Most potent herbs around the globe have been known for their health benefits. These vary from treating sore throats to helping with skin problems. Moreover, herbal medicines contain different antioxidants which help in fighting germs, thereby boosting our immunity level. In addition to that, herbal extracts like peppermint oil are known to be useful in the treatment of digestive disorders. However, which herbs are always sitting in our kitchen cabinets and have plenty of uses?
Flaxseed and flaxseed oil are vegetable oils that contain omega-3-fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids are an integral part of the structure of cell membranes in the body. They are also useful in the control of inflammation just like the way nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) work. For these reasons, omega-3 fats help in preventing heart diseases and stroke and can be used in the treatment of patients suffering from rheumatoid arthritis.
Rosemary’s needle-like leaves are fragrant evergreen herbs that are obtained from a plant known as Rosmarinus officinalis. It’s usually associated with garlic and olive oil, and it’s used as a culinary condiment. Rosemary leaves are prepared by first drying them under the sun, then crushing to a dried powdered extract. Before modern medicine, rosemary leaves were traditionally used to:
- Alleviate muscle pain
- Boost the immune and circulatory system
- Improve memory
In boosting the immune and circulatory system, rosemary is known to contain antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds that are very useful in improving systemic blood circulation. From recent research studies, it has been found that the aromatic fragrance from rosemary leaves helps one’s speed and concentration levels especially while engaging in a duty or learning in class.
Moreover, scientists have also found out that rosemary aids in neurological protection. No wonder this herb is recommended to people who have suffered previously from a stroke. In conclusion, oncology reports state that rosemary extracts slow the speed of leukemia tic cells and carcinoma cells, hence can be very useful during cancer chemotherapy.
Mint leaves are one of the traditional herbs used globally and have several benefits. Examples of these benefits include:
- Aiding proper digestion
- Treatment of asthma
- Relief of nausea, depression, fatigue and headache
Mint is a great appetizer and palate cleanser because it promotes proper digestion by soothing the stomach inner walls, especially during inflammation cases. Peppermint has been known in treating the Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), or known as acid reflux, especially when heartburn arises.
Patients with GERD feel heartburn during involuntary contractions of the stomach, especially after eating leguminous foods e.g. beans. The involuntary contractions cause acid and stomach contents to move up from the cardiac sphincter to esophageal mucosa, thus precipitating a burning sensation. To relieve this burning sensation, the patient should consume peppermint of some form. This would get rid of acid reflux along the esophagus walls and empties the contents back into the stomach by first relaxing the cardiac sphincter muscles.
Furthermore, mint is thought to increase bile secretion which is very helpful in speeding up the digestion process. As a result, foods are not held in the stomach for too long.
Ginger is obtained from the root of Zingiber officinale, and it is a plant that has very leafy and fresh stems. The health benefits of this herbaceous plant include:
- Treatment of indigestion and nausea
- Treatment of compromised immunity and respiratory function
- Enhanced immunity by killing bacterial and fungal infections
- Slows down the growth of colorectal cancer cells
To feel the maximal health benefits, there are various ways ginger can be used. For example, the most potent form is when it is applied or used as an essential oil since it contains gingerol. The gingerol is applied topically in areas with wounds or pain.
In relieving nausea and vomiting caused by the antiretroviral drugs, HIV/AIDS patients can drink ginger tea. This helps in relaxing the stomach and reduces a bloated stomach.
Some researchers also show that 250 mg of Zintona EC (ginger extract) help in mild reduction of pain especially with patients suffering from osteoarthritis. Moreover, ginger is also very useful in diabetic patients. It assists in lowering the blood sugar levels to most commonly people who are either insulin resistant or have a rapidly low insulin level. This health benefit can only be observed after using it for eight apparent weeks.
Cinnamon is very useful in treating type 2 diabetes. This can be done in two distinct ways. The first method is that cinnamon reduces blood pressure through vasodilation. Cinnamon is also helpful to people who are insulin resistance. It reduces insulin body resistance, thus lowering the overall blood sugar levels up to 29 percent. Moreover, cinnamon is also helpful in treating the symptoms of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. It does this by boosting the motor functions.
The vegan diet is the best nutritional approach for patients who are hypertensive, diabetic or suffering from cancer. Veganism consists of essential herbs and spices that work well with the genetics thus helping them to improve their health status level. Start taking note of the herbs that are hidden around your kitchen and use them for your benefit!