Fennel

The seeds of fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) are an oft-used digestive aid. They protect the stomach lining from corrosive acids and scavenge harmful cell-damaging molecules. Fennel may be especially kind to postmenopausal women who have low estrogen since it has an estrogen mimic called anethole which can sit on GABA A receptors and exert a similarContinue reading “Fennel”

Eleuthero (Siberian Ginseng)

Eleuthero or siberian ginseng (Eleutherococcus senticosus) was once used by Soviet soldiers to boost energy, possibly because of the herb’s ability to prevent lactic acid build-up. It also helps counter the side effects of stress, like dampened immunity or damaged cells. It nudges your body to produce more immune agents like natural killer cells andContinue reading “Eleuthero (Siberian Ginseng)”

Eclipta (Bhringaraj)

The leaves and roots of Eclipta prostrata can do your liver a good turn by helping replace damaged liver cells and regenerating new liver cells. The herb can also regulate liver enzymes responsible for drug metabolism. It helps maintain blood glucose balance by slowing down formation of glucose from carbs and the conversion of glucoseContinue reading “Eclipta (Bhringaraj)”

Dwarf Morning Glory (Shankhpushpi)

Dwarf morning glory (chiefly Convolvulus pluricaulis) is a herb that helps relieve stress and anxiety. It reduces the stress hormones, cortisol and adrenaline, increases the production of signaling molecules called neuropeptides to improve communication in the brain, and fights free radicals generated due to stress. Early-stage research suggests that its flavonoids may also boost memory.Continue reading “Dwarf Morning Glory (Shankhpushpi)”

Darjeeling Tea

Tea lovers across the world swear by the flavor of the Darjeeling tea (Camellia sinensis). But flavor’s not the only thing that makes it hot property. Darjeeling tea can make you feel calm and relaxed but also focused and alert at the same time, thanks to its L-theanine content. It increases alpha waves in theContinue reading “Darjeeling Tea”

Cyperus (Musta)

Nutgrass or musta (Cyperus rotundus) is more than a stubborn weed. It supports digestion by helping protect the stomach lining from corrosive acids and enzymes and by fighting disease-causing E. coli bacteria. It also curbs inflammation by blocking certain chemicals that expand blood vessels, the travel route of the inflammatory molecules. It helps the liverContinue reading “Cyperus (Musta)”

Cumin

Cumin seeds (Cuminum cyminum) are the old faithful in the world of home remedies for indigestion. They increase the secretion of carbohydrate- and protein-digesting enzymes. Fats are not far behind, either, since the seeds also increase the secretion of fat-digesting bile acids. With a rich iron reserve, coriander can raise the hemoglobin levels in theContinue reading “Cumin”

Coriander Seeds

The dried fruits of the coriander (Coriandrum sativum) herb are a digestive aid. They stimulate the release of fat-digesting bile acids and other digestive enzymes. Thanks to acetylcholine, a chemical also found in the body, coriander seeds increase peristalsis in the digestive tract to hasten the passage of food and reduce bloating or gas. CorianderContinue reading “Coriander Seeds”

Cloves

Warm, sweet, and spicy, cloves (Syzgium aromaticum) are the dried flower bud of the clove tree. Of the many essential oils cloves contain, eugenol is the most important. It helps produce more mucus in the stomach to protect the stomach lining from corrosive acids. Cloves enhance immunity against threats circulating in the blood but alsoContinue reading “Cloves”