Health benefits of Zedoary
Because of its bitter aftertaste it is seldom used as a single spice. Zeodary is also a substitute for arrowroot.
Composition of Zeodary: Zeodary consists of mainly Germacrone-4, 1,8-Cineole, 5-Epoxide, Germacrone, Furanodienone, Curzerenone, Zederone, Dehydrocurdione, Curcumenol, Isocurcumenol, Curcumenone, Curmanolide A, Curmanolide B.
Uses of Zeodary in Food:
While in Indonesia it is ground to paste and used as a curry for seafood items in India it is used fresh and in preparing pickles.
Medicinal Uses and benefits of Zeodary:
- Since zedoary is anti-inflammatory, its paste is used on inflammation, wounds, skin ailments and pain.
- The herb – Zeodary serves as a body stimulant and purifies blood.
- It is very effective in treating respiratory disorders, tones up uterus and works as an aphrodisiac agent.
- Zedoary improves digestion, improves liver condition and normalizes body temperature.
- The herb, when taken in powdered form, helps in regularizing menstruation.
- In the juice form, it is used to treat urine-related disorders and urinary tract infections.
- Zedoary is used as a gastro-intestinal stimulant in flatulent colic and prevents stress ulceration as well.
- It helps in curing dyspepsia, colic, vomiting and cough.
- The herb proves useful in case of abdominal cramps, amenorrhea-abdominal pain and rheumatic pain. It is also used in anti-periodic pills.
- Zedoary is used as anti-venom for the Indian Cobra.
Other Use of Zeodary:
The essential oil produced from the dried roots of Curcuma zedoaria is used in perfumery and soap fabrication.
Although appearing with the last alphabet the uses of this spice are too many so as to place it among the top spices.