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7 Fabulous Herbs for Your Health

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We grow them in our gardens, buy them at farmers markets, add to food and drinks, and enjoy their scents in soaps and perfumes – they are herbs. From powerful disease fighting antioxidants, anti-inflammatory properties, and antibacterial properties, herbs offer a number of health benefits and many are used medicinally. So, let us all throw our hands up to the superpowers of these seven fabulous herbs, then season away!

1.  Rosemary

  • Since inflammation is a trigger and possible risk factor for many chronic diseases, it is good news that the compounds in rosemary appear to help reduce inflammation in the body.
  • Ingesting rosemary may also increase circulation and improve digestion, and is also being studied for its role in heart health.
  • Contains fiber, iron, and calcium.
  • Has a high concentration of the antioxidant carnosol which may have benefits in cancer treatment and healthy digestion.
  • Fights aging! Its oils are used in soap making and helps to fight aging by rejuvenating the small blood vessels under the skin.
  • * Bonus * Use as an antiseptic. Boil rosemary sprigs in water and use the solution to clean the kitchen and bathroom.

2.  Oregano

  • Oregano is among the highest in antioxidants of the dried herbs.
  • Has demonstrated antimicrobial properties to protect against food-borne pathogens.
  • 1 teaspoon of dried oregano has as much antioxidant power as 3 cups of chopped up broccoli!
  • Oregano has antiviral, antibacterial, antibiotic, and cancer fighting properties.
  • Its oil and leaves are used medicinally to treat congestion, coughs, fevers, body aches, and illness.
  • To create an antiviral, anti bacterial, antimicrobial and cancer fighting herb blend, combine oregano with basil, marjoram, thyme, rosemary, and garlic.

3.  Dill

  • Contains iron, calcium, manganese, vitamin A, and vitamin C.
  • Its oils may help neutralize carcinogens.
  • Has antibacterial properties.
  • It contains a variety of nutrients, but most are lost when heated to high temperatures. To keep dill nutritious, use it in raw recipes or add to foods cooked at low temperatures.
  • Dill is known for its ability to settle the stomach and, therefore, can be used as a digestive aid. Its dietary fiber is believed to assist in calming an upset stomach, reduce acid reflux, and can prevent diarrhea.
  • Is a great plant-based source of calcium which promotes healthy bones and teeth.
  • The seeds and essential oils have been used as a calming aid and a possible cure for insomnia.

4.  Basil

  • Has awesome disease fighting and health promoting potential.
  • Contains anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antiviral properties.
  • Basil is an excellent and rich source of magnesium; improves blood flow and promotes cardiovascular health, and keeps bones strong to help prevent osteoarthritis.
  • It has been used in treating digestive disorders, and is being studied for its anti-cancer properties.
  • Heart healthy! – rich in beta-carotene and other carotenoids with powerful antioxidants that protect cells from free radical damage and cholesterol.

5.  Thyme

  • Contains a good source of vitamins and minerals like vitamin K, iron, manganese, fiber, and calcium.
  • Two teaspoons contains more than half of your daily dietary intake of vitamin K, and it protects cell membranes.
  • The flowers, leaves, and oil are used as medicine.
  • Has been found to relieve such conditions as muscle pain, chromic fatigue, depression, anxiety, stress, and skin problems.
  • It’s a member of the mint family and contains thymol, a potent antioxidant, which is also the potent ingredient in many mouthwash brands.
  • Thyme water can be swished around in the mouth to treat gum infections or to heal wounds after teeth removal surgery.
  • Teas made with thyme can lead to speedy recovery from illness.
  • * Bonus * Water boiled with thyme can be used as homemade spray cleaners. The solution can also be added to bathwater for treatment of wounds on the body.

6.  Lavender

  • A good source of vitamin C, vitamin A, calcium, and iron.
  • Lavender is a very calming herb.
  • The scent of fresh or dried lavender can put you in a relaxed state by lowering your heart rate and blood pressure.
  • The flower and the oil of lavender are used to make medicine.
  • It is one of the most powerful remedies from the plant world – offers both physical and emotional relief for a variety of issues such as burns, insect bites, migraines, insomnia, infections, skin problems, stress, and tension.
  • Used for a variety of digestive problems like bloating.

7.  Parsley

  • A vitamin rich diuretic herb packed with healthful vitamins and powerful nutrients.
  • Rich in many vital vitamins including vitamin C,  vitamin B 12, vitamin K, vitamin A, and hearty-healthy folate.
  • It keeps your immune system strong, tones your bones, and heals the nervous system.
  • Regular use of parsley can help control your blood pressure.
  • Get relief from joint pain due to the herb’s anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Has antibacterial properties and helps to stop the growth of bad bacteria.
  • It acts as a diuretic that stimulates the bladder, kidneys, liver, digestive system, thyroid, and stomach to work properly.
  • Parsley is packed with chlorophyll which cleanses and oxygenates your blood.

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