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Health Benefits of Black Cumin For Cooking and Health

Health Benefits of Black Cumin For Cooking and Health

Table of Contents
Preface
Getting started
Chapter # 1: Intro
Chapter # 2: How is black cumin commonly used?
Chapter # 3: Black cumin recipes
Chapter # 4: Growing your own black cumin
Chapter # 5: Precautions
Benefits of black cumin to the brain
Chapter # 1: Boosts memory
Benefits of black cumin to the body
Chapter # 1: Fights cancer
Chapter # 2: Strengthens the immune system
Chapter # 3: Alleviates allergic conditions
Chapter # 4: Eases high blood pressure
Chapter # 5: Counters the effects of radiation
Chapter # 6: Reduces frequency of pediatric seizures
Chapter # 7: Helps in weight loss
Chapter # 8: Helps with migraines
Conclusion
References

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Preface
Many plants that seem so innocuous to us today have been used in traditional medicine for centuries and have produced astonishing results. Greek and Indian medicine in particular has taken leverage of numerous herbs and plants in curing a wide variety of ailments. Only today has science caught up with what our ancestors took as common knowledge. Research conducted over the past few decades have begun to testify to the health benefits of these botanical wonders.
One such amazing plant is Black Cumin more specifically known as Nigella sativa. It is a plant that blossoms yearly and was found originally in the southern and southwestern regions of Asia. Growing to a height ranging from twenty to thirty centimeters, it is characterized by its thin and straight leaves, fragile blue / white flowers and large bloated fruit holding the renowned Black Cumin seed.
The seed of this plant has been used in cuisines around the globe but is particularly famous and notable in Sub-continental cooking. Its pungent taste and unique aroma has made it famous in many dishes. Its importance in the kitchen aside, this seed has a host of medicinal benefits that make it ideal for consumption from a health perspective. It can have a positive effect on both body and mind and scientific evidence has been gathered to support this.
This book aims to educate you in the many benefits of this truly miraculous plant whose seeds work wonders for human health. It will instruct you on the best way to take advantage of Black Cumin’s benefits and easily make it a part of your daily life. There will also be tips on cultivating your own Black Cumin seeds to use in your kitchen! By the time you reach the end, this humble plant will have definitely made an impression on your mind.
Many of you will have overlooked Black Cumin seeds as a mere spice to be used in cooking but after reading the health benefits of the same, you’ll begin to look at them with a new found reverence. Read more…

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Health Benefits of Cinnamon

Health Benefits of Cinnamon

Table of Contents
Preface
SECTION I – Getting started
Chapter # 1: Intro
Chapter # 2: How is cinnamon commonly used?
Chapter # 3: Types of cinnamon
Chapter # 4: Making the most of cinnamon in daily life
Chapter # 5: Maximum daily dosage
SECTION II – Benefits of cinnamon to the brain
Chapter # 1: Boosts brain activity
Chapter # 2: Protects against Alzheimer’s disease
SECTION III – Benefits of cinnamon to the body
Chapter # 1: Regulates blood sugar
Chapter # 2: Aids in weight loss
Chapter # 3: Helps fight cancer
Chapter # 4: Combats infertility
Chapter # 5: Reduces arthritic pain
Chapter # 6: Has inherent anti-infectious properties
Chapter # 7: Helps against acne
SECTIONIV– Conclusion
References

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Preface
There is hardly anyone who does not consume spices regularly in one form or another. Spices find diverse uses ranging from natural flavor enhancement and brain simulation to traditional herbal medicine. There was a time when the spice trade was considered the most profitable and lucrative business by merchants who sailed from the West to the Indies.
There is a plethora of extremely beneficent spices out there but the one particular spice this book is concerned with is cinnamon. Procured from the internal bark of many trees belonging to the genus Cinnamomum, it is has an international reputation as an integral part of many sweet and savory foods.
What most people don’t realize is that this miraculous spice is truly a gift of nature. It has amazing benefits that go far beyond its pleasant taste and aroma. Recent studies in universities and medical research centers from around the world have proven what traditional herbalists claimed for ages: Cinnamon has powerful medicinal applications that are diverse as they are many. Its positive effects on the human physiology include those on both the mind and the body.
This book contains information regarding cinnamon that will teach you its benefits and also how to use it effectively in your daily life. As you will see once you reach the end, cinnamon is a humble spice that can be incorporated into your daily consumption without disrupting normalcy.
Cinnamon is nature at its most benevolent, and its benefits will leave you wondering what other secrets Mother Nature holds! Read more..

