I recently made a short trip to India to meet up with my fiancé who was working in Delhi at the Reinvent the Toilet Fair (yes, that's a real thing). After the fair, we took a couple of weeks to visit a few cities in Rajasthan. One of the best things we did was a cooking class in Jodphur, led by a local husband and wife team in their home/shop Spice Paradise . Rheka and Anil were warm and inviting, and made us feel at home despite being thousands of kilometres from it. Before Rheka showed us how to make Biryani, Raita, Curry and Naan, Anil spoke to us about a few simple Indian spice remedies that he believes can cure everything from headaches to digestive problems to skin afflictions. Below are some of the spice remedies Anil shared with us. If you ever find yourself in Jodphur, please do visit this amazing couple!

Black Pepper: to get over a head cold, soak 6-7 black peppers in a cup of hot water overnight. Chew the peppers and follow with a glass of hot milk.

Cinnamon: helps with stammering and is good for the sinuses. Boil 1/2 tsp cinnamon in water and add sugar. Sip close to your face so the aroma clears the sinuses.

Cloves: are very good for teeth, and clove paste is also good for sore muscles. To create a paste, soak the cloves in a bit of water and mix until it forms a paste.

Cumin: to detoxify your skin, boil 1 tsp cumin seeds in 1L of water for 10 minutes. Wash your face with the mixture once it cools.

Ginger: to make an effective and soothing cough syrup, mix ginger with honey and drink in hot tea.

Green Cardamom: chewing green cardamom will help enhance memory, and maintain good oral health. Balance with hot milk.

Mace: is the vibrant red outer membrane that grows around a nutmeg, turning orange on drying. Boil mace with honey to relieve nausea, gastritis and indigestion ailments.

Turmeric: drink as a 'healing potion' for internal injuries or apply to skin for rash, aches, or wounds. To create a turmeric potion, mix 1 tsp turmeric, 1 cup hot milk, 1 tsp sugar or honey, and 1 scoop of ghee

By: Kim Keitner , Fresh City Marketing Manager