In ayurveda spices play a major role in various kinds of therapeutic treatments internally as well as externally to the body.
Below are the some of the Indian spices which are used while preparing vegetarian, non – vegetarian dishes
Tamarind, Bay Leaf, Nutmeg, Ajowan, saffron, black pepper, cumin seeds, mint, mustard seeds, coriander powder, ginger, cinnamon, sesame seeds, curcuma longa (Dal chini), cloves, asafoetida, fenugreek.
All the above spices can be used as a digestive and increases the taste of the food. It reduces vata and kapha. It can be used as lepa as externally in certain diseases to relief from pain and obstruction.
Adding spices to our daily food cleans the body and defence against diseases.