Many of the herbs around us have the therapeutic power to heal us and boost our health. Medicine of ancient China, Egypt, Africa, and India used herbs and spices extensively for treatment. Most herbs are safe and easily found around you.
Mother Nature has blessed us with many wonderful herbs for our health. Herbal medicine, also known as botanical or phytomedicine is one of the oldest forms of medicine known around the world. Spices, herbs or parts of the plants such as fruits, seeds, bark, leaves, flowers, and so on, have been used as medicine or food supplements to cure diseases around the world for thousands of years.
Ancient Egyptians, Chinese, Indians, Native Americans and Africans used plant based medicines for healing in their rituals. Healing powers were already present in traditional Chinese foods, and also in ancient herbal medicines, such as Ayurveda and Homeopathy, which are well known around the world.
Even today, herbal medicine is widely accepted by naturopaths and homeopathic practitioners. Some of the treatments are also being accepted by modern western medicine practices.
Many of today’s modern medicines are derived from herbs and trees found in the rain forests, such as the Amazon.
Herbs have been used to address some of the common illnesses, such as depression, fatigue, cure stomach irritation, boost energy, asthma, rheumatoid, arthritis, migraines, reduce risk of heart diseases, colds, nasal congestion, and even known to fight cancer naturally.
Disease fighting herbs
Fortunately for us, some of the strongest disease fighting herbs are also delicious and readily available. Chances are some of the herbs in your kitchen garden or some of the spices on your shelves and spice racks are already powerful medicine.
Below are some of the health benefits of common spices and herbs used around the world.
Basil is a common herb added to Italian dishes. It makes an excellent flavoring for sauces, pesto, dressings, and complements chicken, fish, and pasta dishes. It is excellent when added to pasta salad with tomatoes and mozzarella cheese, and infused with oils and vinegar. Basil is also an excellent therapeutic plant, used for treating, insomnia, tension, and nervous indigestion. (Backwoods Home Magazine)
2. Black pepper
Black pepper is one of the most commonly used spices in the United States for almost any dish. Black pepper is very widely used in ancient Chinese medicine as an energizer and stimulant. It is also known to help you with cold and flu symptoms, as well as help boost blood circulation.
According to the National Library of Medicine, calendula is full of anti-fungal, antiseptic, wound-healing powers. The petals of this cheerful flower are added to many natural cosmetics and diaper creams for its skin-soothing properties. (10 Simple Herbal Remedies from Your Garden)
Cilantro, also known as Chinese parsley, is one of those herbs with a unique aroma and flavor. It is widely used in Italian, Mexican, Indian and Asian dishes. Cilantro also has a variety of therapeutic use. It’s widely known for its power to detox the body. Cilantro is fungicidal and a natural stimulant rich in antioxidant and has a wide range of vitamins, including vitamin A, C, K and B. It is also antiseptic, analgesic, aphrodisiac, and good for the digestive system. (The healing power of cilantro | Natural Health 365)
Cinnamon is a well-known spice and medicine used all over the world. It is especially appreciated for its flavor and body warming properties. Cinnamon, in ally with honey and herbal tea or apples, can be a powerful and delicious food. Its antioxidant, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial powers along with its strong taste make it one of the precious spices used in ancient herbal medicine. (Spice up your health with cinnamon | Natural Health 365)
In a perfect world, we would get all our medicines from the food we eat. However, our eating habits and the way we grow food has changed over the thousands of years of civilization, and we have forgotten the strength of these naturally healing herbs and spices found in nature.
Store bought food does not always have the freshness and potency and natural healing power of homegrown herbs and spices because they are often stored for a long time. Growing your own herbs and spices is the best way to get healthy food full of natural goodness, right at home.
Warning: As a precaution, always consult your doctor before using any of the herbal remedies, especially if you are already receiving treatment.
To learn more about natural healing please watch the replay of our webinar with Dr. Jennifer Orlowski, a Naturopathic Doctor and a Certified Nutrition Specialist.
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- The healing power of cilantro | Natural Health 365
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