Eight Spices you must have in Monsoon. Some of the spices are better and must-have during the monsoon season.

Highlights :

  • Monsoon is a season of impaired immunity and slow digestion
  • Certain spices in our food help to protect us from Flu and Infections.
  • Here are 8 (Eight) Spices that must be included in your diet during the rainy season.

Spices are quintessential part of every kitchen in the world, but we probably have the most extensive variety of spices in Indian Kitchens.  Spices add flavor and taste to our meals.  These spices are also loaded with compounds that help to keep us healthy.  Ayurveda has taught us this, and today the medical brotherhood is aware of the health benefits of spices.

They have undergone extensive experiments and have proved their worth and provided us with a scientific explanation of what our traditional eating patterns have taught.  In fact , today we’re looking at spices as functional foods.

Today , I’m going to explain why some spices are better and more must-have in the monsoon season.

Ayurveda Divides the year into six seasons: Shishira, Vastanta, Grishma Varsha, Sharad and Hemant.  This is based on solar movements in summer and winter solstice positions.

Varsha,  the rainy season is characterized by an aggravation of the Vata Dosha and an accumulation of the Pita Dosha.  It is also a season of impaired immunity and slow digestion.

While it is good to eat light food during the rainy season, Spices must be added to our food to protect us from infections such as diarrhea, colds, flu and dengue diseases caused by rain.

  • Hing ( Asafoetida)  :  It helps to improve digestion and keeps flatulence at bay and It’s also good for colic pain,in fact, rubbing Hing dissolved in water on small baby bloated tummies is a common home remedy.  Bioactive compounds present in this gum resin show strong antioxidant, antiviral and anti-fungal activity.  It was used against the Spanish Flu in 1918, and has also been shown to be effective against H1N1.  Therefore, using this spice in this season can protect you from not only regular rainy seasonal illnesses, but also from the pandemic around us.
  • Ginger : Ginger is a must have spice in a monsoon. It pacifies the Vata Dosha, which is aggravated by the monsoon-also keeps the digestion in top form. Digestion is the first system to be affected by the monsoon season, as food infections are very common during the rainy season: therefore, keeping the digestive system healthy becomes important . Ginger is also known to be a great cure for sore throat, cold and cough.  Its antiviral and antibacterial actions are well documented, especially in the case of Influenza.  It is also a natural expectorant – it loosens the mucus in the lungs and soothes the tissue.
  • Ajwain: Ajwain is a known stimulator for digestion. Essential oils, bioactive compounds and minerals present in ajwain help to relieve nausea and stomach aches; both are common in the insalubrious/weak digestive system. Taking Ajwain water will help keep your digestion in the top gear.
  • Saunf: Saunf is a very aromatic spice and is traditionally chewed as a mouth freshener after a meal; but the science behind the use of this humble spice is, in fact that it contains active compounds that help digestion, revive flatulence and prevent indigestion.  Saunf can be eaten as an infusion , after a meal or even added to a meal.
  • Cumin:  Cumin or Jeera promotes digestion by accelerating the release of digestive anzymes and release of bile from the liver.  Cumin is also a good source of phytochemical compounds that are potent antioxidants.  These two properties together make it a must-have throughout the year, especially in monsoons where we are more susceptible to infection, and the digestion system is more vulnerable
  • Cinnamon: Cinnamon the polyphenols that are present in cinnamon make it one of the most import spices.  Apart from the presence of antioxidants, cinnamon has compounds that show anti-inflammatory action- helps repair the tissues of the body and at the same time strengthens it in the fight against infection. Another compound , Cinnamaldehyde in cinnamon , helps with respiratory infections.
  • Garlic: Garlic is a well-known booster of immunity. Garlic contains allicin-the active agent of allicin.  Upon ingestion, allicin compounds have been shown to enhance the immune response of white blood cells to influenza viruses.  Garlic should be chopped or crushed for the benefit. Adding garlic to your daily meals is an easy way to increase your immunity.
  • Turmeric: Turmeric Antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and immunosuppressive properties of turmeric make it a must-have spice in your kitchen.  And the star behind the popularity of this spice is curcumin-a bioactive turmeric compound. It is now well established, according to various medical studies, that turmeric improves immunity and protects the body from infections. In addition, Ayurveda also recommends that turmeric balance Vat and Pita Doshas, which are most affected during the monsoon period.

This is not an exhaustive list; there are many more herbs and spices that protect our body and enhance our health.  Add the spices to your meals ,drink them as infusions, make a kada with two or more combinations-the idea is to take these wonderful little gifts of nature and keep this monsoon healthy for you and your family.


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