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The Health Benefits of Oregano For Healing and Cooking

The Health Benefits of Oregano For Healing and Cooking

Table of Contents
Preface
Getting Started
Chapter # 1: Intro
Chapter # 2: How is oregano commonly used?
Chapter # 3: Cultivate your own oregano
Chapter # 4: Ways to use oregano in cooking
Chapter # 5: Oregano storage techniques
Chapter # 6: Precautions
Benefits of oregano to the brain
Chapter # 1: Boosts mood and mental function
Benefits of oregano to the body
Chapter # 1: A potent antibacterial substance
Chapter # 2: Strengthens the immune system
Chapter # 3: Fights prostate cancer
Chapter # 4: Fights eczema
Chapter # 5: Causes weight loss
Chapter # 5: Delays menopause in women
Conclusion
References

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Preface
There are dozens of plants out there that nature has gifted with endless bounties. We use many of these plants merely for decorating our homes or spicing up our foods when in fact, they hold the secret to curing many deadly diseases and improving our lifestyle in novel ways. Our ancestors were aware of the health benefits of these plants but we have forgotten them in favor of contemporary medicine. We spend so much on health treatments when all we need is to inculcate these plants into our routine lives to take care of many dangerous health conditions.
Of the many beneficial spices and herbs that nature has provided, oregano is one of particular note. Known scientifically as origanum vulgare, it belongs to the mint family and belongs originally to the warm to moderate regions of Eurasia and the Mediterranean. Having a height ranging from twenty to eighty centimeters, it is characterized by opposite leaves and flowers that are purple and spike shaped.
Oregano has found uses in kitchens all over the world because of the scented, warm and somewhat bitter flavor of its leaves. The strength of this flavor is variable between the various types of oregano. Its most common use in modern day cooking can be seen in Italian-American foods which was popularized by the way it easily combines with spicy dishes, native to the south of Italy. It also has diverse uses in the cuisines of many other countries. Aside from this, oregano is rich in health imparting compounds that can boost your wellbeing both mentally and physically. Its health benefits were acknowledged by the Greeks and Austrians.
This books will acquaint you with the various health benefits of this amazing herb, whose leaves are as important for medicine as they are for tasty cooking. It will describe all the best ways to utilize oregano and include it in your routine diet. Since it can be grown easily in backyard gardens, this book will also teach you the basics of that. When you finish this book, oregano will no longer be a mere topping for sautés and pizza in your eyes.
Every time you visit a pizzeria where an oregano topped pizza flavor is offered, you’ll know that you’re not just eating something tasty, you’ll be eating something that will make you feel better on the inside. Read more…

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The Magic of Lemons – Using Lemons for Health and Beauty

The Magic of Lemons – Using Lemons for Health and Beauty

Table of Contents
Introduction
How to Grow a Lemon Tree
How to Benefit from Lemons
Traditional lemon squash (Nimbu pani- lit- lemon water)
Asthma relief
High Blood Pressure
Cantaloupe Remedy
Neem Juice Remedy
Beetroot/Sugarbeet Remedy
Anemia Cure
Spinach Remedy
Carrot Juice Remedy
Pomegranate Horseradish Remedy
Spicy Fried Liver
Curing a Wound Infection
Honey Lemon Juice Cure
Sacred Basil Leaves Cure
Burns Cure
Burn Cure Paste
Getting Rid of Burn Scars
Rosewater
How To Make Rose Water
Where Do You Get Fullers Earth?
Other Common Uses of Lemons
Traditional Lemon Pickles
Traditional Lemon Sherbet
Traditional Bleaching Cream
Lemon cleaner
Easy Tips
Conclusion
Author’s bio

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Introduction
Lemon trees are very pretty and the lemon’s flower is sweet/but the fruit of the lemon is impossible to eat./¬ This song was very popular in the 60s and 70s, but the songwriter was wrong. Just not eating a lemon, because it is sour in taste, is going to prevent you from experiencing all the natural benefits of this versatile citrus fruit.
Lemons are considered to have originated in Asia, – China and Burma – from where they managed to conquer the world. Christopher Columbus brought lemon seeds back to Europe, from his travels. It thus began to be cultivated in Europe, where before it was a rarity.
It was only in the 1740s, that people in the West began to understand that there was some power in the lemons, which prevented sailors from suffering from scurvy and beriberi. They had not heard of vitamins C at that time of course, but sailing tradition spread the word through word of mouth that whenever sailors reached some islands, they had to eat of the fruit and the grasses there. That would prevent their gums from bleeding, pain in the muscles and in the bones and make them feel healthier. These fruits were citrus fruits, including lemons.
This cause and effect apparent result made European Navies make it a rule that every ship sailing out of harbor should have a plentiful supply of lemons, green grasses and other citrus fruits to feed to the sailors and the officers, during the voyage.
However, lemons have been known since 10 A.D. in Persia, where they were used for beautifying, culinary and medical purposes. Also, their gardens used to have lemon trees, and plenty of their traditional poetry described the lemon flower along with pomegranate flowers as a symbol of beauty and grace.

