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Since prehistoric days, trees and plants are used for shelter, food and medicine. The use of plants for medicinal purposes is as old as our civilization. The first known written record of curative plants was of Sumerian herbal of 2200 BC. In the 5th century BC, The Greek doctor Hippocrates list out some 400 herbs in common use. Dioscorides, in the Ist century AD, wrote a herbal by using 600 plants which ultimately became the base for many later works. Herbs have been used for uncounted time for various purposes like healing the sick and infirm. Most of the people still continue to use herbs to benefit their bodies. People thought that herbs keep the body in tune with nature as nature intended and maintain proper balance. Many scientific studies are still continued with modern research following the lead of old folklore and herbal uses to help finding new western medicine. Man has also been aware of the effects of Herbs on the body, mind and emotion. For example - Flowers were utilized to attract love, food and protection. Fragrant plants were worn to heal the body and give a sense of well being. The most costly flowers are offered to gods and goddesses and the use of aromatic incense is recorded from the earliest of times.

 

Although interest in the medicinal use of herbs is growing all the time and many applications may appear to be innovative, herbs and other plants have been widely used as medicines for thousands of years.

According to archaeologists our love affair with plants goes back around 30,000 to 50,000 years – maybe even longer.

The traditional use of herbs as medicine varies from culture to culture. In Asia, particularly India and China, their curative virtues have always enjoyed great respect and herbs play an important role in Ayurveda and traditional Chinese medicines today.In many tribal societies herbs were seen as plants with wisdom, that called out to a person to use their qualities. Buddha is said to have received ultimate enlightenment from sitting under a fig tree. My own ancestors, the Celts, wrote a whole alphabet based on the virtues of trees. Herbs were considered to be children of the earth mother, each marked by divinity and worthy of respect.

Medicinal herbs have been used since time immemorial. In fact, the ancient Indian scriptures – the Vedas – have volumes on the use of the herbs, in detail. The writers of the Vedas have given every minute detail about each of the hundreds of herbs, some of which are not even in existence today. The fact is that we are existing in a plastic and artificial world, where we try to find the quickest and easiest way out. Every thing is about quick fix solutions, and most of humanity has realized that this is absolutely detrimental to humanity. For this reason an increasing mass of the population is going back to the natural way of living. One of the natural methods includes the medicinal herbs.

 

About indian spices, it is strongly flavored and aromatic part of a plant used in small quantities as either a preservative or flavoring in cooking. Indian spices is generally the dried part of the plant, ie the bark, root, stem of a plant. Indian spices have their essence in the hard parts of a plant.

Forms of Spices

  • Whole Spices: These spices are used in their original form after being throughly cleaned. These spices are used both for garnishing as well as flavoring. eg: Cloves, Cinnamon, Black Pepper.

  • Ground Spices: Grinded spices are used as they deliver flavor quickly and also they blend easily into a product; this is so, because grinding a spice breaks down the protective cell structure .