Finding remedies to cure what ails you may be as close as your kitchen. Herbs not only enhance the flavor of food, but they also contain powerful healing properties. Herbs have been used for medicinal purposes for 1000‘s of years and can be a beneficial part of a health-promoting program today. Check out these 10 best healing herbs to discover if any of them can improve your health.
1. Ginger -Many people suffer with an upset stomach while traveling or during pregnancy, ginger can help. Ginger works by blocking the effects of serotonin, a chemical produced by both the brain and stomach when you’re nauseated, and by stopping the production of free radicals. Ginger has been proven to be as effective as the leading over-the-counter drug to stop motion sickness.
2. Holy Basil – This special variety basil is effective in reducing stress when used in pesto. This herb works by increasing adrenaline and noradrenaline and decreasing serotonin. Tea made form the leaves of holy basil is also effective in relieving headaches.
3. Saint John’s Wort – This herb is effective is relieving depression and anxiety. Saint John’s Wort also contains melatonin and promotes deeper, longer sleep.
4. Garlic – This pungent herb reduces the risk of several types of cancer, including colorectal and ovarian. Garlic also contains phytochemicals which studies have shown to reduce blood pressure and reduce the risk of heart attack.
5. Rosemary – This tasty herb reduces the amount of carcinogens in food caused from high-heat cooking. Heterocyalicamines (HCA), potent cancer-causing carcinogens are created during high-heat cooking. Rosemary contains carnosol and rosemarinic acid, two powerful antioxidants that destroy the HCAs.
6. Echinacea – This herb is used to make immune-boosting tea to help relieve upper respiratory infections. Drinking a cup of echinacea tea regularly can reduce the frequency of colds.
7. Lemon Balm – Lemon balm tea is effective for easing an upset stomach and calming jangles nerves. Also good for making a topical cream to reduce the duration of painful fever blisters.
8. Licorice – Flavorful herb used to treat sore throats and coughs. Licorice is a powerful anti-inflammatory that promotes healing for gastrointestinal disorders.
9. Milk Thistle – This herb protects the liver from the ravages of alcohol, medications and environmental toxins. Typically taken in capsule form.
10. Nettle – Nettle tea is widely used to relieve the symptoms of seasonal allergies. This herb also has a high nutrient value and is good for promoting overall health.