinnamon powder ¼ tsp.

Vanilla extracts 1-2 drops

For garnishing

Chopped almonds and pistachio.

Instructions

  • Pour the milk into a cooking pot and begin to heat this on medium-low heat. You can use any milk instead of full-fat milk. It’s all up to you the way you and your family prefer.
  • Keep stirring this milk intermittently that it doesn’t stick to the bottom as well as the sides.
  • Now add the essential ingredient of the recipe, turmeric, which is famous for its antiseptic qualities.
  • Then add 2tbs. of brown sugar, stir it well.
  • Add ¼ tsp of cinnamon powder.
  • And finally, to bring in all the flavors together, add a few drops of vanilla extract and give this a nice mix and ensure that it gets one good roll boil before serving.
  • Garnish it with chopped almonds and pistachio.
  • Healthy milk is ready to serve.

 

Turmeric | THE GOLDEN SPICE, Benefits Uses, Recipes , and Side Effects

Turmeric is a perineal herbaceous plant that belongs to the ginger family. It has tuberous rhizomes or underground stems used as a textile dye, condiment, and aromatic stimulant. 

Turmeric has a pepper-like aroma, a bitterly warm taste, and a yellowish-orange color which a pigment called curcumin provides. It has anti-inflammatory properties and is widely used in medicines for different healing purposes. 

Table of contents

An Overview of Turmeric

History

Cultivation

Harvesting

Processing  & Preserving

Types of Turmeric

Curcumin – Turmeric Root Extract

  • Process of Extraction

Uses of Turmeric

  • In Natural Medicine
  • In Food
  • As a Dye
  • In Rituals and Occasions
  • As a Sacred Decoration

10 Benefits of Turmeric

Side Effects & Warnings

Side Effects In Women

Who Should Not Eat Turmeric?

Conclusion

An Overview of Turmeric

With this brief intro to the Golden Spice, let us have a detailed overview of this natural plant. 

History

The history of Turmeric is said to be as old as 4000 years. It was found to be used first in India. The Indian people used it as a culinary spice and had built some spiritual bonding with it. From India, Turmeric reached China in 700 AD and Africa in 1200 AD. In 1280, however, Marco Polo introduced Turmeric as a vegetable having similar properties to saffron. Finally, in the 18th century, Turmeric reached the third-largest island of the Caribbean Sea, Jamaica. 

The Ayurvedic and Unani systems and the Sanskrit medical papers suggest that Turmeric has been used widely in medicines for many years in South Asia. For example, in Susruta’s Ayurvedic Compendium, a medicine mixed with Turmeric can deactivate the effect of poisonous food. 

Different cultures and languages give other names to Turmeric. The most common term used for Turmeric all over the world is ‘Yellow root.’ In north India, Turmeric is called Haldi, influenced by the Sanskrit word haridra, and in south India, it is called ‘manjal.’  

The phrase ‘turmeric’ is derived from the Latin word ‘terra merita,’ which refers to the yellowish color of ground turmeric. In French, it is called ‘terre merite.’ I the Sanskrit language only, there are 53 different names for Turmeric, showing the religious attachment of their people and culture with Turmeric. 

Cultivation

Turmeric bulb on the floor and turmeric powder in a bowel

When we talk about turmeric cultivation, it is said that India produces the most Turmeric in the world. Turmeric is native to India and Indonesia both. It is cultivated in the tropical or hilly areas, the mainland of India, and the island of the Indian Ocean. India produces more than 95% of the world’s Turmeric and consumes 80% of it. 

There are some specific requirements of climate and soil for the cultivation of Turmeric. 

  • The herb needs a hilly or tropical area from sea level to 1500m for

Ideal growth. 

  • The suitable temperature for the cultivation and growth of herbs is 20 to 300 C. 
  • The annual rainfall of the cultivation area must be 1500 to 2250mm. 
  • Turmeric grows well in sandy, damp, well-drained clayey loam-rich soil.

Light black, red soils, ashy loam, and clay loams all are great for turmeric growth.

Harvesting

Turmeric plants take 8 to 9 months to grow and harvest when the leaves dry and turn brown. The plant is tipped out from the soil, and the soil on rhizomes is cleaned. The stems are cut off an inch above the rhizomes, and the rhizomes are washed thoroughly. 

