Herbs and spices have been used since forever. People like to add them to their food and also to treat numerous health conditions. When used topically and orally, herbs and spices are as efficient than conventional medication.
Definition of herbs and spices
According to Cambridge Dictionary, a herb is “a type of plant with soft stems” or plants that give flavor to foods. Spices are flavorings for foods made from part of a plant (seeds, fruits, roots).
Do you know that some of the current prescription medication is made from herbs?
- Morphine is made from seed pods of the poppy
- Penicillin is related to bread mold
- Digoxin is made from foxglove
- Salicylic acid is made from willow bark
- About 60% of cancer therapeutics are plant-based
- About 70% of 177 cancer drugs are made from natural ingredients and combined with chemistry
Herbs and spices that soothe and heal the body
Curcumin is a strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent. It enhances digestion and prevents Alzheimer’s disease.
Ginger treats nausea, and enhances digestion. It can be used to relieve joint pain. According to studies, ginger can be used in the treatment of cardiovascular disorders. It relaxes blood vessels and improves blood flow.
3. Black pepper
It lowers cholesterol, reduces inflammation and provides antioxidant power.
It’s one of the oldest spices used by people. Half a teaspoon reduces blood sugar by 20% in those dealing with diabetes. It lowers cholesterol and enhances digestion. Cinnamon stimulates blood flow and reduces peripheral vascular resistance.
Coriander aids in the treatment of diabetes and cholesterol. Studies have shown that it reduces platelet aggression.
Relieves allergy reactions in nasal cavities and sinus congestion. It’s a powerful antioxidants and the smell of rosemary improves brain function.
Allicin gives garlic its smell and healing power. It optimizes the function of the cardiovascular system, lowers cholesterol and regulates blood pressure. Garlic has antioxidant and antibacterial power.
8. Cayenne Pepper
When used in ointments, it relieves the symptoms caused by arthritis. Capsaicin warms the body and relieves joint pain. It promotes a healthy fat-burning process and decreases appetite.
Cloves prevent gases, increase hydrochloric acid in the stomach and enhance digestion. You can use it to treat acid reflux and absorb B12, calcium, iron and protein. Dentists use clove essential oil to treat toothache.
Use thyme in the treatment of bronchitis and other respiratory infections. It reduces the production of mucus and relieves coughs. Thyme inhibits the growth of bacteria.