The characteristic sourness of the lemon, is due to the citric acid content in it. That is why lemon juice, as well as its rind and pulp, is used in culinary preparations, all over the world. The whole of the lemon fruit can be used, with the rind ground to add a flavor to special baked dishes. Lemon juice or even the peel of the dried lemon can be used for preparing beauty products and also in natural herbal remedies. Read more..

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The Magic of Marigolds – Marigolds for Health and Beauty

The Magic of Marigolds – Marigolds for Health and Beauty

Table of Contents
Introduction
Use of Marigolds In Herbal Lore And Tradition
Planting Marigolds in Your Garden
Beauty Products Made from Marigolds and Tips
How to Make Marigold Skincare Cream
Marigolds in Cooking
Appendix
Conclusion

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Introduction
I was under the impression that the beautiful Marigold was just an ornamental flower looking great in my garden, until I found out that it was an herbaceous perennial, used in herbal medicines, natural remedies, and also in beauty recipes. So, this book is going to tell you all about the magic of marigolds, how to see them grow and flourish in your garden, and also use them in cookery, as well as in beauty recipes.
In Asia, marigolds are an integral part of social life. Every auspicious ceremony needs garlands of marigolds and jasmines to adorn the houses, photographs of the gods, goddesses, and guests who have been invited to bless the ceremony with their presence. Marigolds are originally natives of North India, Africa, and Mexico. From here, they were taken all over the civilized world by traders.
So that means you are going to see Calendula officinalis, otherwise known as garden Marigold , common Marigold and even pot Marigold , growing all in warm and temperate regions all over the globe. But a Mexican priest told me that ancient legend says the name Marigold is supposed to be in praise of the Virgin Mary – “Mary’s Gold”. Also, he told me that this flower named cempasúchil in Mexico was considered to be the sacred flower of the dead, and had to be offered during the celebration of The Day of the Dead, when people prayed to their departed near and dear ones.
In India, this flower is called Satvarga- just like the Sun.
Marigolds may bloom throughout the year, if the conditions are favorable, and the sun is warm and shining, so naturally this flower is one of the most preferred choices to use in happy celebrations, when you want to depict and praise light and sunshine.
Do you know that the ancient Greeks, Romans, Egyptians and Indians used Marigold flowers as a natural dye? They also colored foods with Marigold flowers to give the dish a golden yellow tint, especially when they did not have turmeric or saffron around.
So if you want to nibble Marigolds, remember that only Pot Marigold Species T. tenuifolia florets are edible. Do not use Marigold leaves in any culinary masterpiece. Read more…

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The Magic of Milk, Butter and Cheese For Healing and Cooking

The Magic of Milk, Butter and Cheese For Healing and Cooking

Table of Contents
Introduction
Knowing More about Buttermilk
Traditional Buttermilk
Making Butter Out Of Cream
What Are the Health Benefits of Buttermilk
Diarrhea Cure
Loss of Concentration
Insomnia
Urinary Infections
Mending Broken Bones
Potential Chest Infections
Buttermilk for Liver Problems
Flatulence Cure
Buttermilk Cake with Nuts
Traditional Clarified Butter
Salty Buttermilk
How Do You Make Traditional Buttermilk
Spicy Salt
How to Make Cottage Cheese
Is Tofu the Same As Cottage Cheese?
Cream Cottage Cheese Tikka
Now What Is Chaat Masala?
Tikka Gravy
Ros-Gollas
Storing Cheese
Cooking with Cheeses
Favorite Stopgap Food – Macaroni and Cheese
Cottage Cheese Salad
French Cheese Pie
Louisiana Cheese Fondue
How to Make that Perfect Yogurt
Conclusion
Author Bio