Processing & Preserving

After harvesting, processing takes place. Before preservation, the rhizomes of Turmeric need to be processed. For processing, rhizomes at put in water and boiled for about 40 to 60 minutes. Then, rub the rhizomes with soft hands and get the cooked herb rhizomes dried in sunlight. It will take about 15 days to dry the turmeric rhizomes completely. Finally, you can make turmeric powder by grinding the rhizomes in a grinding machine or a coffee grinder. 

You can preserve the turmeric powder for six months in a refrigerator. However, you should keep them in a freezer if you plan to use them longer than six months. In some parts of the world, the herb is sold in rhizome form and stored easily in the fridge for six months. 

Types of Turmeric

We can classify Turmeric into five types. However, these types of Turmeric are similar to each other in one way or the other. 

Kasturi Manjal: The first type of Turmeric is Kasturi Manjal, also known as Curcuma aromatic, because it is famous for its intense aroma. People use Kasturi Manjal as a beautification cosmetic. For example, a paste of Kasturi Manjal is spread all over a bride’s body to make her look beautiful, especially in India and Pakistan. This herb type is similar to cooking Turmeric but not used in food due to its bitter taste. The powder of Kasturi Manjal is readily available from herbal vendors in India and Pakistan. 

  1. Curcumin Longa

The second type of Turmeric is Curcumin longa, the most common turmeric powder mixed with curry powder and used in cooking. It is also called Curry Manjal. The powder is obtained by boiling the rhizomes or stems and then grinding them after drying. 

  1. Kuda

Kuda is the third type of Turmeric produced and used mainly in India. This type of herb has a round and elongated umbrella-shaped miniature structure. The word Kuda means umbrella. Kuda is similar to Manjl in color, and it is used for rituals and similar occasions only. People think that it has divine power and thus worship it. It is not used for cooking purposes

  1. Kari Manjal

Kari Manjal is the fourth type of Turmeric, and it is also Black Turmeric as it has black roots. This type of herb is scarce, and people used it in making Ayurvedic medicines. 

  1. Mara Manjal

The fifth type of Turmeric is Mara Manjal. It is the Tree Manjal which is a kind of vine. It is also scarce and is used in making some particular medicines. But, unfortunately, this type of herb is vanishing gradually. 

Curcumin – Turmeric Root Extract

Turmeric contains the chemical curcumin known as Turmeric Root Extract, which gives flavor to the dishes and color to the clothes. Curcumin is an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant substance used to cure different health problems. However, the percentage of curcumin in a piece of Turmeric is only 3%. For this reason, curcumin is extracted in large amounts to be used in medicines and curing diseases. 

 Process of Extraction

Curcumin is extracted from the root of Curcumin longa, used for cooking purposes. First, the turmeric root is ground to make a smooth powder. The powder is then dissolved in suitable solvents that do not dissolve the curcumin substance. 

After filtration of those solutions, we obtain curcumin in the filter paper, and the finished product is ready for medicines. 

Uses of Turmeric

Over the world, Persons use Turmeric for its numerous usage. Here we will discuss the most common usage of Turmeric. 

Turmeric as a Natural Medicine

Turmeric is a natural plant, and it is used as a natural medicine in many parts of the world, especially in some countries of Asia. Kasturi Manjal and Kari Manjal are the most common types of herbs used as medicine. Kasturi Manjal is famous for its beautiful odor and beautifying effects, commonly used in homes for beauty tips. In addition, individuals use Kari Mnjal to make Ayurvedic medicines. 

Below are some common uses of Kasturi Mnajal. 

  1. The women and girls of Asian countries like India and Pakistan make a paste of Kasturi Manjal by mixing it with milk or yogurt and applying it on their skin to get beautiful, glowing, and smooth skin. It is a unique beauty tip for brides. 
  2. For body massage, the massager mix Kasturi Manjal with mustard oil for a better effect. 
  3. Newborn babies are given a bath with Kasturi Manjal in India. 
  4. Girls use a paste of Kasturi Manjal to get rid of unwanted hair growth on different body parts. 
  5. People who have acne and scars on their faces use Kasturi Manjal paste to fight back acne and spots on their faces. Some girls even use Basil paste with Turmeric for quick relief. 
  6. In Ayurvedic treatment, Mung bean powder is mixed with turmeric powder, and this soap-like material is used to heal many skin diseases.                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Turmeric as a Food

Turmeric is also used widely for cooking and making different dishes. Curcumin longa or Curry Manjal is the type of Turmeric used in cooking. It gives color, taste, and a healthy touch to a dish. Below are some food items that include This healing herb as the main ingredient. 

