Herbs are one of the only calorie free ways to add flavor to your food and water, while also getting incredible health benefits. Herbs have power, herbs heal and herbs can be included in your life effortlessly.
Almost all herbs have medicinal properties, but some of the most common and powerful are Peppermint, Mint, Thyme, Basil, Rosemary and Chives. Herbs can provide immediate relief of many symptoms such as stomach problems and coughs yet, they may also help prevent disease.
Herbs are easily transportable and affordable for all. You can grow them in your garden, a window box or a small pot. Herbs are also available in the form of essential oils and supplements (although when taking it in those forms, you need to be aware of any possible contraindications)
Peppermint (Mint) has many uses from helping you feel alert to soothing an upset stomach. Mint is an easy herb to grow, but be sure to keep it separate from other herbs, since it doesn’t play nice. It’s greedy in space and will take over a pot, but it grows back each year.
Peppermint can help you digest food easily, especially if you feel bloated or uncomfortable. Peppermint works in your digestive system because it helps relax the muscles of your stomach, allowing it to empty. I use mint in two forms: leaves and Young Living essential oil form. If I feel as if I’m bloated or ate too much of something, I put a drop of peppermint oil on my tongue and a few drops above and below my belly button. Literally within 15 minutes, I begin to feel relief. My teenage kids swear by this oil too for its quick results and ease of use and portability. We have also discovered that a few drops of Peppermint oil on your temples can relieve a headache fast without having to take painkillers. If you’re tired , try inhaling peppermint to feel more alert
Peppermint also provides relief by helping to open your airway and sinuses when you suffer from colds and allergies. The menthol in Peppermint can help loosen congestion and calm a cough by thinning mucous when it’s inhaled. Try making some tea with Mint leaves by pouring hot water over the fresh mint leaves, or buy peppermint tea bags next time you have a cold.
I also use Peppermint essential oil when I cook, adding it to a raw chocolate sauce I make and water. More yummy ways to combine Mint are Mojitos, with citrus fruit, lamb, or with roasted zucchini.
Chives are filled with quercetin, which is believed to inhibit certain tumor cells. Chives are in the family of plants touted to help prevent cancer, like onions and garlic. Chives also contain allicin, which has been shown to lower the amount of bad cholesterol you produce and keep your blood pressure low.
Chives are chockfull of choline, a B vitamin, linked to better sleep, learning and memory. Choline may also ease depression symptoms. Chives are a milder form of onions lending their flavor to many dishes, as well as being a great way to get them into kid’s diets.
Another herb considered to be a brain booster is Rosemary. Science shows that even a small whiff of Rosemary’s oil may improve your memory. Try mixing some Young Living Rosemary essential oil with a drop of coconut or olive oil and add a few drops to your wrist and sniff throughout the day or right before you need to be Sharp.
Research also shows that soaking meats in a marinade that contains Rosemary can significantly reduce the cancer causing compounds known as HCA (heterocyclic amines) that form when you grill beef.
Rosemary is also another herb that can fight indigestion and soothe your stomach. This herb is approved in the EU to ease dyspepsia, in capsule form. Smart ways to add Rosemary to your diet are tomato sauces, tuna salad, sprinkled on chicken or use the sprigs as skewers and pierce them through Shrimp and grill.
A very common, well-known herb is a huge inflammation zapper. Basil, one of the oldest and easy to find herbs, can help fight arthritis, heart disease and diabetes. Basil strong compound, Eugenol, which has inflammation reducing properties that block inflammation the same way that aspirin and ibuprofen do. Basil comes in many forms too; Holy Basil (a stronger version), tulsi, and sweet basil. It can be grown, taken in capsule form or as an essential oil.
Basil extract may help diabetics manage their blood sugar levels since early research shows it may help reduce the amount of glucose traveling through the bloodstream.
Basil is a no brainer when it comes to ways that it can be incorporated into your diet. You can order your pizza with fresh basil leaves on it. Try making fresh pesto, or add the fresh leaves to salads like Caprese salad (tomato, mozzarella and basil leaves), and fresh sauces. Add them to your dishes toward the end, so the live healthy oils don’t get denatured through over heating.
Last but not least as we approach winter with it’s flu and cold prevalence, add Thyme to your diet and benefit from the bacteria fighting properties it will give you. Thyme is known as an antiseptic, it contains thymol, sometimes found in mouthwash. Thyme can also be used as a cough suppressant and to tame acne.
Dr. Oz recommends a recipe from a Dr. who’s an alternative medicine specialist the next time you have a cough. Place 4 tablespoons of fresh or dried thyme in a saucepan; cover with 1 cup of boiling water; steep for 15 minutes. Strain and add the juice of 1 lemon and ¼ cup of raw honey. This will stay in your fridge for up to a week and adults can take 1 to 2 teaspoons every 3-4 hours. Young Living also makes a supplement that is thyme based with all other natural ingredients that can be helpful.
If you are dealing with acne, look for products with properties of thyme in them because research shows that this compound is better at zapping acne than benzyl peroxide.
Lastly, the most progressive and exciting information on Thyme shows that one of the compounds called rosmarinic acid have been found to prevent tumor growth, giving thyme the power to deter cancer.
Thyme is another herb that’s easy to incorporate in your diet through cooking. Thyme can easily be added to soups, salad dressing, poultry seasoning and sauces. It also should be added toward the end of cooking to retain the best flavor and healthy compounds. Thyme can also be steeped in boiling water to create a tea to sip on.
These 5 herbs are the tip of the iceberg to health and symptom relief. Healers around the globe have been using these herbs for centuries. Many drugs are made from herbal compounds yet the additives add side effects. Most herbs are safe, especially in leaf form when you can cook with them. Try mixing them into your recipes, buying some Young Living oils and keeping them in your home or bag and/or growing them fresh.
Think of this as a fun challenge… Find your sense of culinary adventure in the kitchen with yourself, friends or other half and get cooking and tasting to live longer.
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