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Ayurvedic Culinary Spices

Cumin, organic, whole seeds, 1.85 oz.

Cuminum cyminum

Source: Egypt

Cumin is a versatile spice that aids assimilation of nutrients. It can be used with dairy products to impart flavor and aid digestibility. Besides its use in curry powder, it is common in Middle Eastern and Mexican cusines. Research suggests that it stimulates the secretion of pancreatic enzymes. It is a good source of iron and therefore supports the formation of hemoglobin. It has also been found to protect laboratory animals from developing stomach and liver tumors.

Contents: Organic Cumin Seed Whole in a Spice Jar.


Black Pepper, Medium Grind, Organic, 1.9 oz.

Piper nigrum

Source: Indonesia

This pepper is organic and ground. In Ayurveda, black pepper is regarded as tridoshic and it is very much revered as both a culinary spice and medicine. This spice is native to Kerala (South India) and what is called the peppercorn is actually the fruit of a tropical vine. As a spice, pepper is carminative, and it also promotes peristalsis so that movement through the gastrointestinal tract is stimulated. It also promotes assimilation of nutrients, including B vitamins. Peppers also contain antioxidants, flavonoids, and trace minerals, especially potassium and manganese.

Contents: Organic Black Pepper Medium Grind in a Spice Jar.


Fennel Seed, Organic, 2.09 o.z

Foeniculum vulgare

Source: Egypt

Fennel is a cooking spice that is used both in European cuisine, especially aperitifs and cheeses, as well as Asian cooking, being found in the five seed mix of panch pharon as well as many medicinal preparations. Fennel is both a digestive spice and nervine. It is often candied and taken after meals to aid digestion. It promotes healthy urination and menstruation and makes a relaxing addition to tea taken before bedtime. Used orally, the seed decoction or extract prevents dental caries and periodontal disease.

Contents: Organic Fennel Seed in a Spice Jar.


Cinnamon Sticks, organic, 1.25 oz.

Cinnamomum cassia

Source: Indonesia

Cinnamon sticks are delightful and can be added to oatmeal or other cooked breakfast cereals, pilafs, casseroles, spiced beverages, pickling, and baked goods such as apple pie. One can chew on the sticks to relieve toothaches. They can also be used as swizzle sticks. Many birds also enjoy gnawing on cinnamon sticks.

Contents: Organic Cinnamon Sticks in a Spice Jar


Coriander Seed, organic, 1.02 oz.

Coriandrum sativum

Source: Egypt

Coriander is used in many cuisines from around the world. It promotes digestion without aggravating the piita dosha. It is cooling and aids both the liver and kidneys. It is also one the favored herbs during menopause when hot flashes are a well known and unwelcome symptom of the change of life. It can be used whole or ground and is suitable for cooking, use in tea, and planting in the garden. There it will give rise to the famed cilantro leaf.

Contents: Organic Coriander Seed in a Spice Jar.


Kitchari Spice Powder, 4 oz.


The ancient practice of fasting on kitchari, or a "kitchari cleanse", utilizes the traditional mix of rice and mung beans to which a variety of spices and other vegetables may be added. This can be done for five days or considerably longer, but it is to constitute a mono diet though the recipe can be varied so that different kinds of rice and lentils are used, different vegetables, and different spices. The fast is cleansing and pH balancing.

Contents: turmeric powder, black mustard seed, cumin seed, ginger, fenugreek seed, asafoetida.