Common Kitchen Herbs that Heal Part 2
Medicinal herbs, that are probably already in your kitchen, are packed with health benefits that may very well surprise you. Do you know that all herbs and spices have medicinal properties? It’s true, and each one offers different healing effects ranging from helping you recover from the common cold to preventing cancer and disease.
- Crampy tummy? Add Mint. Peppermint contains menthol, a natural plant compound that relaxes pain inducing intestinal spasms. This reduces belly discomfort by 40 percent, according to German researchers. Pairs well with eggplant, tomatoes, lamb, green peas, melon, couscous, hot and cold beverages.
- Achy joints? Add Curry Powder. The curcumin in curry inhibits the body’s production of prostaglandin E2, an inflammation compounds that oversensitises nerves. This blunts joint and muscle pain as effectively as prescription medications. Pairs well with lentils, mangoes, rice, cauliflower, spinach.
- Bloating? Add Parsley. Thanks to its stores of apoil and myriad ticin, parsley is a natural diuretic that relieves bloat inducing water retention by preventing salt from being reabsorbed into bodily tissues. Pairs well with grains, onions, parmesan cheese, pasta, salads, seafood, tomatoes.
- Feeling down? Add Basil. The eugenol and rosmarinic acid in basil boost the brain’s production of dopamine and serotonin. According to Indian researchers, this could lead to sunnier moods in as little as there day. Pairs well with tomatoes, olives, strawberries, melon, fresh mozzarella pizza, pasta, white fish, feta cheese.
- Nauseous? Add Ginger. Ginger’s gingerol and shogaol calm digestive tract spasms to reduce nausea better than motion sickness drugs, according to a study at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. Pairs well with citrus fruit, tea, sweet potatoes, pork, coconut, miso soup, onions, relishes, pears, rice.