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Ayurvedic Culinary Spices

Black Salt

Black Salt, 8 oz.

Black Salt is actually purplish-pink. It is highly regarded in Ayurveda as a source of natural minerals. It often has a rather distinct odor, somewhat sulphuric.

Kala Namak is used in Indian cuisine and can be substituted for table salt.

Ingredients: black salt.

Vadik Herbs, $



Cinnamon Powder

Cinnamon Powder, organic, half pound

Cinnamon is,of course, a wonderfully aromatic and exciting spice, but it has potent medicinal value as well. In Ayurveda, it is used to kindle digestive fire and remove toxins from the gastrointestinal tract. It is an important ingredient in Chyawanprash, usually being added towards the end of preparation. It is used to promote deep assimilation of nutrients as well as to nourish the reproductive systems of both men and women. It is antibacterial and antiviral as well as antifungal.

Ingredients: certified organic Cinnamomum cassia bark powder.

Banyan Botanicals, $



Coriander Seeds, whole, half pound

Coriander is used in many cuisines from around the world. It promotes digestion without aggravating the piita dosha. It is cooling and aids both the liver and kidneys. It is also one the favored herbs during menopause when hot flashes are a well known and unwelcome symptom of the change of life. It can be used whole or ground and is suitable for cooking, use in tea, and planting in the garden. There it will give rise to the famed cilantro leaf.

Ingredients: certified organic Coriandrum sativum seeds.

Banyan Botanicals, $



Cumin Seeds, organic, half pound

Cumin seeds can be used whole or ground. They are a popular ingredient in the cuisine of many cultures and are one of the spices that aids digestion without aggravating the pitta dosha. Cumin can be used for flavor or to remove toxins in the digestive tract. They can also be chewed after eating to freshen the mouth and promote the complete digestion of foods. The seeds are mixed with saliva and the liquid part is swallowed while the seeds are normally spit out after the taste is gone.

Ingredients: whole organic Cuminum cyminum seeds.

Banyan Botanicals, $



Curry Powder

Curry Powder, organic, salt free, one pound

This is an organic curry powder, blended in the U.S. It can be used in recipes calling for curry or sprinkled on popcorn.

Ingredients: organic coriander, organic turmeric, organic cumin, sea salt, organic fenufreek, organic cayenne, organic ginger, organic cinnamon, organic cloves, and organic nutmeg.

Starwest Botanicals, $



Fennel Powder, organic, half pound

Fennel is also a cooking spice that is used both in European cuisine, especially aperitifs and cheeses, as well as Asian cooking, being found in the five seed mix of panch pharon as well as many medicinal preparations. Fennel is both a digestive spice and nervine. It is often candied and taken after meals to aid digestion. It promotes healthy urination and menstruation and makes a relaxing addition to tea taken before bedtime. Used orally, the seed decoction or extract prevents dental caries and periodontal disease.

Ingredients: certified organic Foeniculum vulgare powder.

Banyan Botanicals, $



Fennel Seed, organic whole, half pound

Fennel is used in many ways and is an important ingredient in many digestive tonics. It can be used in cooking, in tea, in mouthwashes, or planted.

Ingredients: certified organic Foeniculum vulgare seeds.

Banyan Botanicals, $



Ginger Root Powder, organic, half pound

Ginger is both a culinary spice and medicine. It is most famous as the herb of choice for motion sickness and most types of nausea, including morning sickness and reactions to chemotherapeutic drugs. It is pacifying to vata and removes excess kapha and is therefore an excellent tonic for the lungs. It is an appetite and circulatory stimulant and is used in most joint formulas because of its anti-inflammatory effects. It is an inhibitor of platelet aggregation and prostaglandins.

Ingredients: certified organic Zingiber officinale root powder.

Banyan Botanicals, $



Kitchari Spice Powder, 4 oz.

The ancient practice of fasting on kitchari, or a "kitchari cleanse", utilizes the traditional mix of rice and mung beans to which a variety of spices and other vegetables may be added. This can be done for five days or considerably longer, but it is to constitute a mono diet though the recipe can be varied so that different kinds of rice and lentils are used, different vegetables, and different spices. The fast is cleansing and pH balancing.

Ingredients: turmeric powder, black mustard seed, cumin seed, ginger, fenugreek seed, asafoetida.

Vadik Herbs, $



Pippali Fruit Powder, organic, half pound

Long pepper is in truly an immense number of Ayurvedic formulas. It is considered to be an aid to digestion and rejuvenating. Because it is warming, it relieves mucus congestion and aids breathing. It nourishes the blood, nerves, and reproductive tissues. If relieves congestion in the biliary ducts and is used as a sedative for sleep disorders and epilepsy. Mainly however, pippali is carminative and used to promote proper assimilation of nutrients.

Ingredients: certified organic Piper longum fruit powder.

Banyan Botanicals, $



Turmeric Powder

Turmeric Powder, organic, half pound

Turmeric is what gives curry its yellow color. It is a member of the ginger family and grows throughout the tropics. It aids digestion, especially the metabolism of fats which it also protects from oxidation and rancidity. Turmeric is a blood cleanser and is antitumoral and antiscarring. It is also hepatoprotective and provides moderate relief from pain by depleting pain receptors on nerve endings. Curcuma longa is the source of curcumin. Its action is enhanced when combined with long pepper.

Ingredients: certified organic Curcuma longa root powder.

Banyan Botanicals, $