Herbs have a very high medicinal value and have been used since ancient times by the Greek, Egyptians and Chinese. Some of these herbs are also used as culinary herbs or kitchen herbs that you probably recognize by the flavour and taste that it adds to your food. However, some of these herbs could have high medicinal value and a good understanding of that might help the next time you catch a bad cold or run out of antiseptic solution. However, if you are on certain medications, then do not under any circumstances take these herbs to be a complete substitute unless under the guidance of a medical expert. Pregnant and lactating women should not use any of these herbs unless under the medical guidance of a qualified medical expert.
Below Listed Are Some Of These Powerful Culinary Herbs And Their Individual Health Benefits:
This herb comes from India and has been extensively used all over Asia since ages. Highly medicinal in both fresh and dried forms, this herb is rich in antiseptic and antifungal properties. You probably have eaten dried basil in your mayonnaise or fresh basil in your salad without really knowing how healthy and nutritious this herb is. A lot of spas also use powdered dried basil as a face pack in naturally treating acne because of its antifungal qualities. The juice of fresh basil leaves can be applied on minor cuts or knee scrapes to speed up the healing process. The same juice of fresh basil leaves can be taken orally to treat intestinal parasites. Basil is effective in killing a lot of bacteria lurking in your system such as E.coli and Staph. Basil leaves can also be added to tea and that gives it a good flavour and also is good for the stomach. Basil is anti-inflammatory and that makes it good for the cardiac health. Another reason for basil to be good or the heart is that it contains magnesium that helps deal with irregular heart rhythms and palpitations by calming down and relaxing the blood vessels.
This green Mediterranean herb that is often seen only as a dressing has some very useful health benefits. Vegans and lactose intolerant can count on parsley for calcium, and those with bone problems can get vitamin K in addition to calcium. Parsley is also rich in antioxidants such as vitamins A and C. The favonoid luteolin protects the cells from damage caused by oxygen radicals. Being a good source of folic acid and B vitamins, parsley is good for a healthy heart. Those who are counting calories need to remember how essential calcium is for the body and so parsley garnishing on the salads can be helpful while milk and other dairy products might seem too greasy and high in calories.
Fresh thyme is a good source of dietary fiber, iron and vitamin C. Commonly added to eggs, soups and pastas, this herb can be used to cure many maladies. Adding thyme to your soups is an easy way to get rid of congestion, cold, asthma or bronchitis. Shigella can cause stomach ache by easily entering the system of those who are fond or swimming. Fresh thyme can help deal with Shigella and other parasites such as E.coli.
This is one of the most medicinal herbs and its antibacterial and anti-fungal properties make it most effective on minor cuts and wounds. This herb has been used since ages by the Chinese, Greek and Egyptians because of its high medicinal value and ability to treat various illnesses. Sage is also effective in bringing down dental plaque as well as reducing the redness and swelling caused by gingivitis. If too much work is stressing you out and you are losing appetite then this herb can cure loss of appetite and is also effective on gastritis and indigestion. From common cold to asthma, this herb’s effects are often positive because the antibacterial property combats common cold while the anti-inflammatory property takes care of the swollen airways that cause asthma.
Myrrh is said to be the most effective herb when it comes to a bad cold or congestion. It can also help those suffering from bronchitis by being effective on the bronchial tract. This herb’s effectiveness can also be associated with its ability to promote mucosal circulation. Myrrh also promotes healthy appetite and relieves from gastric problems. A homemade mouthwash or mouth rinse can also be made with this herb.
Marjoram is useful in lowering anxiety and that makes it ideal for those suffering from hypertension and stress. Marjoram’s calming effect makes it a treat after a strenuous day and you can also make a healthy sleep aid drink with it. If you have a sudden tooth ache or gum problem, then this herb can relieve you from it until you get to the Dentist’s. Marjoram is also considered to be effective on joint pains and sore muscles which are common in those trying to burn calories faster. Marjoram controls high blood pressure and is also good for the heart as it prevents from plaque build-up in the arteries.
Boiling some rosemary and rinsing with this can bring down dental conditions such as gingivitis, halitosis and plaque formation. Rosemary is antibacterial and so it can be used on minor cuts and wounds. Besides that rosemary is also effective as a natural relaxant and is useful in relieving stress, anxiety and depression. In aromatherapy, rosemary is highly regarded for its ability to cure insomnia.
A healthy cilantro dressing can give you many health benefits and a good flavour. You really don’t need carrots for better eyesight if you enjoy a healthy dressing of cilantro on your salads. A hundred grams of cilantro contains 6748 IU of vitamin A and is also rich in dietary fiber, iron and folates. Cilantro also contains potassium and that’s essential for a stable heart function and in fighting stress caused by sodium.
Wormwood is an excellent herb that can heal insect bites effectively and that’s why it’s a camper’s favorite pick. This herb also cures indigestion, stomach spasms and excess perspiration. Excess perspiration if ignored can cause health issues connected with dehydration and needs to be dealt with.
Lemon balm is also known as balm mint and is a member of the mint family. This herb is rich in antioxidants and effective in the detoxification process. Those with long term digestion problems can try lemon balm juice or tea. It is said that the Europeans used lemon balm to cure thyroid-related problems because this herb has the ability to regulate the thyroid function. Lemon balm is said to have a calming effect and a tea made from boiling lemon balm in water can help cure insomnia and relieve stress. You can also sweeten this drink with some honey.