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”

Chitrak

Chitrak (Plumbago zeylanica) is a digestive herb that balances the microbe colonies in your gut and protects the stomach lining by suppressing corrosive stomach acids. It helps your heart by halting the modification of free cholesterol into the harmful versions, LDL and VLDL. Chitrak can also keep your blood glucose levels normal by making cellsContinue reading “Chitrak”

Chebulic Myrobalan (Haritaki)

Chebulic myrobalan (Terminalia chebula) stores all its goodness in its drupe-like fruits. A strong digestive and laxative, it hurries food down the stomach, stalls it in the intestine to remove excess water, and then stimulates strong contractions. At the same time, it protects the stomach lining from corrosive stomach acids. It helps maintain blood glucoseContinue reading “Chebulic Myrobalan (Haritaki)”

Chamomile

Well known for its sedative effects, chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla) could help you fall asleep by making you less responsive to external stimuli. It has apigenin which behaves like GABA, a sleep-favoring chemical, and could make you feel calm and relaxed. Another chemical mimics a pleasure-inducing hormone called dopamine, toning down anxiety. That apart, chamomile helpsContinue reading “Chamomile”

Cardamom

Cardamom (Elettaria cardamomum) owes its healthfulness to the antioxidants in the volatile oils in its seeds, which boost immunity by fighting against reactive molecules called free radicals. An antispasmodic, cardamom can improve both digestion and respiration by controlling abnormal muscle contractions (which could cause cramps and wheezing, for instance). It also keeps inflammation in checkContinue reading “Cardamom”

Black Pepper

The dried ripe berries of Piper nigrum are what you know as black peppercorns. The biggest benefit black pepper gives you is that it makes nutrients from your food more available for utilization. It also improves digestion and increases nutrient absorption, by helping release more digestive enzymes and slowing down the passage of food throughContinue reading “Black Pepper”