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Introduction
There is a beautiful mythological story of a God in Eastern legend. It seems he was a bit bored with his heavenly abode and decided to go exploring on the earth. Moreover, he kept staying on here, much to the dismay and surprise of all his friends, who missed him when they had feasts of nectar of immortality, and other heavenly delicacies. Therefore, they came hunting for him.
And what did they find? He was sitting in the Hermitage of a saint and dining off fresh milk, butter and buttermilk. Moreover, just like Oliver, he wanted more. So the rest of the gods began to think that there was something here, rather special on this earth, which enticed a God away from Celestial spheres.
Naturally, they demanded the rest of the members of the Hermitage to feed them exactly what that God was having. Yes, that one sitting over there with his hand in the clay earthenware pot, scooping out something white. In an attitude of contemplative and euphoric bliss. Well, yes, he is a God. You did not recognize him? Look at his feet. They do not touch the ground. Oh yes, ours do not touch the ground either. But then we are hungry for what he is eating.
And so the gods discovered butter, and buttermilk, which they decided were the foods of the gods. However, they had to come to earth to eat it. That was because cows, buffaloes, goats and other milk bearing animals did not flourish so much in their lands. But they did on Mother Earth.
Well, we are very lucky in one matter. Being thoroughly earthbound, we can indulge ourselves in butter, butter, milk, milk, and other milk products like cheese, cream cheese, and anything else of which you can think, to our hearts content. And if we have the pure stuff, that is going to help keep us healthy, and fighting fit.
Did you know that Abraham said that it was butter and buttermilk, which gave him his longevity. Also, it was the reason why his tribe members were so fecund, when compared to other tribes. This belief is still held in the East, that a diet of homemade butter, and buttermilk drunk regularly every day keeps you healthy,virile and also potent. Read more…

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The Miraculous Healing Powers of Ginger

The Miraculous Healing Powers of Ginger

Table of Contents
Introduction
Knowing More about Ginger
Natural curative properties of Ginger
Precautions
Ginger for Your Skin
Cure infected boils
Removing skin blemishes
Curing Urticaria
Cure itching
What is Dodder?
How to make desi ghee for natural remedies
Pimple and blackheads remedy
Ginger For Serious Diseases
Rib Cage Pain
Flu
Jaundice
Tetanus
Gout
Malaria
Deafness
Insomnia
Ginger for your Throat
Ginger for your Tummy
Conclusion

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Introduction
How many times have you heard this aphorism, “he has lots of pep, vim and Ginger in him” while talking about a very energetic and dynamic person. Yes, Ginger (Zingiber officinale) is that rhizome, which has been considered through millenniums to be a cure-all for all diseases in ancient medicine and give that extra zip to your life. It is a shrub, with its rhizomes growing underground. The Ginger root can have a diameter of anywhere between one – 6 inches. Ginger is best known for its strong odor and distinctively sharp taste.
The origin of Ginger is supposed to be in the Indian subcontinent, from where it reached China and became a necessary part of Chinese herbal medicine millenniums ago. It has been in use as an important ingredient in herbal medicines as well as oriental cuisine for millenniums. Traders in the eighth and ninth centuries took Ginger, which is a considered to be a spice to the other parts of the world. Ginger cultivation is done mainly in India, China and Taiwan. In India, the Ginger species cultivated in Kerala is considered to be supreme in matters of taste, potency and strength.

The medicinal properties of Ginger are considered to be tried and proven. Nevertheless, Western researchers are still looking for statistics which tell them that yes, Ginger works in curing diseases, and the result is visible. Well, this book should help them to get to know all about Ginger’s curative properties for diseases and to use any recipe given for any of their research. After all, these have been new ways to cure people naturally for millenniums by Chinese, Indian, [Ayurveda] Greek [Unani] and Persian physicians.
For millenniums people have believed that if you have a little bit of Ginger in your daily diet, it is going to help keep you healthy. It is also going to keep your immunity system healthy, through winter and summer.
Ginger is considered to be a heat producing rhizome and that is why it is eaten, more often in the winter than in summer. Dried ginger is known as a spice, while Ginger in its raw form, is considered to be a vegetable/herb. You can need Ginger raw or in cooked form. Ginger is also very popular as a Ginger pickle. So you find pieces of raw Ginger in your lemon juice accompaniment when you are eating out in an Asian restaurant, enjoy. Read more…

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The Miracle of Honey

The Miracle of Honey – Health Learning Series

Table of Contents
Introduction
Knowing More about Honey
Benefits of Honey
Natural Composition of Honey
Honey for Stomach Ailments
Indigestion
Constipation
Diarrhea
Gas
Nausea
Ulcers
Worms and Parasites in the stomach
Honey for Serious Conditions
Heart problems
Lung problems
Pneumonia
Diabetes
Stroke
Cholera
Kidney stones
TB
Typhoid
Jaundice
Flu
Anemia
Piles
Insomnia
High/Low Blood Pressure
Honey for Your Throat
Honey for your Skin
Appendix
Author Bio

