Mar 1st, 2014
Author: Cocoon Web Design
Here are 10 herbs that you can add into your daily food that can help you and your families through a sickness you’re trying to conquer.
Coughing? Add Rosemary:
The eycalyptol in this aromatic herb is study proven to loosen chest congestion, making phlegm easier to expel. Plus, rosemary is rich anti-inflammatory tannins, which soothes a sore throat.
Goes well with, white beans, potatoes, polenta and apples.
Menstrual Cramps? Add Oregano:
Enjoying 2 tsp of fresh oregano daily during menstruation reduces or eliminates cramps. That’s because this herb’s thymol and carvacrol, relax uterine muscles to prevent painful contractions.
Goes well with, mushrooms, tomatoes, olives and squash
Upset GI Track? Add Dill:
Indian scientists found that dill’s limonene works as well as prescription antibiotics at killing harmful intestinal bacteria such as E. coli.
Goes well with, cucumbers, beets, carrots and greens
Congested? Add Cayenne:
The fiery capsaicin in cayenne deactivates substance P, a neaurotransmitter linked to inflammation. The result is less sinus congestion and pressure.
Goes well with, leafy greens, beans, soups and rice
Crampy Tummy? Add Mint:
Peppermint contains menthol, a natural plant compound that relaxes pain-inducing intestinal spasms. This reduces belly discomfort by 40 percent.
Goes well with, eggplant, tomatoes, melon and green peas.
Achy Joints? Add Curry Powder:
The curcumin in curry inhibits the body’s production of prostaglandin E2, an inflammatory compound that over-sensitizes nerves. This blunts joint and muscle pain as effectively as prescription medications.
Goes well with, lentils, rice, cauliflower and spinach.
Bloated Add Parsley:
Thanks to its stores of apiol and myristicin, parsley is a natural diuretic that relieves bloat-inducing water retention by preventing salt from being reabsorbed into bodily tissue.
Goes well with, pasta, tomatoes, grains and onions.
Feeling Down? Add Basil:
The eugenol and rosmarinic acid in basil boost the brain’s production of dopamine and serotonin. According to Indian researchers, this could lead to sunnier moods in as little as three days.
Goes well with, tomatoes, pasta, olives and fish
Feeling Tired? Add Cilantro:
The carboxylic acid in cilantro binds to heavy metals such as mercury in the blood and carries them out of the body. Their removal reverses the toxin buildup that causes chronic fatigue, joint pain and depression.
Goes well with, avocados, corn, black beans and curries.
Having Nausea? Add Ginger:
Ginger’s gingerol and shogaol calm digestive tract spasms to reduce nausea better than motion-sickness drugs.
Goes well with, potatoes, miso soup, rice and pears.
March has been announced to be National Nutrition Month, so stay tuned for more nutrition facts to educate yourself on what you should be putting into your body. You are what you eat!