Spices and herbs not only enrich the taste of food, but also give us health benefits. The healing powers of some of them have been used thousands of years ago, and modern scientific research is evidence that claims about the positive effect of spices and herbs on health are not just empty stories.
While researching, we found one herb that has been proven to be the most healthiest of them all!
Rosemary, (lat. Rosmarinus officinalis) is an aromatic plant that is found in the Mediterranean, in the United States and in Mexico. Rosemary is a perfect plant that you need to have in the garden. Rosemary is one of the herbs known for the abundance of nutritional phyto-substances, antioxidants and essential acids. Rosemary is a powerful antioxidant that increases the blood flow to the brain and protects the brain from free radicals, thereby reducing the risk of stroke and diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease. This herb increases vigilance and concentration and leads to a more effective execution of tasks related to memory. It is also believed that rosemary stimulates the immune system, improves circulation and improves digestion of food. Rosemary is often used to marinate meat and has good reason for it. It contains acids and substances that fight bacteria and prevent meat spoilage, and they make cooked meat healthier. Rosemary leaves contain certain phyto-chemicals that play a significant role in preventing the development of diseases and maintaining good health.
Fresh rosemary leaves are a good source of antioxidant vitamin, vitamin C. This vitamin is needed for the synthesis of collagen in the body. Collagen is the main structural protein that is indispensable in the body to maintain the integrity of blood vessels, skin, organs and bones. Regular consumption of vitamin-rich foods helps the body protect against scurvy, it creates resistance to inflammatory agents (it enhances immunity) and helps to collect harmful, inflammatory free radicals from the body. Rosemary contains very good amount of vitamin A. Vitamin A has antioxidant properties and is key to good vision. It is also necessary to maintain the health of the mucous membranes and skin. Consuming foods rich in vitamin A protects the body from lung cancer and oral cavity.
The plant’s parts, especially the flowers, contain phenolic antioxidant rosemaryic acid, as well as numerous essential oils that maintain health, such as: cineol, camphor, borneol, bornyl acetate, alpha-pinen, etc. These compounds have a proven effect on calming irritations, as well as anti-inflammatory, antiallergic, antifungal and antiseptic properties. The herb is an excellent source of iron. Iron, as it is a key component of hemoglobin, determines the capacity to transmit oxygen to the blood.
As a medicine it is used for the following diseases:
Anemia, heart disease and blood vessels, circulation, colds, flu, bronchitis, cough depression, stress, insomnia, headache, migraine, problems with digestion and appetite, bloating and stomach pain, rheumatism and arthritis, stiff muscles, gout, problems with skin and hair (falling and dandruff), liver and gallstones problems, mouth disease, some types of cancer, nervousness, concentration and memory, cleans the kidneys from poisons, etc.
The greatest benefits: it improves the concentration and work of the brain
However, if you currently do not have this herb at home, don’t worry! There are also some alternatives that you can use in addition to stay healthy and take proper care of your body. You might have the following spices and herbs in your kitchen or yard that might be used.
The biggest benefits: to regulate blood glucose levels in diabetics
Put half a teaspoon of cinnamon in oatmeal or season the milk and coffee with a little cinnamon. Cinnamon is so tasty that you would never have thought that it possesses great healing power. In addition to regulating blood sugar levels in diabetics, intake of a half or a quarter teaspoon of cinnamon twice daily reduces both triglycerides and cholesterol levels by about 30%. Cinnamon has both anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties and is believed to effectively fight E. coli and other bacteria. In some people, cinnamon also reduces the symptoms of an unpleasant heartburn.
The biggest benefits: against nausea and stomach pain, to relieve symptoms of arthritis
Several studies have shown that ginger reduces pain and swelling in people suffering from arthritis. Ginger is especially useful for reducing nausea and controlling the vomiting movements. It can eliminate abdominal problems and is also considered to reduce migraine headache.
The biggest benefits: against the sore throat, for the preservation of memory
Boil your soup tea if you have stomach problems or disturbed your dry and sore throat. Sage tea reduces throat pain. Preliminary studies suggest that sagging can ease some of the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. In another study, students who received the sage extract before the exam achieved significantly better scores on the memory tests, and the mood improved.
The biggest benefits: against stomach pain, to improve digestion
Traditionally, mint tea is used to relieve pain in the stomach, but at the same time it improves digestion of food. Mint helps with diarrhea, gastrointestinal bleeding and irritable bowel syndrome. The effective use of the mint may also result in the reduction of the urge to vomit. It is often used to treat common colds, sore throat, sinus problems, and respiratory infections. Mint oil may help to reduce headache, muscle pain or toothache.
The biggest benefits: for strong immunity, prevention of heart attack
Parsley is an incredibly rich source of vitamins A and C, helps to strengthen immunity and is particularly useful in protecting the cardiovascular system. Parsley tea is also used to relieve the symptoms of urinary infections. Chewing parsley removes bad breath, and a thick parsley is used externally when bruising occurs.
The biggest benefits: anticancer properties
Turmeric is the spice that gives it the yellow color of curry, and is mostly used in Indian cuisine and medicine. In recent years, research has increasingly proven its power to fight cancer. Its composition includes substances that reduce the growth of tumors. Studies show that this spice protects against colon cancer and melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer.