Traditional cures from herbs have been used by apothecaries and herbalists for centuries. With their healing and restorative powers, herbs do more than simply add flavour and colour to your favourite dishes.
We don’t doubt that fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds contain vitamins and minerals, yet the nutrients in herbs are often overlooked. With that in mind, here are how herbs can help to heal…
When herbs are heated their full aroma is usually released, which is what makes your mouth water. The release of saliva prepares your stomach for food, triggering the digestive process, helping the body break down fats and starches. If this doesn’t happen before the food reaches the stomach, then it isn’t properly processed and digestive problems such as constipation, wind, bloating and irritable bowel may occur.
Herbs to use: oregano, mint, rosemary, thyme.
Herbs with anti-cancer properties
Many herbs have flavonoids: nutrients widely available in fruits and vegetables and thought to help prevent cancer and reduce the risk of strokes and heart attacks. Flavonoids help vitamin C work more efficiently as an antioxidant, mopping up the free radicals that cause cancer.
Herbs to use: sage, rosemary, thyme, chamomile, green tea.
Helping to prevent tumours
Some herbs contain phytochemicals called terpenoids. These are potent antioxidants which are thought to prevent the growth of tumours.
Herbs to use: spearmint, peppermint, coriander, dill, sage, lavender, lemongrass, basil, celery seed, chamomile.
Boosting the immune system
Herbs high in flavonoids also have mild anti-inflammatory properties. Echinacea is the best-known herb known to have immune boosting qualities. Garlic is known to be good for the immune system.
Herbs to use: thyme, rosemary, chamomile, sage, dandelion, green tea.
Herbs which may heal
Many herbs are believed to have direct healing qualities, for example aloe vera is widely known to heal burns.
Herbs to use for healing: elderflower for cold relief; chamomile for insomnia; lemon balm for headaches; rosemary to improve concentration; chamomile or peppermint to ease nausea and heartburn.
Till next time,