We all know that different herbs, spices, and plants have different beneficial factors.
Dating back to Ancient Egypt, our ancestors have used herbs in a multitude of different ways for their health and wellness. One of the most common being herbal tea.
Today I’m going to walk you through the top five herbs that have the best health benefits. Of course, depending on what you might need specifically, this list can change.
For the sake of this blog post, I’m going to talk about overall health & wellness benefits.
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It’s a common understanding that cinnamon is a great and quite delicious spice.
From putting it in our teas, to adding it to our baked goods to tie everything together.
Cinnamon also has a lot of great medicinal & healthy qualities. It’s loaded with antioxidants, which inhibit oxidation in your body that can damage the cells in organisms.
This spice has anti-inflammatory properties, which can help control inflammation in your body to keep it from going from something that helps you fight infections, into something chronic and dangerous for your body’s tissue.
Cinnamon is also great for diabetics given that it has powerful blood-sugar-lowering properties, improves sensitivity to hormone insulin, and decreases the amount of glucose entering your bloodstream after a meal.
When I think of peppermint I think of toothpaste & candy canes.
But this herb has a lot more packed inside.
Peppermint tea is often used as a tasty, caffeine-free drink. Peppermint leaves are great for relieving digestive problems like gas, bloating, and indigestion.
It’s also great for aromatherapy and used to relieve headaches and migraines & improve sleep. Or consumed for pain relief and to relax your muscles.
It’ll improve your mood, clear up your sinuses, & leave you with minty fresh breath.
In fact, my grandpa once told me how whenever he would chew tobacco or smoke, he’d keep a container of fresh peppermint leaves to chew on after so that his breath would stay fresh.
Rosemary is one of many “staple-spices” meaning that it is widely used to bring savory dishes together and add a beautiful flavor and aroma to your meal.
It can also be found in teas & in oil extracts for aromatherapy.
Rosemary is also rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. It boosts your immune system and improves blood circulation.
This spice has the ability to improve your memory, help you focus & stay alert. As well as improving your mood and relieving stress.
Rosemary can also help protect your skin from sun damage.
The above herbs can be found in the tea blends on my website! For the last two, I’m going to talk a bit about herbs that are not in our tea (yet?).
Turmeric is one of the most effective and nutritionally beneficial spices. It’s used to create beautifully delicious curry, and has components called curcuminoids that have powerful medicinal properties.
The most important component is curcumin. It has strong anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
However, curcumin is hard to absorb into the bloodstream, so consuming it with something like black pepper, which enhances absorption into the bloodstream, is best to get the full effect.
Turmeric can also help in treating depression given that depression is often linked to low levels of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), and turmeric is known to raise the levels of BDNF.
Last but definitely not least, is ginger. If your family is anything like mine, you grew up knowing the “all-powerful” herb that’ll cure just about any sickness.
But seriously, ginger is a pretty serious herb. Even as we fight to stay safe and healthy with a global pandemic in our face at all times, the ginger super-herb is here to show us how important it is for our health.
Ginger can help any form of nausea, especially morning sickness. If you know… you know.
It can act as a pain reliever, muscle relaxant, an anti-inflammatory supplement, lower blood pressure, treat indigestion, & help fight infections.
If ginger was a human, it’d be a super-human, and I would trust them with my life.
The Bottom Line
There are so many herbs and spices that have powerful properties that aid in improving our health and wellness.
Some you can start incorporating into your diet right now, and others you may want to consult your doctor first, especially if you have any underlying conditions that might make some herbs and spices have harmful side effects.
And with anything, you want to do your own research. Look up what herbal blends may work best for you, the best ways to implement them into your foods, and what may be harmful to you.
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