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Introduction

The moment you hear the word “honey”, you immediately visualize something tasty, sweet, and healthy. If you consider it being nature’s best and most excellent tonic, it is not going to be an exaggeration. That is the reason why newborn babies in the East are fed honey, the moment they enter the world and are bathed, before they are given to their proud moms for their first feed. That is because this is a predigested food, and it is easy to digest, is nutritious, and is health giving. And the best thing about Honey is that you may keep it for a long while, and it is not going to spoil.
In fact, archaeologists found vestiges of preserved honey in 2000 year old earthenware pots, from excavated sites. A major part of the honey may have been absorbed into the earthenware with the passage of time, but there was still some left over from those days millenniums ago, when people were preserving honey and putting them into usage.
As far as the natural and curative properties of honey goes, the fact is indisputable that this product has been used as a cure-all for diseases for centuries in Mesopotamian, Russian, Native American, Aztec, South American, Indian, Chinese, Egyptian, Greek and other ancient medical sciences. In fact, ask any wise man or shaman or herbalist who is well versed in ancient herbal lore about the importance of honey in making up his medicines. And he is going to nod his head widely, and praise it and the person who discovered it, and its natural curative properties.
Did you know that during the American Civil War and during WW1, when doctors ran out of medicine, they asked people or the army suppliers to supply them with honey? This was then placed on the open wounds, so that the infection could be cured or prevented. It is strange to see that the West has forgotten the use of honey as a natural healer.
This book is going to tell you all about the use of honey and its benefits in curing various ailments. The author is going to try her best to use commonly obtained ingredients easily available in your nearby market, garden or kitchen itself. Remember that if any remedy calls for warming up the medicine before use, do not heat honey to boiling point. This destroys all its curative properties. Just warm it mildly, for a couple of seconds, and that is going to be enough for the honey’s power to incorporate it in the ingredients to make Powerful Heal All.
Also, you may find that some of the remedies and recipes ask you to take some precautions when you are eating a medicine made up of honey. This can be as simple as not eating spicy and fatty food. You may be also asked not to eat meat.
Honey is without a doubt the best guardian of your health naturally. Ask all those people who have been using honey as a part of their natural diet every day. So if you suffer from any sort of disease, and want to look at the best way in which you can cure it naturally, all you have to do is browse through this book and find how honey is going to protect your health right now. Read more..

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The Magic of Neem Margosa to Heal

The Magic of Neem Margosa to Heal

Table of Contents
Introduction
Neem oil
Make Your Skin Blemish Free
How to Grow a Neem
Neem in Ancient Medicine
Traditional Kajal
How to Apply Kajal
Curing Eye Infections
Neem Seeds As a Pesticide
Neem Seeds As a Pyrolysis/Stroke Massage Oil
Curing Piles
Sweet Neem?
Halitosis
Neem Seeds As Poultry and Cattle Feed
Preserving Clothes and Books
Curing Wounds with Neem
Cleaning Infections
Making a Neem Poultice
My Own Neem Ointment
The Slow Sun Method
Another Neem Oil Method
Neem Burn Remedy
Sprains
Prickly Heat
Pain in Joints
Do Your Shoes Bite?
How to make Neem Ash
Leukoderma Cure
Fever Cure
Getting Rid of Bedbugs
Malarial Fumigation
How to Make Neem Soap
Appendix
How to Make Desi Ghee
Conclusion
Authors Bio

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Introduction
Most of us may have heard the name of an indigenous plant found in the East, – Neem. This is the local name for a plant called Margosa-the Indian Neem. Its scientific name is Azadirachta indica.
This is a long living tree, which has come down in Indian mythology as one of the gifts of the gods, given to the people of Jambudwipa- the prehistoric and historic name of the area which consisted of the Indian subcontinent. That is the reason why this plant is worshipped in many ancient traditional rituals of some religious sects in India.