  • In Cooking

In making dishes of chicken, rice, vegetables, pulses, Turmeric is the main ingredient. It enhances the cooked food in color and taste.

  • In Drinks
  1. Many doctors suggest using this golden milk to heal internal infections and injuries and boost immunity. Turmeric milk is prepared by boiling milk with Turmeric. Turmeric milk mixed with cinnamon is also used in winters for a soothing warm effect. This golden milk regulates inflammatory signals and works as an antioxidant.
  2. Turmeric Tea is another great drink with the bursting health benefits of Curcumin. The tea recipe is straightforward. Add water, turmeric powder, fresh lemon juice, honey to taste, and a pinch of black pepper in a cooking pan and let it boil. As the water starts boiling, turn the flame low and let it simmer for 10 minutes. After that, pour the tea into your mug and enjoy it. 

In herbal jam

A special sweet herbal jam is prepared by using turmeric powder. A balanced mixture of turmeric root, ginger root, and tamarind is prepared and preserved in jaggery sugar cane and pickled black peppercorns. This sweet herbal jam is used with rice, chicken, fish, or mixed with mayonnaise to make a sandwich.

In Pickles

Turmeric is also used in a fine pickle called Turmeric Ginger Salt Pickle. In this pickle, Turmeric roots and ginger roots are mixed with salt without using water or vinegar. This delicious yet straightforward pickle adds more flavor to your smoked meat, rice, rice and beans, and any other dish you want to have it with. 

  1. Turmeric as a Dye

Yellow color holds a special significance for Hindus and Buddhists. The yellow color is sacred, and it presents the most purified existence of divine spirits for them. That is why the Hindus and Buddhists use Turmeric as dying their clothes, and saintly men and women wear those clothes. On their religious occasions, they start their day by giving a yellow-dyed cloth to the priest. In addition, the newborn baby wears a yellow-dyed cloth on its first visit to the temple. 

Turmeric used in Rituals and Occasions

As said earlier, the herb has a special significance for Hindus and Buddhists. In their temples, they wash their idols with the herb as it is a symbol of purity. The priests wear turmeric-dyed clothes to perform the rituals. Turmeric is also used in weddings to purify the minds and bodies of the couple getting married. 

Turmeric as a Sacred Decoration

Apart from using Turmeric in dying and performing rituals, Hindus and Buddhists also use a particular turmeric type, Kuda. It is an umbrella-shaped round and elongated kind of Turmeric, and it is kept in homes as a sacred decorative material. They also make a design on the earth called Kolam. This design is made from rice and turmeric powder, and it is used to welcome the guests and ward off evil spirits. 

10 Benefits of Turmeric

Turmeric is a world-famous spice because of having numerous benefits. However, if you are concerned about what Turmeric does for the body, the below 10 benefits will clarify. These are the health benefits directly related to the body. 

Natural Bioactive & Anti-Inflammatory Compound

Inflammation in the body is essential as it helps fight back the invaders like bacteria and repair the inside damages. However, this inflammation can be dangerous when it becomes chronic and starts attacking body cells. In this case, curcumin plays a vital role. As an anti-inflammatory and bioactive substance, curcumin blocks a molecule NF-kb that gets into the nuclei and turns on the inflammation-related genes. 

Increases the Antioxidant Capacity

The free radicals in the body can cause oxidative damage as these are highly reactive molecules with unpaired electrons. This oxidative damage includes aging, heart attack, and other diseases. 

Turmeric is an antioxidant, and it has a robust structure that can neutralize free radicals and reduce their damaging effects. It also gives a boost to the body’s activity of making its antioxidant enzymes. 

Provides Skin Health Protection

Turmeric properties being anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and anti-microbial, making it potentially practical for skin health. The medical herb can cure acne, scars, eczema, and similar skin problems. A special soap is prepared with a mixture of Turmeric and green mung beans to treat several skin problems. Turmeric is also used for beautiful, smooth, and glowing skin. 

