According to research we have been using herbs in medicine and to improve the flavor of the foods for thousands of years. Scientists are now discovering that the early doctors and herbalists knew a lot more than they were given credit for. Many historians believe that herbs were used for medicine and healing because they either resembled a part of the body or from simple observation that the person improved after taking the herb.
Today herbs are often only used as garnishes to add a colorful aspect to our meals. However, they do so much more than make a plate or soup look pretty. Herbs are packed with nutrition and by enjoying them on a daily basis, provide that extra burst of energy to keep us feeling and looking great.
Here are some popular herbs and their benefits. In the past many people enjoyed having a herb garden where they could nip out and snip a few wonderful and fragrant leaves to add to their meals. We can still do this today by growing herbs on our windowsill or in containers on a porch or deck.
I have included celery as well because it is a fabulous vegetable and can be added along with any other herbs to soups, stir frys, in stews or enjoyed raw.
Benefits of Celery
- Reduced blood pressure: Celery
contains a chemical that can lower levels of stress hormones in your
- Reduced cholesterol: Adding celery
into your diet may reduce artery-clogging cholesterol
- Good antiseptic: Celery seeds help in
uric acid elimination. It is helpful for people with bladder disorders,
kidney problems, cystitis etc. Celery seeds also assist in avoiding
urinary tract infection in women.
- Healthy joints: Celery contains
anti-inflammatory properties that may help reduce swelling and pain around
the joints so can aid in the relief of arthritis, rheumatism and gout.
Celery sticks contain a diuretic substance, which help to remove uric acid
crystals that build around joints.
- Prevents cancer: Celery contains
phthalides and polyacetylenes. These anti cancer components detoxify
carcinogens. Celery also contains coumarins that enhance the activity of
certain white blood cells.
- High in Vitamin C: Celery is rich in
vitamin C, which boosts the immune system and can give you relief from
colds and asthma. It also promotes cardiovascular health.
- Rich in sodium and potassium: These minerals help in regulating fluid balance.
- Relief from migraine: The presence of
coumarins may give relief from migraines.
- Good for diabetic patients: Celery
leaves are also used for treating diabetic conditions.
- Calming: The high calcium content in
celery is considered calming for the nerves.
- Also: Celery is an antioxidant, alkaline, helps improve teeth, aids in weight loss, cleanses the liver and strengthens the blood.
herb has been cultivated for 2,000 years. Long before that it was well known
for its medicinal properties. Parsley is one of the most important herbs for
providing vitamins to the body. It's like a multi-vitamin/mineral complex in
green plant form and is wonderful for the immune system. It grows in most
climates and is readily available throughout the year.
Benefits Of Parsley
- Parsley contains more
vitamin C than any other standard culinary vegetable, approximately three times
as much as oranges. It is also very high in iron and is a good source of
manganese, calcium and potassium. It also contains flavonoids that act as
- Parsley is rich in vitamin A,
well-known for its effects on vision, and can mitigate risks of atherosclerosis
- Blood Cleanser: Raw parsley can clean the blood, dissolve sticky deposits in veins, and help to
maintain elasticity of blood vessels.
- Parsley may facilitate
in the removal of moderately sized kidney and gallstones, treat deafness and
ear infections, and benefit the sexual system.
- Chewing parsley prevents bad breath!
- . Parsley is helpful in
reducing bruising. Simply crush the parsley leaves and apply straight to the
Chives are part of a large species of strong smelling
perennials that have underground stems or bulbs. This group of herbs is known
as allium herbs and include chives, leeks, garlic and onions. They all have
undeniable health benefits.
Benefits of Chives
strong odor emitted from these herbs is due to a number of sulphur
compounds such as alkyl sulphoxides and allyl sulphides. These sulphurs
are reportedly beneficial for the circulatory, digestive and respiratory
have been reported to have anti-cancer, anti-clotting, antibacterial,
antiviral and decongestant properties.
has shown that using alliums on a regular basis helps to lower the risk of
several types of cancers, especially stomach and prostate cancer.
leaves of chives have been found to have a high antioxidant activity and
are also full of flavanoids.
Chinese herbal medicine, chives have been used to control bleeding and to
leaves can be applied to insect bites, cuts and wounds.
have also been shown to help lower cholesterol when used on a regular
- They are rich in vitamin A and C and contain a small quantity of iron.
originally native to Iran, India and other tropical regions of Asia and grows
best in warm, tropical climates. This bushy annual herbal plant was originally
grown for its medicinally properties but is now enjoyed as a regular part of
Benefits of Basil
- Studies show that basil essential oil contains a strong
antioxidant that can prevent premature aging, age related problems and even
- The herb is low in
calories and contain no cholesterol.
- Basil is a good source of magnesium, a mineral that
makes the muscles and blood vessels to relax, therefore improving blood flow
and lessening the risk of irregular heart rhythm of the heart muscle or a blood
- Basil is a very good source of iron, calcium, potassium and vitamin C,
- Basil is very high in
Vitamin A known to have antioxidant properties and is essential for vision. It
is also necessary for maintaining healthy mucus membranes and skin. Consumption
of natural foods rich in vitamin-A can also help protect from lung and oral
- Basil is high in Vitamin
K, which is important for the coagulant factors in the blood and helps the
mineralization process in the bones.
