For pure shot of health, herbs are to be a part of one’s diet. Herbs and exotic spices help make recipes delicious but also promQotes health boosting properties. A meal is always better when properly seasoned. Cooking is a lot more enjoyable once a person have mastered the herb and spice basics. These organic treasure of nature heals a person inside out. To add a little spicy twist, we have searched 10 super healing herbs. These herbs are to be in everyone’s kitchen cabinet.
Practice of using herbs in daily life is from ancient times when there were no heavy medications or other supplements. Herbs were used for serving multi-purposes, healing wounds, fixing health, cooking and for preserving it. After long time this practice has been replaced from artificial and synthetic stuffs.
According to Roberta Lee, MD, medical director of the Continuum Center for Health and Healing at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City. “Herbs and other natural remedies can be as effective as traditional treatments, often without the same negative side effects,”
How do these herbs yield benefit in our lives let’s have a look.
1. Turmeric: relieve arthritis and lessens depression
Scientifically known as Curcuma longa, this herb is bright yellow and orangey in color. Turmeric comes from the root of curcuma longa plant, originally it has dark brown skin and is orange inside, and resembles ginger before it is refined as turmeric powder. It was also called as “Indian saffron” traditionally due to its yellowish-orange color.
Turmeric is arguably the most powerful herb on planet at combats and possibly reverses diseases. Turmeric, the main spice in curry, has remarkable healing powers. It has a renowned primary component curcumin, which heals wound and help them recover. Turmeric is more advantageous then many prescribed drugs and medicines. Turmeric is an anti-inflammatory agent in both Chinese and Indian medicinal system. It works more like Cox-2 inhibitors. Curcumin’s anti-inflammatory properties have been shown to be equivalent to the effective drugs like hydrocortisone and phenylbutazone. these are drugs which reduce the cox-2 enzyme.
This enzyme is the cause for arteritis. Turmeric is also used as an anti-depressant and treats wide variety of medical problems like flatulence, jaundice or yellow fever, menstrual difficulties, urine problem including irritation and blood, hemorrhage, toothache, bruises or wounds, chest pain, and colic. Turmeric has been used as a relief from Rheumatoid Arthritis and is help line for cystic fibrosis patients. It could also be as pain killer and diabetic drug. Turmeric terminates cancerous cells and constantly battle to prevent cancer of any sort.
According to lead researcher Francis M. Giardiello, M.D., at the Division of Gastroenterology, Johns Hopkins University, turmeric with onions halt colon cancer. It is also a cure for Alzheimer. This herbal yellow fellow, improves liver function, increases cardiovascular protection and reduces cholesterol.
For maximum benefits, James A. Duke, PhD, author of The Green Pharmacy advices 400mg of curcumin extract, three times a day, either as a part of diet of by drinking it with milk.
2. Cinnamon: from delicious desserts to curing diabetes
Everyone must have heard about tempting cinnamon rolls but ever thought about these cinnamon roll fixing type-2 diabetes? NO! Well cinnamon is apparently the delicious and strongest herb.
It is scientifically known as Cinnamomum, because cinnamon is extracted from the inner bark of these trees. In ancient Egypt this herb was an emblem of high prestige and was presented as gift to kings and queens. Nowadays this ancient gift is a part of our diet and desserts. The unique taste and color of cinnamon is due to cinnamaldehyde, a primary compound with amazing health benefits. Cinnamoncan be used as antioxidants, it also has anti-inflammatory properties. Cinnamon is widely known for reversing type-2 diabetes. It improves sensitivity to insulin hormones. It circulates blood sugar from blood stream to cells and helps retain a balance. This anti-diabetic herb lessens the amount of glucose and breakdown carbohydrates into digestive track.
Recommended dose for effective results is typically 1-6 grams of cinnamon daily (around 0.5-2 teaspoons). Suggested brand is cinnulin PF by Terry Graedon, PhD, coauthor of Best Choices from the People’s Pharmacy.
3. Rosemary: prevents carcinogen and enhance memory and concentration
Known for its loveable fragrance, Rosmarinus officinalis, commonly known as rosemary is a good source and for a good source of iron, calcium, and vitamin B6. It is used in steaks, lamb chops and meaty meals. Meat when cooked on high flame creates heterocyclic enzymes, these enzymes cause cancer. Rosemary contains 2 exceptional antioxidants carnosol and rosemarinic, these strike out HCA and shields body. Rosemary member of mint family, historically has been known for strengthening memory with mild fragrance that can mesmerize almost anyone.
For best healthy results marinate food items such as meat before cooking, grilling and frying in it along with other herbs like oregano, basil leaves, onions and garlic for best flavors and aroma.
4. Ginger: who can say no ginger-garlic paste that boot out digestive problems
Well no one can say no to a ginger tea with bitterly pleasant taste that can refresh anyone in just few minutes. Well king of almost every cuisine this herb has been clinically known for its remedial benefits. Ginger relieves digestive problems such as nausea, travel sickness, loss of appetite. It reduces peril of obesity, heart diseases and diabetes. Ginger also fixes inflammatory problem, arthritis and helps prevent cancer.
It is to be consumed 30 minutes before travelling. Capsules that contains 500 to 1,000 mg of powdered ginger every four hours, up to a maximum of 4g daily.
5. Holy basil: low calorie herb that is used as anti-depressant
A part of variety of meals, is a great stress buster. Scientifically known as Ocimum basilicum and a member of mint family has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial agents. Works best for curing breast cancer also minimizing its risk.
For relieving stress this holy herb is to be used daily in quantity of 10-12 leaves daily boiling them and drinking as kava. For improving stress and sleep problem 300mg extract is be taken daily.
6. Garlic: fight cancer with this super tasty herb
According to wise words from father of western medicine and ancient Greek physician Hippocrates “Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food”. Allicin a notable compound in garlic makes it best for cooking and sautéing food. It fights common cold and boost immune system. It perfectly deals with hypertension and high blood pressure. Garlic improves cholesterol level and potentially decreases chances of heart attacks. This easily available herb contains Antioxidants that may help prevent Alzheimer’s disease and Dementia problem. Garlic support the body’s shielding mechanisms against oxidative damage. Garlic seizes the growth of precancerous cells.
This bulb provides a naturally strong defensive system for cardiovascular problem. It prevents risk of heart strokes.
For fighting cancer and eliminating heart attacks, garlic extract capsules (1,000 mg) are to be used daily.
7. Andrographis: revive respiratory problems
Known as “kings of bitter” this bitterly tasting herb, bitterly fights against bacteria protects body from seasonal damages. It is a traditional medicine for treating common cold. It enhances immune system and is used as immunostimulant in upper respiratory tract infections and HIV infection. It also eases fatigue, sleeplessness, sore throat, and runny nose.
8. Sea Buckthorn: treats acne
This herb is known for protein building amino acids and healthy fatty acids. Sea buckthorn is best used for skin problems like dryness, acne and acne scars. It also promotes healthy digestion and eases upset stomach. It hydrates mucous membranes and reverses vaginal dryness. For best results a capsule of omega 7 with this herb is suitable.
9. Kudzu: treats alcohol hangover
This amazing herb has been a part of Chinese medicine since at least 200BC. It was used to treat post alcohol effects and helps in breaking its addiction. It eases headache, stomach problems and vomiting.
For effective results quantity suggested is 500 mg of kudzu extract three times a day.
10. A rule of thumb for health is:
Don’t not use any herb in excess.
Ask a doctor before taking any herb particularly for treating a disease for proper dosages and quantity.