Cardamom: A key ingredient in most chai masalas. It is also used to add a sweet aroma to desserts and as a mouth freshener. Most revered for its anti-inflammatory, mood boosting and digestive properties, it also works as a natural diuretic to help flush out toxins. Added benefit: its sweet aroma helps keep sugar cravings away.
Fennel: In Sanskrit, it is called Shatapushpa meaning one hundred (Shata) flowers (Pushpa). This herb aids digestion, reduces water retention, and has anti-microbial and anti-fungal properties to help fight infection. It is widely used to alleviate symptoms of gas, bloating, abdominal pain and menopause.
Clove: In the West, cloves are used in gingerbread cookies and winter cocktails. In Ayurveda, they are prized for their anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, antiseptic and analgesic properties.