Health Benefits of 15 Common Herbs and The Healing Power of Nature

Take a look into your medicine cabinet? What do you see?  Do you see little containers or blister packs filled with pills of varying sizes and colors?  Can you find pills for your allergies, headaches, heartburn or to help you sleep? Our society has become accustom to taking pill after pill for any minor ailment.

Medicine in History

If we look back throughout history, medicinal herbs or herbal medicine was an integral part of healing. Over 2400 years ago, Hippocrates was the first to practice “the healing power of nature”. He is known as the founder of medicine and he believed in rest, a good diet, fresh air, and cleanliness.

 Once upon a time, going to the pharmacist meant receiving a special elixir comprised of special herbs or spices that were blended by the pharmacist to address your specific ailment.

However, over time, with the advancement of technology and rise of industrial pharmaceuticals, natural medicine fell to the wayside. Pills and surgeries became commonplace and the accepted forms of treatment.

However, in the early 1900s, naturopathic medicine enjoyed much growth and acceptance. Naturopathic medicine uses the principles of the healing power of the body using a holistic approach including examination of what we eat and drink as ways to heal the body. The notion of natural alternatives to medicine received renewed attention

What is Herbal Medicine?

Herbal medicine is the use of herbs and spices for the practice of medicinal or therapeutic uses. It is the belief that using herbs and spices in your everyday life can improve your wellness. Herbs used in teas or spices used in cooking, can strengthen your immune system, provide significant amounts of essential vitamins, and address various ailment.

Coupling a balanced organic diet with the use of organic spices is a healthy way of creating change in the body.  And guess what? They taste good too! Take a look below at the most notable herbs that can help you feel better!

 Health Benefits of 15 Common Herbs

Herb

Function

Anise

A sweet, warming and stimulating herb with a distinctive liquorice taste.  This herb is extremely therapeutic for the digestive system.

Chamomile

This medicinal flower has an intoxicating aroma that when inhaled and ingested elicits a sense of calm throughout the body. Studies have shown that this calming sensation is an effective way to elevate your mood and alleviate feelings of stress and anxiety. 

Cinnamon

This super spice packs a powerful antioxidant punch. The specific antioxidants in cinnamon are ranked at the top for their ability to protect your body from the harmful effects of free radicals. The benefits don’t stop there – studies have shown that cinnamon can help regulate blood sugar. Drinking this delicious tea can actually help you kick your sugar craving!

Cloves/Fennel

This harmonious blend of spices has been used in traditional Indian medicine for thousands of years for its role in digestive health. Each is both a carminative and an analgesic spice meaning it not only aids in the digestive process by pushing toxins out, it also reduces pain from indigestion due to its calming effects on the digestive system.

Echinacea Purpurea Root

One of the most widely used herbs in today’s society and for good reason! This herb is a powerful immune booster and studies have shown it to be a powerful force in preventing and treating the common cold.

Ginger

Recognized around the world for its powerful anti-inflammatory properties, this super spice has been extensively studied and is known to alleviate joint pain and sore muscles, improve circulation, and boost immunity. Regular consumption of ginger is a staple in the maintenance of optimal health!

Lavender

The aroma and flowers of this powerful plant work synergistically to lower the levels of stress hormones in your body. The intoxicating aroma has been shown to ease stress from the mind. The flowers contain potent healing properties that soothe the mind and can alleviate feelings of anxiety.

Licorice root

The extremely potent anti-inflammatory properties found in licorice root have made this herb a staple in Chinese medicine for thousands of years. This deliciously sweet herb is considered a “guide herb” meaning that when used in tandem with other herbal remedies (like the ones below!), the health benefits of each herb is enhanced as the licorice root is able to guide the other herbs to where they would be most beneficial in the body.

Marshmallow Root

 Who knew that the sugary campfire treats we’re all accustomed to is actually made from the root of a plant that is loaded with health benefits?! This herb contains powerful anti-bacterial and anti-microbial properties to help you fight off infections and keep your immune system healthy. The best-known use for marshmallow root is for treatment – and prevention – of coughs, colds, and sore throats – drink up to get an immune boost all year round! 

Nettle Root

This flowering plant may seem like an annoyance when you brush up against it due to its sharp stinging leaves but some of the most important health benefits of Nettle include its ability to detoxify the body and improve metabolic efficiency. 

Orange Peel

Containing highly concentrated amounts of potent anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatory properties, the peel is the healthiest part of the entire fruit! The specific anti-oxidants in orange peel have been shown to significantly impact blood pressure and cholesterol levels. The vitamin C content in the peel is almost double that of the fruit making this tea a powerful immune booster.

Passion Flower

Used in teas to reduce stress and anxiety for thousands of years, this powerful flower produces positive chemicals in your brain that induce feelings of calm, serenity, and peace. 

Pau D'arco

Burdock

Dandelion Root

These two super roots work synergistically to cleanse, detoxify, and revitalize the liver. The antioxidants in dandelion and pau d'arco detoxify and reduce inflammation in the liver while the antioxidants in burdock cleanse the blood and lymph systems aiding the liver’s detoxification

Turmeric Root

Arguably the most powerful spice in the world at fighting and preventing disease, turmeric is an anti-inflammatory powerhouse that has been proven to fight inflammation throughout the body. Health benefits don’t stop there – turmeric has also been studied for its ability to reduce pain, improve digestion, and regulate blood sugar.

Valerian Root

Known as one of the best sleep aids in natural medicine, valerian root increases positive chemicals in your brain. These chemicals calm the mind and produce a mild sedative effect, resulting in a deep, restful, sleep. 

 

And this is by no means an exhaustive list. While each of these medicinal herbs have healing powers on their own, they can also be blended which boosts their healing potential.  The blends can be in the form of spices or teas. 

 Whichever way you choose to use these spices, be sure they are blended by reputable companies who use quality organic products and integral processing methods.  Feel free to contact us to learn more about these or other spices.

 

 

 

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