Top 10 medicinal herbs and spices

Natural plant products have been used throughout history for various purposes. Plants, herbs and spices can be used for a number of health concerns from allergies to migraines and because we really believe that food is medicine here at Pure & Me, we thought that we’d give you a run down of the top 10 medicinal herbs and spices.

Raw Garlic.

If you’re not eating garlic on a daily basis then you’re missing out, not only because it's a great flavour but also the benefits that come along with it. Raw garlic can help reverse diabetes, regulate blood pressure, relieve allergies, fight fungal and viral infections and fight inflammation.

Ginger.

Ginger is a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent. The benefits come from the oily resin that’s found in the root, which is also known as gingerols. Ginger can soothe muscle pain, clear congestions, help settle digestive issues and support brain health.

Turmeric.

We recently wrote a whole blog post on just how amazing turmeric is. You can read it here but just as a quick recap, turmeric is a potent antioxidant and has anti-inflammatory, antimutagenic, antimicrobial properties.

Ginseng.

Ginseng can help reduce stress, improve lung function, lower blood sugar levels, boost the immune system, reduce inflammation and help with weight loss goals. You can use ginseng in tea or even a soup. To make a cup of ginseng tea simply measure 3g of chopped ginseng, add some lemon juice and pour hot (but not boiling) water leaving it to steep for 5 minutes.

Milk Thistle.

You may have heard that this herb is particularly good for preventing hangovers, that’s because of its ability to increase bile production and detoxify the body. It’s also good for fighting the signs of ageing, boosting skin health and lowering cholesterol

Cinnamon.

Cinnamon is great when you’re trying to lose weight or kick the sugar habit. This is because it reduces blood sugar levels and can help starve off sugar cravings. It’s also a great spice if you suffer from bad menstrual cramps. Cinnamon also helps strengthen the cardiovascular system and helps build a strong immune system.

Cumin.

Cumin is a great addition to soups and stews for added flavour. It also helps with digestion and is extremely good for treating skin issues such as eczema, dry skin and acne.

Mint.

It’s always useful having mint on hand, it can help give relief from headaches,  treat nausea and indigestion, ease symptoms of IBS and is also great for preventing mental fatigue. Use mint leaves in tea and water and grind up for use in your favourite dishes.

Rosemary.

Rosemary is great during cold and flu season as it can help ease coughs and congestion. It’s also rich in anti-inflammatory tannins which can help soothe a sore throat.

Parsley.

Parsley is ideal for boosting energy levels. The carboxylic acid in parsley binds to heavy metals such as mercury in the blood and helps carry them out of the body. A build up of these toxins can lead to chronic fatigue, joint pain and depression.

Of course not every condition can be cured from your kitchen, but by adding in a variety of herbs and spices to your daily diet, you could find yourself warding off a variety of conditions before they even start.

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