Cumin is considered an effective remedy for indigestion. It is also taken to relieve gas, diarrhea, and cramps.
Garlic has been used as a medicine and a food since the time of the Egyptian Pharaohs. It fights hardening of the arteries through its proven ability to lower cholesterol. It also has proven antibiotic properties and a mild anti-clotting effect on the blood.
Evidence suggests that ginger can help relieve many conditions including: motion sickness, digestive complaints, arthritis, high cholesterol and dangerous blood clots.
Therapeutic properties include diuretic, anti-flatulence, anti-flu and antibacterial properties are contained in the essential oil of lemongrass.
Mint is considered by many to be a remedy for indigestion and gas.
Scientists suspect that onions help prevent cancer not only by putting the breaks on the development of dangerous tumors but also by stomping out harmful bacteria that may cause the start of stomach cancer.
Romaine Lettuce is one of the best vegetable sources of beta-carotene. A study at the University of Illinois shows that high levels of beta-carotene inhibited the growth of prostate-cancer cells by 50%.
Shallots, a miniature member of the allium family (onions) contain high levels of vitamin A. Just one tablespoon contains 600 IU of vitamin A. This essential nutrient helps keep immunity strong and protects against vision problems such as cataracts.
Sweet basil is used extensively in aromatherapy for ailments such as stress, migraine, colds and hay fever. It has anti-spasmodic, appetizing and carminative properties. As mentioned, it is quite effective for tension headaches, exhaustion and digestive upsets such as stomach cramps, constipation and diarrhea.
A spice very rich in antioxidants, including a compound called curcumin. In studies, curcumin has been shown to reduce the risk of colon cancer by 58%. Other research suggests it may help prevent skin cancer also. Turmeric has been used for indigestion, gas, bloating, stomach pain, cramps, diarrhea, and bladder inflammation.