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14 Healthiest Herbs and Spices

Herbs have earned a reputation as reliable ways to stay healthy. Knowing how to use the best of them means fewer doctor visits and less need for expensive drugs. Here are 14 of the healthiest herbs and spices in the world!

Herbs and spices with health benefits

Nature provides a pharmacy of herbs to treat most any illness and disease, so many, in fact, that very little of their benefits have been studied to date. It will take science centuries yet before the full range of health benefits of spices and herbs are revealed. Fortunately, many herbs are safe to use today as they work with the body’s natural processes in fighting diseases and infection. Herbs treat the root causes and help to prevent many diseases before they have a chance to damage the body.

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Uses for herbs and spices

Herbs aren’t just for flavouring food. Throughout the centuries man has been using herbs to treat illness, promote well being and extend life. Herbs sparked the spice trade between East and West and stimulated exploration to the remote regions of the Earth to find new elixirs to cure common ills.

What are the healthiest herbs and spices?

Herbs are often readily available. Some, like nettle and wild garlic grow in everyone’s backyard. The only requirement to using them effectively is knowing how to use them the right way. Here’s an herbs and spices list with health benefits for each one.

1. Caraway Seed

Caraway seed stimulates the appetite, eases flatulence and helps laryngitis, bronchitis and bronchial asthma. It’s exceptionally good for children.

2. Cayenne pepper

Cayenne pepper fights inflammation. The capsaicin that gives cayenne its heat is a powerful and natural stimulant that helps improve blood flow to the extremities of the body that are often deadened from the effects of diabetes. It can stop a heart attack in process within 30 seconds if administered quickly enough.

3. Chamomile

Chamomile helps relieve flatulence, improves appetite and encourages sleep. It’s particularly useful in reducing the aches and pains associated with the flu.

4. Cinnamon

Cinnamon is a unique spice that alleviates pain due to its anti-inflammatory compounds. It improve the ability of cells to take in glucose which helps to lower blood sugar in diabetics. It lowers triglycerides and LDL, the bad cholesterol.

5. Cloves

Cloves‘ antiseptic qualities make for an effective mouthwash. They help to relieve the pain of a toothache.

6. Dill

Not just for pickling, dill relieves gas and bloating. Both dill and fennel have been shown to promote milk production for nursing mothers. It makes a handy breath freshener.

7. Fenugreek

Fenugreek and vanadium were the two principle items used to control blood sugar in diabetics long before the discovery of insulin. It’s the seeds that have the best us in normalizing glucose levels.

8. Garlic

The best known and most studied among all the herbs, garlic has multiple uses. It helps reduce cholesterol and triglycerides. It lowers blood pressure and decreases the risk of stomach and colon cancers. Garlic is an effective antiseptic and can soothe an upset stomach. It makes a good decongestant.

9. Ginger

Ginger is loaded with antioxidants that help slow down the aging process caused by free radical damage. It helps boost the immune system as its antimicrobial components help fight viruses. It helps relieve the side effects of nausea, vomiting and fatigue caused by radiation and chemotherapy treatments.

10. Ginseng

Ginseng lowers blood pressure and improve circulation to the brain. A tea will relieve the symptoms of nervous exhaustion. It helps relieve respiratory difficulties. Ginseng helps alleviate the symptoms from a cold or the flu.

11. Nettle

The sting of the nettle cuts down the swelling and pain associated with gout. Nettle is effective against arthritis, rheumatism and eczema. It lower blood pressure. It is rich in calcium, iron, potassium and sulfur.

12. Nutmeg

Nutmeg is a kitchen spice that treats disorders of the heart and lungs. It fights asthma and helps eliminate bad breath. Used to treat upset stomach and bring relief to anyone suffering from diarrhea.

13. Parsley

Parsley does more than decorate a dinner plate of fish and chips. Like dill it makes a good breath freshener. Very effective in eliminating the pungent odor from garlic. It’s an effective treatment for asthma, jaundice and menstruation. It’s rich in B vitamins and potassium.

14. Turmeric

A part of the ginger family, Tumeric is used extensively in the cuisine of India and China. It’s an anti-inflammatory that helps relieve joint and muscle pain. Curcumin, a compound in turmeric, helps fight the growth of cancerous tumours.

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There are thousands of herbs that can address most any disease. Much has yet to be studied even as new uses are discovered. Long after today’s modern drugs have been relegated to the dustbins of history, herbs will still be as potent and as much used as they always have been.

Lyne Proulx
Lyne Proulxhttps://ottawamommyclub.ca/
Lyne Proulx is a Certified Infant Massage Instructor (CIMI), Certified Professional Wedding Consultant, and an Event Planner. It has always been her dream to create a website dedicated just for Moms since her children were young. Thus, after 10 years, she finally accomplished it, and the Ottawa Mommy Club was born in May 2011. She loves all things Disney and is an avid chocoholic. She was also the Queen B of the BConnected Conference, Canada's Digital Influencer and social media Conference in Ottawa and Toronto. She coordinated the Annual Infant Information Day/Early Years Expo for the City of Ottawa for 8 years. She was also the co-chair of the Navan for Kraft Hockeyville 2009-2011 committee that organized five community events within 6 months, and helped Navan reach the top 10 finalists in Canada. In April 2011, she received the City of Ottawa Mayor's City Builder Award.

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  1. Thanks for the great post! I love info like this. I use spices, but have no clue to the health benefits. It’s good to know!

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