Herbs are nature’s wonder drugs. Before allopathic medicines became a norm, herbs had got our back and guess what, with a lot less or no side effects. Numerous pharmaceutical drugs are still derived from plants. Eating fresh (and dried) herbs provides your body with numerous benefits including balancing hormones and boosting detoxification.
Here’s a list of three herbs that are immensely healing, their benefits and tips on how to use them.
An excellent source of antioxidants and beneficial enzymes, in addition to vitamins and minerals such as vitamin K, vitamin C, potassium, folate and vitamin B6, this crunchy plant does good to your body in more than one way. Used in folk medicine for centuries for its anti-hypertensive properties, Celery is revered for its cardiovascular benefits. It helps improve blood pressure and cholesterol levels, as well as prevents heart disease. Besides, it boosts digestion, weight loss and can prevent dehydration or bloating.
Add Celery to Salads, soups, stir fry, smoothie or juice. You can also eat celery raw with some nut butter and raisins. Celery’s compounds, including its flavonoids and polyphenols, are delicate nutrients that can be lost when you overcook celery. So, it’s best to eat celery raw or to lightly cook it, such as steaming celery for a few minutes to soften it.
This fragrant herb, which is a favourite with many, is loaded with a bunch of nutrients. Having Basil daily supplies the body Vitamin A and Vitamin K which helps prevent cholesterol in blood from oxidizing, helping to prevent atherosclerosis, heart attacks, and stroke. Not surprisingly, basil also has antibacterial properties and contains DNA-protecting flavonoids. It restricts the growth of numerous harmful bacteria. Basil is extremely beneficial to counteract common cold, influenza, diabetes, asthma, bronchitis, earache, headache, stomach upset, fever, viral hepatitis, malaria, and tuberculosis. It is also used for mercury poisoning, to promote longevity, as a mosquito repellent, and to counteract snake and scorpion bites.
Use Basil in Salads or just chew on to fresh ones. A cup of relaxing Basil tea is wonderful for your coughs, colds, digestion, prevents constipation and more. Make pesto out of it or toss it in Thai curries. This herb is full of flavour and can add a pleasant twist to many dishes.
This everyday herb is packed with so many beneficial nutrients, essential oil and antioxidants that is often called a superfood. Parsley benefits the body in many ways and is considered a naturally effective treatment for a wide range of symptoms and diseases. For centuries in folk medicine, Parsley essential oil has been used as a natural detox remedy, diuretic, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory agent. According to a 2013 report in the Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine, parsley has been used as “a treatment of gastrointestinal disorder, hypertension, cardiac disease, urinary disease, diabetes and also various dermal diseases in traditional and folklore medicines.” It is also useful in conditions like inflammation, oxidative stress or free radical damage, anaemia, bladder infection, digestive problems, including Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), kidney stones, bad breath, arthritis, bloating, Skin problems and more.
Use Parley in soups, stews, pasta dishes, spreads, marinades, dips, salads or smoothies. There are endless ways to incorporate Parsley into your diet. Its fresh taste goes well with the flavours of potatoes, rice, fish, chicken, lamb and almost every type of vegetable.
What are your favourite herbs and how do you like to use them? Let us know in the comments.