Cardamon is a seed pod which has been known for its medicinal properties since ancient times. In traditional medicine it has been used as a diuretic tonic, digestive aid and expectorant. It is believed to naturally break down gas bubbles and is a natural antioxidant.
Fennel seed provides many health benefits, including: relief from indigestion, flatulence (gas), constipation, colic and diarrhea. In India, it is a common practice to chew fennel seeds after meals to facilitate proper absorption of nutrients from food and to help reduce bad breath. Another health benefit is that fennel seed has anti-acidic properties. This is the reason it is used in many antacid preparations. The seed is also high in dietary fiber and is known for its antioxidant properties.
Coriander Seeds have long been linked with natural healing properties. In parts of Europe, it is traditionally referred to as an “anti-diabetic” plant. In India it has been used for its anti-inflammatory properties. It is rich in dietary fiber and is a natural antioxidant.
Ginger has been one of the most powerful medicines for thousands of years, in Asian, Indian and Arabic societies. In China, ginger has been used to aid digestion, upset stomachs and nausea, for more than 2,000 years. Ginger root is a great source of antioxidant compounds, including gingerol, which is not only an antioxidant, but also a great anti-inflammatory.
Cumin seeds have been used for centuries for their ability to aid in digestion and improve immunity. Thymol, a compound present in cumin, stimulates the glands that secrete the acids, bile, and enzymes responsible for the digestion of the food in the stomach and intestines. Cumin is also known to relieve gas troubles and thereby improve and speed up digestion. Cumin seed is so high in its antioxidant content that it is being researched to help fight cancer.
Papain is a powerful digestive enzyme and a natural antioxidant commonly found in and extracted from the papaya fruit. Papain can play a significant role in the breakdown of toxins and is a great digestive aid. For centuries papain has been used in its native South America as a digestive support for meat eating. The reason is because papaya-enzyme is able to break down larger proteins into smaller proteins. This not only helps the total digestive process, but also increases the nutrient absorption of protein-based foods.
Dill seed improves digestion and eases symptoms of colic. Most importantly, traditional herbalists recommend dill for the prevention of flatulence (gas) because the herb has anti-foaming action that has been suggested to help break up gas bubbles.
Besides being a natural mouth and breath freshener, peppermint leaf has been used for centuries to aid digestion and for the relief of various stomach ailments. It has been used to sooth indigestion, inflammation and help nausea. Peppermint leaf has antioxidant properties and is also a good source of dietary fiber.