Herbs are among the most flavorsome and beneficial health ingredients to add to your shopping list. They are subtle yet incredibly versatile.
In our day to day life we use herbs as flavor to our food or fragrance without even realizing that they play an important role in our immune system. A lot of herbs that we find in our surroundings can actually help us avoid the need to visit any doctors. If our immune system is strong enough we can easily escape most of the common diseases such as fever, cold, digestive issues etc. A herb is a plant part widely used for its flavor or therapeutic properties.<!–more–>They are widely used as a dietary supplement to maintain or improve health related issues. Herbs are natural and therefore safe to use most of the times. They have long been used as the basis of traditional medicines. The Ayurveda medicinal system in India is based on herbs. Modern pharmaceuticals had their origins in crude herbal medicines, and to this day, some drugs are still extracted as fractionate / isolate compounds from raw herbs and then purified to meet pharmaceutical standards.
So If we understand the role of herbs an want to live a healthy life without worrying about getting sick at any point of life , it is quintessential to include various commonly found herb in our day to day intake.
Here are the 10 most commonly found herbs along with their medicinal benefits. I hope my effort will lead you a step further towards a healthier life.
It is a plant whose berries are used to make medicine. Elderberry is used for “the flu” (influenza), H1N1 “swine” flu, HIV/AIDS, and boosting the immune system. It is also used for sinus pain, back and leg pain (sciatica), nerve pain (neuralgia), and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). Some people use elderberry for hay fever (allergic rhinitis), cancer, as a laxative for constipation, to increase urine flow, and to cause sweating.
These are commonly called as “purple cone flowers” which comes from the characteristic center “cone” at the center of the flower head. Several species of the Echinacea plant are used to make medicine from its leaves, flower, and root. Echinacea is widely used to fight infections, especially the common cold, the flu, and other upper respiratory infections. Echinacea is also used against many other infections including urinary tract infections, vaginal yeast infections, herpes, HIV/AIDS, human papilloma virus (HPV), bloodstream infections (septicemia), tonsillitis, streptococcus infections, syphilis, typhoid, malaria, ear infection, swine flu, warts, and nose and throat infections called diphtheria.
It is a flower whose petals are edible and can be used fresh in salads or dried and used to color cheese or as a replacement for saffron. Calendula is recommended for treating ailments of the digestive tract. It is used to detoxify the liver and gall bladder. The flowers is applied to cuts and wounds to stop bleeding, prevent infection and speed healing .It acts as anti-oxidant and protects against free radical damage. Fight against virus and bacteria, treats infection, burns, cuts and wounds and treats inflammation.
It is plant and is known so because of its claw-shaped thorns. Cat’s claw is most commonly used for improving symptoms of both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.It is also used for various digestive system disorders including swelling and pain (inflammation) of the large intestine (diverticulitis), inflammation of the lower bowel (colitis), inflammation of the lining of the stomach (gastritis), stomach ulcers, hemorrhoids, and leaky bowel syndrome. Some people use cat’s claw for viral infections including shingles (caused by herpeszoster ), cold sores (caused by herpes simplex), and AIDS (caused by human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)).
All that man needs for health and healing has been provided by God in nature, the challenge of science is to find it. – Philippus Theophrastrus
Olive is a tree. People use the oil from the fruit and seeds, water extracts of the fruit, and the leaves to make medicine. Fatty acids in olive oil seem to decrease cholesterol levels and have anti-inflammatory effects. Olive leaf is used for treating viral, bacterial, and other infections including influenza, swine flu, the common cold, meningitis, Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV), encephalitis, herpes, shingles, HIV/ARC/AIDS, and hepatitis B. Olive leaf is also used for pneumonia; chronic fatigue: tuberculosis (TB); gonorrhea; fever; malaria; dengue; “blood poisoning” (bacterial infections in the bloodstream); severe diarrhea; and infections in the teeth, ears, and urinary tract, and infections following surgery. Other uses include high blood pressure, diabetes, hay fever, improving kidney and digestive function, and increasing urine flow.
Oregano is a plant generally used in foods and beverages as spice and a food preservative. Oregano is used for respiratory tract disorders such as coughs, asthma, croup, and bronchitis. It is also used for gastrointestinal (GI) disorders such as heartburn and bloating. Other uses include treating menstrual cramps, rheumatoid arthritis, urinary tract disorders including urinary tract infections (UTIs), headaches, and heart conditions. It reverses viral infections, fights allergies, tumors, parasites and inflammation.
Ginger is a plant with leafy stems and yellowish green flowers. The ginger spice comes from the roots of the plant. In foods and beverages, ginger is used as a flavoring agent. Ginger is commonly used to treat various types of “stomach problems,” including motion sickness, morning sickness, colic, upset stomach, gas, diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), nausea. It warms the body , breaks down accumulation of toxins, cleanses lymphatic system, relieves nausea, alleviates pain, lowers inflammation and improves diabetes.
It is used for many conditions related to the heart and blood system. These conditions include high blood pressure, low blood pressure, high cholesterol, coronary heart disease, heart attack, reduced blood flow due to narrowed arteries, and “hardening of the arteries” (atherosclerosis). It kills microorganisms responsible for infections, including tuberculosis, pneumonia, thrush and herpes. Treats eye and ear infections, reduces cancer risks, controls hypertension, boosts cardio vascular health, fights hair loss.
Astragalus is used for the common cold, upper respiratory infections, allergies, fibromyalgia, anemia, HIV/AIDS, and to strengthen and regulate the immune system. It is also used for chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), kidney disease, diabetes and high blood pressure. Some people use astragalus as a general tonic, to protect the liver, and to fight bacteria and viruses. It boosts immune system, prevents colds and flu, inhibits herpes, heals wounds, lowers cortisol.
Licorice is a plant. You are probably most familiar with it as a flavoring in foods, beverages, and tobacco. The root is used to make medicine. Licorice is used for various digestive system complaints including stomach ulcers, heartburn, colic, and ongoing inflammation of the lining of the stomach (chronic gastritis). It currently being researched for treatment and prevention of hepatitis C,HIV and influenza, Fights free radical damage, relieves cough and sore throat, protects against leaky gut, reduces adrenal fatigue, and relieves pain.
Plants and herbs have been used since the early days of mankind and are still used throughout the world for health promotion and treatment of disease. The herbs which are usually found in our daily food, not only improve its flavor but also have healing powers to deal with various health issues. We may always consume these herbs and have never known about it. Hopefully, you will find it useful.