Herbs have been around for thousands of years. They have been used for scents, flavorings, food, and medicine. Herbs today are still used for health. You need not look far just go to the kitchen. Here are some top herbs most of us probably have in the cupboard or spice rack that aide in improving or maintain our health.
Basil that natural source of beta-carotene. An antioxidant which prevents the build-up of cholesterol in the bloodstream. It fights the free radicals in the body and due to its fighting ability it aides conditions such as asthma, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis. Research has shown it just may aid in slowing down the aging process.
Cayenne pepper stops a heart attack in just one minute. Research has also proven that it can stop a heart attack by applying it to the skin.
The general recommendation is one teaspoon of cayenne powder in a glass of warm water. Then have person consume the drink. The second choice according to researchers which discovered rubbing capsaicin cream into the skin during a heart attack can possibly provide cardiac protection. In any event, seek medical attention immediately.
When adding pepper to food it will increase appetite, improves digestion, relieves gas and can thin phlegm from nasal passageways.
Clove as in oil of olive clove 60 to 90 percent eugenol acts as a deadening agent. Even the FDA provides an endorsement for using it in tooth pain. Clove lowers blood sugar so the body can produce insulin effectively. It can also speed up recovery for cold sores.
Cinnamon can reduce stress and anxiety. The compound of cinnamaldehyde can kill numerous illnesses including Salmonella. It aids in regulating the bleeding cycle during menopause.
Dill can soothe that annoying upset stomach and treat heartburn.
Mint the common herb used by most herbalists. It aide the stomach to relieve nausea and vomiting soothes muscle spasms and is great for that case of the occasional hiccups. One used in aromatherapy as an oil, breathing the scent can relax airways, fight bacteria and viruses. It even has been noted to relieve nasal congestion.
Parsley the diuretic herb aids in the prevention of kidney stones and bladder infections. It aides the body plumbing to run smooth. During menstruation it even reliefs bloating.
Rosemary that herb loaded with antioxidants. It also contains 19 chemicals with antibacterial action that aids in fighting infections. It has been used to ease asthma for its oils can decrease airway constriction.
Turmeric the herb where most clinical studies have found to have anti-inflammatory effects. It has shown remarked benefits for rheumatoid arthritis and carpal tunnel syndrome. It also contains vitamins A, C, E that have been proven to prevent cataracts.
Thyme increases blood flow to the skin thanks to the thymol it contains. Thyme is endorsed by Commission E, the expert panel that judges safety and effectiveness of herbal medicine for the German government, which advocate the use of it for bronchitis for it relaxes the respiratory muscles. In aromatherapy, it is noted to elevate one’s mood.
Sage is both noted to be antiseptic and antibiotic which means it has the ability to fight infections. It has effectiveness for menopause symptoms, night sweats and hot flashes due to its estrogenic actions. There also is massive evidence that sage could be valuable for those with diabetes for persons whose hormone insulin does not work effectively. Some lab studies have shown it may boost insulin action.
Fennel a carminative herb. Translation it has the ability to ease bloating, gas pains and digestive spasms. For women who are nursing it just may increase milk flow.
Garlic is natures antiseptic. Not to mention it is extremely powerful to fight cancer. It also has many other benefits such as lowering cholesterol, reducing plaque build-up, lowers blood pressure prevents blood clots and lowers the risk of atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries).