Monday, November 30, 2009


Galangal: Though it is related to and resembles ginger, there is little similarity in taste.
In its raw form, galangal has a citrusy, earthy aroma, with hints of pine and soap in the flavor. It is available as a whole root, cut or powdered. The whole fresh root is very hard, and slicing it requires a sharp knife. A mixture of galangal and lime juice is used as a tonic in parts of Southeast Asia. It is said to have the effect of an aphrodisiac, and acts as a stimulant. (

Lemongrass: In 2006 a research team from the Ben Gurion University in Israel found that lemon grass (cymbopogon citratus) caused apoptosis (programmed cell death) in cancer cells.

Kafir Lime leaves: Kafir Lime leaves contain volatile oils which have therapeutic benefits.
The extract of the plant helps increase the circulation of the blood and like all members of the citrus family acts as an anti- bacterial and an anti-inflammatory.
The fruit and leaves are excellent for skin regeneration.
Traditional malay medicine in Pahang used Kaffir Lime juice to treat
dandruff and hair loss and encourage healthy hair growth.
Kaffir Lime also acts as an excellent rejuvenator , alleviates colds, and helps regain energy and dispell tiredness.
Kaffir lime juice may be mixed with water and drunk three times a day as a tonic, to dispell
fatigueand tiredness and increase the circulation of the blood.
The traditional Malay sauna bath or mandi wap uses the leaves of the Kaffir Lime.
The extract of the fruit is used in

Red Chili : Capsaicin is a safe and effective analgesic agent in the management of arthritis pain, herpes zoster-related pain, diabetic neuropathy, postmastectomy pain, and headaches.[22]

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