Most people use herbs for flavoring food, but for century’s people have been using herbs to combat illness and promote well being. In fact, nature provides a pharmacy of herbs to fight many common health problems, but it will take science centuries before we learn the full range of all the health benefits of herbs and spices.
Here’s a list of some of the best herbs and spices for optimal health:
Cayenne pepper can help fight inflammation. The capsaicin that gives cayenne its heat is a powerful and natural stimulant that helps support blood flow.
Chamomile helps relieve flatulence, improves appetite and encourages sleep. It is also useful in reducing aches and pains associated with the flu.
Cloves’ antiseptic qualities make it an effective mouthwash. They can also help to relieve the pain of a toothache.
Garlic is one of the most studied among all the herbs and has multiple uses. Garlic contains more than 70 active phytochemicals, including allicin, which many studies have shown helps support high blood pressure.
Ginger, a powerful antioxidant is effective in relieving nausea or an upset stomach from morning sickness during pregnancy or motion sickness. Ginger works by blocking the effects of serotonin, a chemical produced by both the brain and stomach when you’re nauseated.
Ginseng can help improve circulation to the brain. It is also effective in relieving the symptoms of nervous exhaustion.
Holy Basil can help reduce stress by increasing adrenaline and noradrenaline and decreasing serotonin. It is also used to help relieve headaches and indigestion.
The sting of the nettle cuts down the swelling and pain associated with gout. Nettle is effective against arthritis, rheumatism and eczema. It is also rich in calcium, iron, potassium and sulfur.
This kitchen spice is used to fight asthma and also helps eliminate bad breath. It is also used to treat an upset stomach and bring relief to anyone suffering from diarrhea.
Like dill, parsley also makes a good breath freshener. It is commonly used as a remedy for asthma, jaundice and menstruation. It is also rich in B vitamins and potassium.
A part of the ginger family, it is used extensively in the cuisine of India and China. It’s an anti-inflammatory that helps relieve joint and muscle pain.