If I would have been told YEARS ago that herbs and spices are natural remedies for many health issues, I wouldn’t believe it. However, upon research a couple of years ago, I’ve discovered that herbs and spices are indeed nature’s medicine. In fact, herbal medicine has been around since B.C! Read the history of Herbalism here.
Herbal medicine involves herbalists, herbal medicine practitioners, and even some traditional medicine practitioners using plants, or parts of plants, to treat injuries, illnesses, and improve overall health and wellness. That includes seeds, leaves, stems, bark, roots, flowers, and extracts. The best thing about all of this is that we use many of these herbs and spices for food flavoring. Talk about easy access to the type of healing medicine our body needs! How awesome that we could just go to our local market and head to the spices and herbs section.
Today, many holistic health enthusiasts vouch that Pharmaceutical medications are becoming less popular due to side effects and costs. People are opening their eyes and minds to seeking alternative medicine and choosing the natural approach to overall wellness.
Check out the top 12 herbs and spices for healing!
- Cloves-Reduces inflammation, temporarily alleviates a toothache, relieves upper respiratory infections, treats scrapes and bruises, enhances sexual health, and improves digestion.
- Cinnamon- An antioxidant, reduces risks of heart disease, lowers blood sugar levels, fights bacterial and fungal infections.
- Oregano– Stimulates the immune system, blood thinning properties, anti-cancer properties, anti-inflammatory, and anti-ulcer properties.
- Cumin– Promotes digestion, a source of iron, promotes fat loss and weight reduction.
- Rosemary– Enhances memory and concentration, fights cancer, prevents brain-aging, and neurological protection. Rosemary is usually safe when taken in low doses. However, extremely large doses can trigger serious side effects, although this is rare. Side effects include vomiting, spasms, coma, pulmonary edema (fluid in the lungs). High doses of rosemary may cause miscarriage; therefore it is not advisable for pregnant women to take any supplemental rosemary.
- Garlic- Controls blood pressure, immunity enhancer, healthy bone tissue, treats yeast infections, fights blood clots, and reduces asthma episodes.
- Mint– Fights nausea, dizziness, and headaches. Relieves nipple pain due to breastfeeding, improves blood circulation, proper digestion, treats nasal congestion, relieves muscle pain, treats dandruff and head lice, boosts immunity, fights weight loss, and promotes eye health.
- Ginger– Treats nausea and stomach aches, reduces muscle pain/soreness, lowers blood sugars, fights heart disease, reduces menstrual pain, lowers cholesterol levels, and fights infections.
- Turmeric– Anti-inflammatory/anti-oxidant, linked to improving brain function, lowers risk of heart disease.
- Black Pepper– Stimulates digestion, relieves cold and cough, enables weight loss, fights infection, and prevents asthma.
- Basil– Stress management, strong bones, fights post-menstrual syndrome, aids metabolism, a source of energy, healthy eyes, and anti-aging properties.
- Mustard– Promotes digestion, anti-oxidant, treats the flu, relieves aches and pains, reduces respiratory congestion, cures ringworms, treats itchy scalp, soothes a sore throat, accelerated hair growth, and heals burns.