Nature is bursting with healing power. But to unlock that power you need to know where to look.
That’s where the scientists come in.
Hardly a day goes by when we don’t hear about researchers uncovering another medicinal miracle discovered hidden inside a Siberian plant or a rainforest herb.
But it turns out you don’t have to travel to the tundra or take a jaunt to the jungle to start taking advantage of the healing potential in nature. In fact, you won’t even have to travel any further than your own kitchen or backyard.
Transform your favorite foods with healing herbs
Because, believe it or not, some common herbs you may already have growing in your garden, or sitting in your spice rack, can be used to transform any dish into a healing meal.
So why not go ahead and supercharge suppertime with one of these five healing herbs?
If you love the sweet peppery bite of basil, you’re in luck. It turns out the popular herb is brimming with healing power.
Basil is the king of the “antis.” Experts say the delicious spice is a natural antioxidant, antibacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory and anti-ager.
According to researchers, basil can stunt the growth and formation of tumors. Plus it can help ease the inflammation of arthritis, IBS and other diseases. And the powerful essential oils found in the herb naturally inhibit sickening bacteria such as E. coli.
Basil has earned its well-deserved top spot on the list of healing herbs. Transform that boring omelet into a decadent feast, or that blah grilled cheese sandwich into a gourmet meal, by adding a bit of basil.
If your only relationship with dill is in a pickle or dip it’s time to change that. Dill is a delicious and versatile herb that’s as at home in a simple salad as it is topping a broiled wild caught salmon.
Dill is a natural antioxidant. And this fresh tasting herb adds a surprising number of nutrients to any meal including…
- Vitamin C
- Beta carotene
Dill can help protect you against oxidative damage and cancer by enhancing the effects of other antioxidants. And since it’s a good source of fatty acids the healing herb can boost energy levels, help lower cholesterol and may even ease some of the symptoms of depression.
If you suffer from a gassy tummy, dill can help. It’s a proven carminative. Which simply means it fights flatulence.
Surprisingly rich in calcium, dill can help you maintain healthy bones. And the vitamin C means dill can help support your immune system too.
Poor parsley. It just doesn’t get the respect it deserves.
Most people only ever encounter it as a garnish. Typically tossed onto the side of a plate to add a bit of color, more parsley ends up in the trash then in folk’s tummies. And that’s a real shame, because this humble healing herb has a bunch of benefits.
Parsley is a great source of vitamin K which your body needs for blood clotting. Plus this essential vitamin helps transport calcium around your body. So it’s important for maintaining healthy bones too.
Parsley is a good source of vitamin C, vitamin A, folate and iron. And experts say the herb is a natural tummy tamer, helping to fight bloating and regulate bowel movements.
With every bite of parsley, you’re swallowing a number of powerful antioxidants including lycopene, beta carotene and apigenin. Which means the herb fights the free radical damage that’s behind all the chronic diseases of aging from cancer to heart disease.
Fresh parsley makes a delicious addition to soups, sauces, salads and sides. It’s time to start giving parsley the respect it deserves.
The bright piney taste of rosemary is the perfect addition to hearty stews, meat dishes and veggies. But this healing herb does more than just taste terrific. It’s terrific for you too.
Experts say rosemary is particularly good for brain health. Research has revealed that free-radical-fighting compounds in the herb slow brain aging, and can help with stroke recovery.
But brain health isn’t the only reason to eat more rosemary. Studies have found this hearty herb can help fight cancer and slow tumor growth too. And according to research published in the journal Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science, rosemary can help keep your eyes healthy and your vision sharp.
Sage is already a popular herb. And for good reason. With its earthy savory flavor, it immediately elevates poultry and other meat dishes to a completely new level. And the chopped leaves added to salads, sauces or side dishes take a ho-hum meal to gourmet in the blink of an eye.
So it’s a good thing that sage is great for your health too.
A study published in the journal Complementary Therapies in Medicine revealed the healing herb could help stabilize blood sugar levels. Sage was even effective in folks who were really struggling to keep their levels in a healthy range.
Experts say sage could help you lower your total cholesterol, LDL “bad” cholesterol and triglycerides levels, too. Plus the naturally anti-inflammatory herb improves memory and cognitive function, according to researchers.
Take your next meal from so-so to supercharged using these delicious and powerful healing herbs.
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