Herbs that you already probably have in your house and possibly growing in your yard have so many wonderful health benefits even though most of us only think of them in the sense of making our dishes more flavorful. Here are a few of her favorite herbs and their health benefits.
- Basil- helps with digestion and relieves a lot of gas and bloating, is perfect if you deal with colitis (inflammation in the colon) and can be enjoyed naturally or steeping in a tea, high in Vitamin A & C, it can also help with anxiety and has a calming affect because it has a sedative affect. If you deal with anxiety or sleep deprivation, make sure to add more basil into your diet through pesto's and such.
- Cayenne Pepper-has a component called capsaicin which blocks pain signals from the nerve endings and is good for pain relieving, you can create a salve with shea butter, cayenne pepper, beeswax, and St John's wort to massage into your pain areas. Great for shingles or neuropathy and psoriasis. Also great for colds and congestion, make a tea and put a little bit of cayenne pepper to help relieve the congestion.
- Ginger-Anti-nausea for pregnancy, car sickness, also great for gas and bloating. If you have intestinal parasites make sure to add soups to your ginger to help get rid of them. If you get to much ginger in your diet you will also deal with gas and bloating, so don't overdue it. It increases digestion, circulation, and sweating. You can add ginger into your bath to help with detoxing. (It does also work at a blood thinner, so if you are already on a blood thinner make sure to seek medical advice).
- Garlic-anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-viral which works on every system in the body.
Make sure to use a lot of herbs within your cooking, buy organic, grow your own and get creative with them.
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