Prevents Heart Diseases

The dysfunction of the endothelium mainly causes heart diseases. When inflammation and oxidation increase and high blood pressure and blood clotting occur, endothelium stops functioning well. 

Curcumin in the turmeric powder reduces inflammation and oxidation, regulates blood pressure, and improves the endothelium’s functioning. When endothelium performs well, the heart gets stables and starts functioning normally. 

Helpful in preventing Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s is one of those diseases that have no cured. That is why its prevention is given more value than its cure. Alzheimer’s disease takes place when the protein tangles buildup and forms amyloid plaques. Different researches and studies suggest that curcumin can prevent amyloid plaques’ buildup leading to Alzheimer’s disease. 

Makes Arthritis Treatable

Arthritis is a joint disease most common in western countries. This disease spreads due to inflammation in the joints. As an anti-inflammatory substance, curcumin can treat Arthritis. Different researches showed that curcumin could treat Arthritis more effectively than anti-inflammatory drugs. 

Gives a Boost to Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor

Neurons make connections and multiply in different areas of the brain. This process is driven by Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF), which is a hormone. When this hormone level decreases, it causes several brain disorders like Alzheimer’s disease and depression. 

Turmeric containing curcumin can increase the level of BDNF in the brain and has the power to reverse many brain disorders. As a result, Curcumin can make your brain smarter and improve memory. 

Prevents & treat Cancer

Turmeric is so unique that it can also contribute to preventing and treat deadly Cancer. Many research pieces have proved that curcumin can kill cancerous cells and reduce angiogenesis and metastasis that spread Cancer by growing new blood vessels in cancerous cells or tumors. Thus, many studies show that it is a valuable herb to treat and prevent Cancer. 

Contributes to treat Diabetes

Diabetes is an inflammatory condition of the body that Turmeric can treat with its inflammatory properties. Curcumin can help treat type 2 diabetes patients by giving them a certain dosage amount for about 16 to 20 weeks. In addition, it will help lower high blood sugar, improve insulin resistance, and reduce high cholesterol in the blood. 

Gives a Boost to Immunity

Turmeric is considered one of the most powerful means to boost immunity. However, golden milk and tea are the most effective drinks to boost immunity and help your body fight back seasonal viruses and bacterias. 

Turmeric Side Effects & Warnings

Turmeric and curcumin are beneficial and friendly to the body. However, there are some problems and dangers with it. 

According to the clinical studies, the herb’s most common side effects are gastrointestinal, resulting in constipation, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach ache, distension, dyspepsia, gastroesophageal reflux, and yellow stool. 

Turmeric Side Effects In Women

There is no considerable side effect of Turmeric, especially for women. However, pregnant and breastfeeding women should use the herb carefully. 

Who Should Not Eat Turmeric the golden spice?

As far as Turmeric’s suitability is concerned, it may not be suitable for people having obstruction of the bile duct, liver disease, gallstones, cholangitis, and any other biliary disease. This is because curcumin increases bile secretion that can be problematic for such patients. 

 Recipe for THE GOLDEN MILK

  • One cup of milk {milk of your choice}
  • One teaspoon of ground turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon of ground ginger
  • Dash of ground black pepper
  • Two teaspoons of raw honey
  • Add milk in a small saucepan
  • Allow it to a boil and then lower the heat
  • Add turmeric, cinnamon, ginger, and black pepper.
  • Cook for about 10 minutes
  • Remove from heat
  • Add the raw honey
  • pour the tea into your mug, and enjoy it. 

Final Comments

Turmeric is a natural substance with several outstanding and unmatched properties. It is a very cheap product that is readily available but has life-changing effects. One must be aware of its quality and should not be deprived of enjoying its benefits. 

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NOTE: Please, seek advice from your health practitioner before adding these herbs and spices to your diet because some herbs and spices might contraindicate with prescription medication.

10 Best Herbs and Spices that Boost the Immune System Naturally

Herbs and spices that boost the immune system

We should all be looking at some alternate natural ways to boost our immune systems, particularly at this time. Many natural products are quite functional in this regard. One category is herbs and spices. Some herbs and spices add flavor to our food and assist when we are not feeling well. Spices and herbs have been used for quite a long time as solutions for some brief illnesses and help in recovery. You can mix them in smoothies, soups, and baked items to keep your mind and body strong, healthy, and fresh. This list contains some beneficial herbs and spices to boost up your immune system.

