Today, I would like to share this great article that is written by Christina Sarich . Christina Sarich is a humanitarian and freelance writer helping you to Wake up Your Sleepy Little Head, and See the Big Picture. Her blog is Yoga for the New World. Her latest book is Pharma Sutra: Healing the Body And Mind Through the Art of Yoga.
In this article, she recommends 8 healing herbs that we must have in our kitchen and she also explains the healing benefits from those herbs as well. Personally I haven’t used Sage and Clove to cook. I use those in an essential oil form. I hope you find this article useful and share this with someone you care 🙂
Basil rests among the most basic of healing herbs everyone should have in the kitchen. Basil is essentially a legal alternative to marijuana. BCP, or (E)-beta-caryophyllene, a natural anti-inflammatory compound also found in oregano and medicinal cannabis, offers an alternative to medical marijuana because it has the same anti-inflammatory effects without the mental and neurological side-effects. BCP in basil is also believed to combat bowel inflammation and rheumatoid arthritis.
Cloves have a super high ORAC value, which means they help prevent cells from being oxidized in your body. Ground or whole cloves are also helpful for controlling insulin levels, staving off the inflammatory response of the body, and treating multiple health challenges from toothaches to the common cold.
Cloves are antibacterial and anti-viral, too. The Indian Institute for Spices research has recently found new varieties of cloves as well, so you can try multiple types to get your antioxidant boost.
3. Cayenne Pepper
If you like it spicy, you’re in luck. Capsaicin, the chemical in peppers that make them hot to the taste, is also an amazing antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. It boosts the metabolism too, so you are less likely to be overweight if you indulge in a little spicy salsa, or add cayenne to one half an avocado or even watermelon slices on a warm day.
While you are enjoying a little extra heat, you are also preventing ailments including: Heartburn, Delirium, Tremors, Gout, Paralysis, Fever, Dyspepsia, Flatulence, Sore throat, Atonic dyspepsia, Migraine, headaches, Hemorrhoids, Menorrhagia in women, Nausea, tonsillitis, Scarlet fever, Diphtheria.
You are also helping to detox the blood and keep your vital organs working in tip-top form. So, indulge in that heat habit. It’s good for you.
Rosemary is extremely aromatic and can be a wonderful addition to vegetable or meat dishes, alike. It is a super antioxidant. That means it fights free radicals in your body – keeps you from aging fast, and prevents a host of other diseases. If you add rosemary to meat that you grill, you can prevent the production of harmful compounds called HCAs (heterocyclic amines) – these compounds instigate DNA damage in your body.
5. Caraway Seed
Caraway is a member of the parsley family. Aside from being full of antioxidant flavanoids like lutein and carotene, the food also contains several health benefiting volatile oil compounds such as carvone, limonene, carveol, pinen, cumuninic aldehyde, furfurol,and thujone.
Caraway seeds are known to have antioxidant, digestive, carminative, and anti-flatulent properties. These little seeds also contain Vitamins A, E, C, and B complex as well as important minerals like iron, copper, calcium, potassium, magnesium, manganese, zinc, and selenium.
They taste great in vegetarian dishes, like cabbage with carraway, among other recipes.
Not only does sage make soups more savory and smell amazing in roasted meat or vegetable dishes, it also aids the body in numerous ways. Sage has been used to treat everything from sore throats to memory loss.
Preliminary research has shown that the herb may improve some symptoms of early Alzheimer’s disease by preventing a key enzyme from destroying acetylcholine, a brain chemical involved in memory and learning.
In another study, college students who took sage extracts in capsule form performed significantly better on memory tests, and their moods improved, too.
Cinnamon is a powerhouse of antioxidant strength that can fight cancer, neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, and even helps with pre-diabetes and diabetes by stabilizing blood sugar levels.
One of the best healing herbs, turmeric is an amazing COX-2 inhibitor — like a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory but without the nasty side effects. It has also been found that a daily dose of curcumin (the compound in turmeric) is just as effective as ibuprofen for osteoarthritis in the knee.
It lowers inflammation in the body overall, and therefore all the diseases that are associated to that condition – from cancer to brain fog.