If you know quite a bit about nature, then you know that herbs are among its finest gifts to humanity. Herbs and spices have been of important use to mankind all through history. Even before they were appreciated for their culinary value, they were known to be of great medical importance, something that modern science has proven to be right. If you are keen on eating healthy then you will find yourself always looking for a balance between good tasting and nutritious. Herbs hit this sweet spot well. The aroma and color that they add to the food is also part of the reason they just can’t go out of style. Herbs also have robust flavors that will make you consider them a serious contender as a main ingredient to your food. Aside from being an interesting addition to your food, herbs can also help preserve it for longer.
As medicines, herbs have also brought forth some considerable benefits. The most common and easiest way is to concentrate them into tinctures and teas. The wide array of polyphenols with the ability to boost immunity that are found in herbs is the number one reason why they are ranked so high. These same compounds have been used by modern science to make syrups, rubs, sprays, tablets and capsules that treat one thing or the other. The healing properties of these herbs have kept the medical fraternity busy for the last five or so decades and every once in a while you will hear about a new way to use that oregano.
Many religions have incorporated the use of herbs in their practices and this too has been there for a long time. Good examples are frankincense and myrrh which were used in Hellenistic religion. In Anglo-Saxon paganism, there was also the use of the nine herbs charm which was prepared to treat cases of poisoning and different kinds of infections too. In Hinduism, herbs are used on different religiously significant occasions, turmeric, neem, holy basil, bael leaves and cannabis are commonly used. Rastafarians also have cannabis as incorporated in their normal religious practice. All across the globe and through time, there has always been a herb that resonates with the people that live where it grows and has found a place in their religious belief.
There are some herbs that get the spotlight shone on them too often. Sometimes it is because of the innumerable benefits that keep being discovered and sometimes it’s just because people have gotten used to them too much. However, there are a few that don’t get as much credit as they deserve. Here are a few that you might want to acquaint yourself with.
It is a root of the radish family that grows in the mountains of Peru hence the moniker Peruvian ginseng. The most commonly found form of the herb is powder. The herb packs a punch when it comes to its usefulness to our health. It can be said to hold life changing benefits and that would not be the slightest bit an overstatement. It has a sexual benefit that both men and women can enjoy. It increases libido and boosts your endurance. It also calms down menstrual problems and issues to do with menopause. It is also packed with energy and is used by athletes across the board to improve performance. Those who have tried to get rid of those little blemishes on their faces will also find this to be a favorite herb as it effective in getting rid of acne.
This herb grows in the Rocky Mountain range. The Native Americans knew that it had health benefits way before the rest of us even gave this short plant a second thought. The Zuni people have a blend of the root that they use for aches. They also crush the root, mixed it with water and drank it for sore throats. Even modern medicine accepts the root’s ability to calm down flu’s that won’t go away. The roots extracts are also used to treat various illness for their antiviral and antibacterial properties.
It is a spice that is found in the flowers of the saffron crocus. The styles and stigmas of the flower are the ones that are picked and dried. Saffron has over 150 compounds with aroma that are volatile therefore it is used to give aroma to some foods. The strong orange-yellow color is also used to add color to food.
It is one among the healthiest berries there are and is indigenous to the rainforests of the Amazon. The berry is rich in anti-oxidant properties that can boost immune system, heal and provide energy. It also helps out when you are looking to drop some kilos. Apart from helping you get back in shape it also takes care of your skin, has anti-aging effects, helps women in their menopause keep a balanced mental state and helps keep the digestive tract functioning at its optimum.
This comes from the buttercup family and grows mainly in North America. The Native Americans used it as a remedy and it served the same purpose even in the 19th century when it was widely used as a home remedy. It also has a long history of giving relief for rheumatism. In recent times the herb has gained popularity for its use by menopausal women for vaginal dryness, night sweats, hot flashes and other symptoms that appear during this time.
Rhodiola rosea, also known as arctic root extract, can also be referred to as golden root and grows in cool climates around Northern Asia and Eastern Europe. It has been used in many traditions in the areas it grows to treat anxiety, fatigue and mood swings. The herb is a natural and yet potent adaptogen which helps the mind cope with stressful situations and such kinds of problems. It is also yet another herb that promises to give you an energy boost. Since the extract can give energy and help cope with stress, it is known to improve the mental and physical capabilities of those who use it.