We present you one amazing coincidence – many of our favorite flavors come from spices and herbs which have different health benefits. Many of the flavors we love come from herbs and spices that are also good for our health. We use them in our everyday life and they can help us to overcome different everyday problems and even more.
Take oregano for example, you can use it to fight against bacteria, while turmeric can ease the pain in your joints and relieve asthma as well.
However the news is extending: a spicy curry or a fragrant pizza is certainly not the best way to use these nutritional herbs and spices. The standard advice which says that you need to take your nutrients from your food and not from your pills doesn’t apply for herbs. Remember that there are different cases and sometimes you cannot take the required doses from your food that will actually give you the optimal health benefit.
In some cases you can drink an herbal tea. It will help you, but you will also have to take supplements. We present you 6 amazing herbs that need to have a special place in your kitchen and how to use them.
Garlic (Allium sativum)
Health benefits: The popular and pungent bulb is heart-friendly: Mark Blumenthal, executive director and founder of the Austin, which is Texas-based American Botanical Council, says that in different studies, patients who had atherosclerosis consumed garlic and significantly decreased the plaque in the arteries.
He explains that garlic can slightly reduce the LDL, also known as bad cholesterol, and increase the HDL, the good cholesterol. It is good for reducing blood pressure and decreasing the potential risk of a stroke. Less built-up plaque means that there is less possibility for breaking the pieces off the artery walls and entering in the heart or brain.
Best dosage and form: For improving your artery health you should take 200 – 300 milligrams of normal garlic powder 3 times every day.
Note: If you regularly take warfarin or aspirin don’t use supplemental garlic, because it can thin out your blood. James Snow says that for this particular reason you shouldn’t use this supplement 14 days before a surgery. James Snow is chair of the herbal division of the botanical healing program at the Tai Sophia Institute in Laurel, Maryland.
Ginger (Zingiber officinale)
Health benefits: it is natural remedy that can help you with nausea. Different researches discover that ginger is also beneficial for post-chemotherapy nausea and for treating morning sickness as well. In some studies it was discovered that it is actually better than Dramamine for treating motion sickness.
Best dosage and form: if you have a motion sickness, you need to consume 500 mg of powdered ginger half an hour before traveling. You should continue to consume it on every 4 hours until your trip is over. You can also make an infusion – you have to leave your tea to steep 10-15 minutes. In boiling water add 1¼ 4 to 1 gr. of ginger and drink the mixture 3 times every day.
Note: if you are pregnant the maximum dosage should be 2 grams of ginger daily and in case of heartburn you should consume it with food.
Oregano (Origanum vulgare)
Health benefits: different studies discovered that oregano oil is perfect for fighting infections, because it contains two potent and amazing compounds: carvacrol and thymol. People who have problems with giardiasisis and diarrhea can use oregano. It will help them a lot.
This was said by David Bunting the director of regulatory and botanical affairs at the Herb Pharm in Williams, Oregon. However, oregano is mostly used for infections of the upper respiratory tract. It is amazing to use oregano for colds and coughs, but if your situation doesn’t get better you can consult with your physician.
Best dosage and form: the essential oil from oregano is actually the best way to use oregano. It is very powerful and if you don’t take it appropriately it can even burn your mouth. This was said by Glen Nagel, an associate professor and naturopath of botanical medicine at Bastyr University, in Seattle.
That is why you can also use a product that combines the liquid extract from oregano with the oregano essential oil. The dosage depends on the severity of the symptoms and from your weight. The doses can vary among 20 – 30 drops diluted in four ounces of water, twice in one day.
Note: None, except from the fact that it can burn your mouth.
Sage (Salvia officinalis)
Health benefits: for a long time sage was used as a traditional herbal medicine and like a brain booster. One small study conducted in Britain among healthy adults and participants who constantly consumed capsules from Spanish sage oil had better results on the test for word-recall test than the people who were in the control group.
There is a compound in the plant that actually inhibits the exact same enzyme which is targeted by drugs that are used for treating memory loss among patients who have Alzheimer’s disease. However there is no study that has researched the effect of this plant on patents that have Alzheimer’s disease. Sage was used as a classic remedy for treating sore throat because it has anti-septic properties.
Best dosage and form: patients that have Alzheimer’s disease need to take 30 drops of sage liquid extract 2-3 times in a day. The same dosage applies for people who want to stay healthy. If you want to cure sore throats you should drink sage tea or you can gargle with a diluted solution of sage liquid – approximately 10 – 20 drops, diluted in one cup of warm water.
Notes: In food and in normal doses there are no side effects. However if you use it for a longer period of time in higher dosage if can cause seizures.
Peppermint (Mentha x piperita)
Health benefits: this is an amazing herb that is excellent for stomach-calming. It is amazing for different digestive problems as well. Peppermint oil that comes in capsules that are enteric-coated is maybe one of the most efficient natural remedies for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
The reason is because these capsules are coated and they can easily pass through your stomach. They will open in the intestines and they will have and antispasmodic effect over the muscles which are upset and cause constipation and/or diarrhea during the IBS.
Best dosage and form: For treating upset stomach you can drink regular peppermint tea. However if you want to treat IBS you should take a capsule that contains 0.2 ml. of peppermint essential oil 1 to 3 times every day before every meal. Consume it with water.
Notes: in some people peppermint can worsen acid reflux and can cause heartburn. In case of these problems stop using peppermint.
Turmeric (Curcuma longa)
Health benefits: it is one of the main ingredients in Indian kitchen. It has anti-inflammatory properties. Different studies claim that it is actually good for reducing pain caused by rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. Turmeric can be beneficial for treating other inflammatory conditions, including tendinitis. You can use it to protect your heart as well.
Best dosage and form: turmeric is amazing herb and you can enjoy its properties from food. A little bit of turmeric is more than enough. If you use it as a supplement you can consume 4 grams of turmeric every day.
Notes: turmeric is powerful herb for blood cleansing and that is why you should use it sparingly.