Neem twigs are used as a toothbrush, even today. You break off a twig, chew it to keep your teeth healthy and then brush your teeth with this chewed portion. It is definitely bitter in taste, but you never will ever have to visit a dentist.
No Indian garden is considered to be complete without a Neem tree growing. The idea is that the grandfather is going to plant the Neem tree, and the future generations up to the seventh generation are going to derive benefit of this plant. That is why the first thing one does when one buys a new house is plant a Neem tree and then plant some other fruit trees like mangoes and lemons.
The Neem tree used to grow wild, but it is now cultivated extensively throughout the land. It is estimated that there are about 138 million Neem trees cultivated by farmers in Neem plantations throughout India. We are not talking about the ones which grow completely wild in the forests and in the woods or in your gardens.
There has been a long mythological history of the Neem, coming down the ages. Let me give you one example. The Neem grown on the outskirts of the village, would be worshipped by ancient villagers, who wanted the friendly spirits living on the Neem to grant them their wishes. That is why, they often fed the Neem with milk or buried copper coins underneath the Neem tree. I do not know who took advantage of the buried coins, but I saw this pattern being followed as an adult, when people got to know about the only Neem tree, in the locality, which happened to have been planted by my grandfather four decades earlier. add-to-cart-click-here

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The Magic of Pepper and Peppercorns For Healing and Cooking

The Magic of Pepper and Peppercorns For Healing and Cooking

Table of Contents
Introduction
How Is Black Pepper Grown?
Best Temperature
Harvesting Peppercorns
Other Types of Pepper
White Peppercorns
Peppercorn Oil
Hot Massage Oil
Why Does This Pepper Burn so?
Using Pepper for Tooth Problems
Gingivitis Cure
Sore Throat/Cold Relief
Persistent Cold
Treating Senile Dementia
Throat Soother
Diseases of the Scalp
Keeping Your Tummy Healthy
Tasty Digestive Mix
Pepper in International Cuisine
Indonesian Satay
Using Green Peppercorns in Your Cuisine
Traditional Mulligatawny Soup
Is Pepper Good for Preserving?
Making Coconut Cream at Home
Making Desi Ghee at Home
Conclusion
Author Bio

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Introduction
They tell a story about some extremely avid treasure hunters in the Caribbean about 20 years ago.
They managed to get a treasure map about a buried treasure box, buried 400 years ago by some shipwrecked sailors, and with dreams and visions of gold coins and jewels and other precious stones, they began digging at night in all secrecy. In two hours, they struck a box of wood, and they dragged it out. They opened it and plunged their hands in only to find the box full of peppercorns. Those peppercorns had grown moldy, underground, because they had not been dried in the sun. So there were treasure hunters with a moldy smelling sneeze, making powder, which once would have commanded a King’s ransom.

400 years ago, this treasure would have been priceless. Today, like other spices, it is universally available all over the globe and anybody considering pepper priceless, like his ancestors used to do is either living in a remote area with no access to a grocery store or mall or does not know about pepper.
So, for all those people want to know all about why this spice was considered to be the best ransom for kings and emperors, by Roman conquerors, here is a bit about its history.
The pepper is supposed to have originated in the South of India, especially in the Tamil Nadu region where it was called pippali. In ancient times, the ships loaded with peppercorns were collected from areas like Tuticorin, Chettinad , Madurai, the Malabar coast in Kerala and Kanya Kumari (Cape Comorin) and sent all over the globe. Of course, the Romans considered this to be a great addition to their cuisine, and even Pliny the great historian of ancient times made sure that he spoke awarded pepper in his gastronomical delicacies gathered for posterity.
He was dismayed with the fact that India drained the Roman Empire of 50 million sesterces every year with her different spices, of which pepper played a very prominent role. Black pepper, which is commonly called as Millagu in the local Tamil vernacular, was of course an integral part of all the cuisines of this area.
So they tell a tale about a Tamil cook having to feed a hungry British officer. So he mixed up pepper and water, and made mulligan tanni-literally pepper water, which has been immortalized as mulligatawny in Anglo-Indian cuisine.
Pepper was introduced to South Asia somewhere around about 4000 years ago, when it started to be cultivated extensively in Indonesia, Borneo, Java and Sumatra. The word pep comes from adding the missing zing or pepper to your spirit, so when pep talks are peppered with lots of moralizing and lecturing, they can spice up the proceedings really well.
Many of the wars in the medieval times in Europe were caused to gain complete power and access to the trade routes to India. That is why, the Dutch, the Portuguese, and the British kept asking their soldiers and navigators and explorers to look for easier ways to get access to shipping routes to places where they could get spices. It is said that when Vasco da Gama reached Calicuta, the traders asked him what he was looking for. “Christians and spices.” was his answer. He started up the trade route for Portugal to India, but that soon was taken over by the British. Read more…

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