Herbs have been used for centuries by many cultures to help alleviate common complaints, but nowadays we are much quicker to rush to the medicine cabinet than our herb gardens. It’s time to go back to basics and see how much nature can heal you, naturally. You can learn about all of these remedies in video below!
Coughing? Add Rosemary!
The eycalyptol in this aromatic herb is proven to loosen chest congestion, making phlegm easier to expel. Plus, rosemary is rich in anti-inflammatory tannins, which soothe a sore throat. (1)(2)
Upset Stomach? Add Mint!
Peppermint contains menthol, a natural plant compound that relaxes pain-inducing intestinal spasms. This reduces belly discomfort by 40 percent. (3)
Menstrual Cramps? Add Oregano!
Enjoying 2 tsp of fresh oregano daily during menstruation can reduce or eliminates cramps. That’s because this herb’s thymol and carvacrol, relax uterine muscles to prevent painful contractions. (4)(5)
Achy joints? Add Curry Powder!
The curcumin in curry inhibits the body’s production of prostaglandin E2, an inflammatory compound that over-sensitizes nerves. This blunts joint and muscle pain as effectively as prescription medications. (6)
Upset G.I. Tract? Add Dill!
Indian scientists found that dill’s limonene works as well as prescription antibiotics at killing harmful intestinal bacteria such as E. coli. (7)(8)
Bloated? Add Parsley!
Thanks to its stores or apiol and myristicin, parsley is a natural diuretic that relieves bloat-inducing water retention by preventing salt from being reabsorbed into bodily tissue. (9)
Congested? Add Cayenne!
The fiery capsaicin in cayenne deactivates substance P, a neurotransmitter linked to inflammation. The result is less sinus congestion and pressure. (10)
Feeling Down? Add Basil!
The eugenol and rosmarinic acid in basil boost the brain’s production of dopamine and serotonin. According to Indian researchers, this could lead to sunnier moods in as little as three days. (11)
Feeling Tired? Add Cilantro/Corriander!
The carboxylic acid in cilantro binds to heavy metals such as mercury in the blood and carries them out of the body. Their removal reverses the toxin buildup that causes chronic fatigue, joint pain and depression. (12) (13)
Having Nausea? Add Ginger!
Ginger’s gingerol and shogaol calm digestive tract spasms to reduce nausea better than motion-sickness drugs.
There you have it, nature’s medicine cabinet. Not only are herbs very healing but they are also nutritional powerhouses! I believe everyone should be growing their own little herb gardens on their windowsills, as they have so many uses and health benefits.
So, have you ever used a herb to help heal yourself? Comment below!
Anthea’s goal is to educate people on healthy living, preventing dis-ease, and wading through all the misinformation that is out there to get to the truth of what is really healthy for you. She runs the website http://alkalineanthea.com/ and a YouTube channel called AlkalineAnthea where she talks about health, longevity, recipes, herbs, superfoods, and wholefoods. She is the author of several wholefood recipe books and shares some of the healthiest recipes ever! This article first appeared at Collective Evolution.