Most likely herbs are part of your kitchen cabinet. Most definitely, your ancestors used herbs as medicine, they may have used it to enhance their food, but today we use herbs to season our food.
Using Herbs as Medicine are not the same as spices. Herbs generally refer to the leafy green or flowering part of a plant – fresh or dried. Thyme, Basil, Cilantro, Bay, Fennel, Lavender, Oregano or Mint are examples of herbs you might already know well. Your ancestors were smarter than you might realise. They used herbs as an anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti-thrombotic an anti-hypertensive. They also used is to regulate glucose and help protect your nervous system. Modern science is now finding out that herbs contain something called polyphenols. Polyphenols help fight inflammation and oxidative damage caused by stress, aging & poor lifestyles. These polyphenols are the reason for an improvement in your symptoms.
Ashwagandha, for example, is an adaptogenic herb that can help reduce your cortisol levels. Barberry can help fight infections as it acts as an antifungal and antibacterial. Basil acts as an anti-inflammatory. Bay leaves, commonly used in Indian cooking acts as an antimicrobial, antifungal and antioxidant. Cardamom can supply eighty percent of your daily requirement of manganese and also lower your blood pressure. Feverfew is used to ease the pain from a migraine attack as well as arthritis pain. Kava helps in alleviating anxiety and insomnia.
Now maybe you might look at herbs in your kitchen differently. People today have become too accustomed to instant relief. Waiting a few days to relieve a symptom is intolerable. There is a straightforward solution – if you know your ailment, include the relevant herbs in your diet. There are virtually no side effects.
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