Getting through the cold and flu season, you may inquire about herbs as natural remedies for your ailments. Herbs are so beneficial to our heath in so many ways and they should be recognized. Use herbs in your cooking and remember to incorporate them into your diet for overall health and wellness.
Basil – This aromatic herb doesn’t just smell good, it is a great source for energy, reducing inflammation, and protecting cell DNA from radiation. Basil is rich in vitamin A, vitamin K, vitamin C, magnesium, iron, potassium, and calcium. Basil contains high quantitites of (E)-beta-caryophyllene (BCP), which may be useful in treating arthritis and inflammatory bowel diseases.
Rosemary – This unique herb has been used in Chinese medicine for many years and is known to improve cognitive function, increase energy, and boost digestion and the immune system. It is also a good source of iron, calcium, and vitamin B6. Rosemary contains an ingredient, carnosic acid, that is able to fight off free radical damage in the brain. A major component of rosemary, carnosic acid, can significantly promote eye health.
Oregano - This herb is used to treat respiratory tract disorders, gastrointestinal (GI) disorders, menstrual cramps, and urinary tract disorders. The herb is also applied topically to help treat a number of skin conditions, such as acne and dandruff. Oregano contains fiber, iron, manganese, vitamin E, iron, calcium, omega fatty acids, manganese, and typtophan. The essential oil of Himalayan oregano has strong antibacterial properties that can even kill the hospital superbug MRSA.
Mint – This tasty herbal remedy is a fantastic tool for improving overall digestion, intestinal absorption, and relieving stomach discomfort. It is beneficial for asthma patients as it is a good relaxant and relieves congestion. Mint increases alertness, retention, and cognitive function and stimulates digestive enzymes.
Chives – This onion relative is a source of vitamin C, calcium, and iron. It’s allicin content can lower cholesterol and blood pressure, which improves your overall health, particularly that of your heart.
Bay leaves – Traditionally the true bay leaf, Laurus nobilis, has been used as a diuretic to increase urination and remove excess water and an emetic to induce vomiting, bay leaves have astringent properties that help stop secretions due to infection and reduce excessive sweating brought on by illness.
Recently, a 2009 study found that bay leaf can affect blood glucose, cholesterol, and triglycerides. This is great news for diabetes patients who commonly have the risk of heart disease.
Beware of Umbellularia californica, sometimes sold as “California bay leaves,” since they look like the true bay leaf but they can damage the central nervous system and cause respiratory distress when inhaled.
Good health and wellness is living a healthy lifestyle to prevent long term issues. Valley Spinal Care Kierland offers resources for good health and to stay on top of your game! Call us at (480) 443-7678 for quality chiropractic services!