- Basil tea is used to treat constipation, stomach cramps,
indigestion and flatulence. It can also provide immediate relief from the gas
in your stomach and intestines.
- Basil has anti-inflammatory effects, making it an ideal
food for those people suffering from arthritis.
Benefits of Basil as an essential oil
- Used as a skin and hair moisturizer, it enhances the
luster of dull looking skin and hair.
- Effective in treating skin problems like acne and
- Effective in providing relief from cold, influenza,
whooping cough, asthma, bronchitis, and sinus infections.
- Can be used as an anti vomiting agent in motion
sickness and many other vomiting cases.
- Can provide a calming effect; it is therefore effective
in stress related problems like migraines and depression. If used regularly can
give mental strength and clarity.
- Has anti-bacterial properties. Studies have shown the
effectiveness of basil in restricting growth of numerous bacteria that have
become resistant to commonly used antibiotic drugs.
powerful herb may have originated in the Middle East or southern Europe due to
the fact that these regions contain large amounts of the herb growing in the
wild. Remnants of cilantro have been found in the tombs of the ancient
Egyptians, and in ancient Greece; the leaves were used for foods, and the
robust essential oil in perfume making. The Romans introduced the herb to
England during medieval times, where it was used to mask the smells of rotten
meat. The British brought cilantro to the North American colonies in 1670, and
it has been a popular staple in the Americas ever since.
Benefits of Cilantro
- Powerful natural cleansing
agent. Cilantro has been effectively used to help remove heavy metals and
other toxic agents from the body.
- The chemical compounds in
cilantro actually bind to the heavy metals, loosening them from the
tissues, blood and organs. Cilantro's chemical compounds then aid to
transport these harmful substances out of the body through elimination.
- Studies suggest that cilantro
could be one of nature's best chelation agents, particularly for
individuals who have been exposed to heightened levels of mercury.
- Digestion The rich quality of
cilantro oil aid the digestive system in its production of digestive
enzymes, acids and juices. The oil also helps to stimulate digestion
through peristaltic motion.
- Contains powerful
anti-inflammatory capacities that may help symptoms of arthritis
- Has protective agents against
bacterial infection from Salmonella in food products
- Cilantro acts to increase HDL
cholesterol (the good kind), and reduces LDL cholesterol (the bad kind)
- Wards off urinary tract
- Helps reduce feelings of
- Eases hormonal mood swings
associated with menstruation
- Has been shown to reduce
- Adds fiber to the digestive
- A source of iron, magnesium,
and is helpful in fighting anemia
- Gives relief for diarrhea,
especially if caused by microbial or fungal infections
- Helps promote healthy liver
- Reduces minor swelling
- Strong general anti-oxidant
- Disinfects and helps detoxify
- Stimulates the endocrine
- Helps with insulin secretion
and lowers blood sugar
- Acts as a natural anti-septic
and anti-fungal agent for skin disorders like fungal infections and eczema
- Contains immune-boosting
- Acts as an expectorant
- Helps ease conjunctivitis, as
well as eye-aging, macular degeneration, and other stressors on the eyes.
Ginger has been
used as a natural remedy both externally and internally for centuries. It has
also been used throughout the world as a wonderful spicy addition to soups,
stews, fish dishes and even desserts.
Benefits of Ginger
- Ovarian Cancer: Ginger may
helpful in the treatment of ovarian cancer. A study conducted at the University
of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center found that ginger powder induces cell
death in all ovarian cancer cells to which it was applied.
- Colon Cancer Prevention: A study at
the University of Minnesota found that ginger might slow the growth of
colorectal cancer cells.
- Morning Sickness: Several
studies have shown that ginger is effective in the treatment of morning
- Motion Sickness Remedy: Ginger has
been found to be an effective remedy for the nausea associated with motion
- Reduces Pain and Inflammation: Studies
show that ginger has anti-inflammatory properties and is a powerful natural
- Heartburn Relief: Ginger has
long been used as a natural heartburn remedy. It is most often taken in the
form of tea for this purpose.
- Cold and Flu Prevention and Treatment: Ginger is
well known as a natural treatment for colds and the flu. Many people also find
ginger to be helpful in the case of stomach flu and food poisoning.
- Ginger helps to stimulate the digestive tract and improve circulation.
- Migraine Relief: Research
has shown that ginger may provide migraine relief due to its ability to stop
prostaglandins from causing pain and inflammation in blood vessels.
- Heart Disease: It may also have blood
thinning and chloresterol lowering properties that may make it useful for
treating heart disease.
Benefits of Scallions
- Used as a
traditional medicine for common cold.
the respiratory tract and helps in expelling sputum (phlegm).
essential oils that stimulates the sweat glands and promote sweating.
lower blood pressure.
- Helps prevent diarrhea.
- Rich in sulfur, an essential
element that kills or inhibits fungus infections.
- Inhibits cancer cell growth
especially colon cancer.
- Contains high levels of
vitamin A and C and calcium.
- Good for circulation and
absorbs vitamin B1. This helps reduce stress and tiredness.
- Relieves a runny nose. Mash a
scallion to extract the liquid. Dip a cotton handkerchief into the liquid
and place it to your nose. Breath deeply.
- Rumor has it that if you
cannot sleep well a bundle of green onion placed beside your pillow does