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Herbs have been used for centuries by many cultures to help alleviate common complaints, but nowadays we are much quicker to rush to the medicine cabinet than our herb gardens. It’s time to go back to basics and see how much nature can heal you, naturally! You can learn about all of these remedies in video form below!

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rosemary herb

Rosemary

Coughing? Add Rosemary!
The eycalyptol in this aromatic herb is proven to loosen chest congestion, making phlegm easier to expel. Plus, rosemary is rich in anti-inflammatory tannins, which soothe a sore throat. (1)(2)

mint herb

Mint

Upset Stomach? Add Mint!
Peppermint contains menthol, a natural plant compound that relaxes pain-inducing intestinal spasms. This reduces belly discomfort by 40 percent. (3)

oregano herb

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Oregano

Menstrual Cramps? Add Oregano!
Enjoying 2 tsp of fresh oregano daily during menstruation can reduce or eliminates cramps. That’s because this herb’s thymol and carvacrol, relax uterine muscles to prevent painful contractions. (4)(5)

turmeric powder

Curry Powder

Achy joints? Add Curry Powder!
The curcumin in curry inhibits the body’s production of prostaglandin E2, an inflammatory compound that over-sensitizes nerves. This blunts joint and muscle pain as effectively as prescription medications. (6)

dill herb

Dill

Upset G.I. Tract? Add Dill!
Indian scientists found that dill’s limonene works as well as prescription antibiotics at killing harmful intestinal bacteria such as E. coli. (7)(8)

parsley herb

Parsley

Bloated? Add Parsley!
Thanks to its stores or apiol and myristicin, parsley is a natural diuretic that relieves bloat-inducing water retention by preventing salt from being reabsorbed into bodily tissue. (9)

cayenne pepper

Cayenne

Congested? Add Cayenne!
The fiery capsaicin in cayenne deactivates substance P, a neaurotransmitter linked to inflammation. The result is less sinus congestion and pressure. (10)

basil herb

Basil

Feeling Down? Add Basil!
The eugenol and rosmarinic acid in basil boost the brain’s production of dopamine and seratonin. According to Indian researchers, this could lead to sunnier moods in as little as three days. (11)

cilantro or coriander

Cilantro/Corriander

Feeling Tired? Add Cilantro/Corriander!
The carboxylic acid in cilantro binds to heavy metals such as mercury in the blood and carries them out of the body. Their removal reverses the toxin buildup that causes chronic fatigue, joint pain and depression. (12) (13)

ginger herb

Ginger

Having Nausea? Add Ginger!
Ginger’s gingerol and shogaol calm digestive tract spasms to reduce nausea better than motion-sickness drugs. (14)

There you have it, nature’s medicine cabinet. Not only are herbs very healing but they are also nutritional powerhouses! I believe everyone should be growing their own little herb gardens on their windowsills, as they have so many uses and health benefits.
So, have you ever used a herb to help heal yourself? Comment below!

Stay healthy!
~Anthea <3

SOURCES:
(1) http://www.aromamd.net/edu_asthma.pdf
(2) http://voices.yahoo.com/rosemary-tea-fights-cold-cough-naturally-12015010.html?cat=5
(3) http://www.livestrong.com/article/520118-do-mints-help-an-upset-stomach/
(4) http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19075694
(5) http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=73
(6) http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19671757
(7) http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12797755
(8) http://www.wellnessresources.com/studies/antibacterial_activity_of_d-limonene/
(9) http://voices.yahoo.com/four-foods-natural-diuretics-3699952.html
(10) http://www.theaword.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=366:capsaicin
(11) http://medicinehunter.com/holy-basil
(12) http://www.livestrong.com/article/194198-cilantro-as-a-chelator/
(13) http://www.ultrawellnesscenter.com/downloads/Toxins-and-Obesity.pdf
(14) http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10793599


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