1. Cinnamon

Sticks/powder cinnamon

Cinnamon’s brightness and spiced smell make it an invite expansion to several dishes, from sweet to appetizing. Cinnamon has many anti-inflammatory uses, absorbs numerous antioxidants, has a complete package of valuable vitamins, and protects the body from free radicals. But, unfortunately, it can also deal with significant heart diseases, neurodegenerative diseases, and many bacterial infections.

How to Use Cinnamon to Boost your immune:

A daily intake of a quarter teaspoon of Cinnamon combined with one tablespoon of honey can help you fight many bacterial and viral infections.

Precautions:

Cinnamon does not have any adverse effects; when used with other medications for curing, some illnesses can cause problems. So, always ask your doctor before adding it to your diet.

2. Ginger:

Whole and sliced ginger root

Ginger, the most ancient herb, was first used in Southeast Asian countries. However, its unique health benefits have been used in traditional medicines for a long time. Ginger contains many vitamin B numbers that help treat flu, nausea, muscular pain, maintain blood sugar levels, treat chronic indigestion, and promote blood circulation.

How to Use:

There are a lot of uses for this precious supplement. One of the best is the immune-boosting Ginger Turmeric tea.

  • Add a cup of water into a teapot and place it on heat.
  • Add fresh slices of ginger into it.
  • After a minute or two, add some turmeric.
  • Don’t forget to add black pepper, which makes it more beneficial.

Precautions:

Try not to use more than 4 grams of ginger on whatever day in any form. Individuals with heart conditions, diabetes, and gallstones should mainly communicate with their physician before taking ginger as a boost.

3. Turmeric:

Turmeric root whole and slice on the floor and turmeric powder in a bowel

The next awesome source of Boosting your immune system is turmeric, commonly called Curcumin. Turmeric is an all-in-one package for enhancing the strength of your immune system. It is an antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant ingredient that heals wounds, repels insects, releases mucous, eases inflammation, and fights against many infections. 

How to Use Turmeric to Boost your Immune System:

Turmeric can be a part of many recipes, but the best way to consume turmeric can be warm spiced turmeric milk.

(For one cup only)

  • Take one cup of low-fat milk and heat it.
  • Add ¾ tsp. of honey, ½ tsp, ground turmeric, ¼ tsp, ground cardamom, and ¼ tsp, and ground ginger to it.
  • Additionally, you can add one dash of vanilla extract, one dash of black pepper, one pinch of ground cloves to it.
  • This excellent remedy can help you a lot to make your bones strong and heal wounds.

Precautions:

A higher dose of turmeric can cause severe gastrointestinal diseases like constipation, diarrhea, distension, yellow stool, stomachache, and many others. Therefore, a normal daily dose should be equal to 500 mg twice a day.

4. Garlic:

Fresh raw garlic bulb

Garlic is the most active ingredient in the kitchen, or we can say that this spicy bulb acts as a staple in most kitchens. It is enriched with many anti-viral and antibacterial substances that mainly reduce the extremity of flu and cold and increase the number of cells that fight against diseases. 

How to Use:

As garlic is readily available in almost every kitchen, its consumption is quite much easy. You can consume many dishes, or taking a bite of fresh garlic daily on an empty stomach is more than perfect for enhancing your immune system. 

Precautions:

Taking too much garlic per day can cause many gastrointestinal diseases like bloating, diarrhea, bad breath, and body odor. So do not consume it in a higher quantity.

5. Black Pepper:

Whole black pepper in bowel and spatula and grounded black pepper on the board

A robust immune system can also be sustained by the intake of Black Pepper, a precise spice in your kitchen cabinets. Black Pepper is characterized by solid anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidative substances that boost white blood cells to fight against bacterial, viral, and fungal infections. In addition, it may maintain cholesterol levels, blood sugar and improves brain and gut health.

How to Use:

Black pepper has, for some time, been a piece of the eating routine—a reasonably fundamental one at that. The flavor of black pepper is loaded with antibacterial and mitigating properties that help keep contaminations under control and relieve the distress caused by wounds and swellings. One of the best and easiest ways to consume this excellent ingredient is black pepper tea.

(For one cup only)

  • Take a cup of water, place it on the stove and boil it.
  • After turning the gas off, add half tsp, crushed black pepper, half tsp, lemon juice, and half tsp chopped ginger to it.
  • Please leave it in it for five minutes.
  • Strain the tea and consume it.

Precautions:

Black Pepper does not have any adverse side effects in general. However, it can cause burning of the mouth after tasting it. Please do not take it in higher amounts as studies have proved that it can cause lung diseases when taken in higher doses.

6. Coriander:

Fresh coriander

Coriander is the most precious and widely used herb due to its beautiful aroma and taste. The spice is also known as the Chinese parsley; mostly use to garnish soups, curries, and chutneys. It has many benefits regarding health and aids in lowering blood pressure and overcome the cellular damage caused by free radicals. These sweet-smelling leaves also help in managing anxiety.

How to use:

The all-in package of this priceless herb is delicious coriander juice, which can greatly impact your immune system.

(For one cup only)

  • Chop the coriander leaves.
  • Heat a cup of water in a teapot.
  • Add the chopped coriander leaves and heat them for 10 minutes.
  • After placing it away from the stove, let it cool.
  • Strain the juice and add lemon and salt to it.
  • Enjoy the best version of coriander.

Precautions:

Coriander is a green-leafy vegetable that does not have any adverse effects.

7. Cardamom:

Cardamom seed pod

Cardamom is another delightfully flavored ingredient to boost the immune system. Its blissful aroma and taste make it an essential component of Pakistani cuisine. Cardamom has many health benefits, including preventing respiratory infections, coughs, flu, sore throat, and asthma. The flavorful pod is also studied to enhance certain enzymes’ fighting actions to fight off against cancer. 

How to use:

The aromatic spice cardamom is the powerhouse of many antioxidants and minerals necessary to consume daily. The best and easiest way for its consumption is the Cardamom water.

(For One cup only)

  • Take a glass of water and heat it.
  • Take some cardamom pods and crush them.
  • Add the crushed cardamom into the water upon boiling.
  • After placing it away from the stove, let it cool.
  • Drink the water at night or in the morning on an empty stomach.

Precautions:

Cardamom intake is relatively unsafe during pregnancy and breastfeeding as it can cause miscarriage. It is also not safe for people with gallstones.

8. Elderberries:

Fresh elderberry fruit on the tree

People have used the Elderberry bush as an immune booster for thousands of years. This precious plant’s berries and flowers are rich in antioxidants and vitamins, which are huge supporters of a healthy immune system. As a result, they are pretty helpful in curing inflammation, dealing with stress, and protecting the heart. Additionally, they are also found to be an excellent source to prevent cold and flu

How to use:

Individuals have used the elderberries in a wide range. However, the best version is the consumption of the fruit itself. Its other forms are syrups, pills, gummies, and teas. 

Precautions:

We should consider not consuming this herb’s roots and stems as they contain cyanide and glycosides, which can rapidly cause nausea and vomiting.

9. Clove:

Clove seed

Clove is another spice that is characterized by excellent immunity-boosting properties. In addition, cloves are highly rich in certain vital nutrients and antioxidants that help fight cancer, kill bacteria, improve liver health, regulate blood sugar, promote bone health, and reduce stomach ulcers. 

How to use:

There are numerous ways to use cloves in your diet. You can make them useful in several dishes. For example, adding two cloves to your morning tea is an excellent way to consume cloves that will make you feel relaxed.

Precautions:

We should know that taking too many cloves can cause fluid imbalances and liver damage. So, one should consume 2-3 cloves daily.

10. Green tea:

Green tea leaves/powdered and a cup of green tea

Green tea is another exceptional natural immunity booster. It can remove acne, aids in weight loss, and makes you look younger. The most highlighted characteristics are its enrichment in antioxidants, polyphenols, and flavonoids. All these substances have an excellent and healthy impact on the immune system and help increase immune cells, suppress autoimmune disease, and protect against cold and flu.

How to use Green Tea to Boost the Immune System:

In addition to many other spices and herbs in it, Green tea is more than a perfect beverage for a healthy immune system. Adding ginger, turmeric and peppermint is an outstanding combination.

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NOTE: Please, seek advice from your health practitioner before adding these herbs and spices to your diet. Because some herbs and spices might contraindicate with prescription medication.

 

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