Herbs are not just an ingredient to make your cooking a bit more tasty. These are a few of our favourite herbs and their health benefits.
Rosemary is a rich source of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds. These are thought to help boost the immune system and improve blood circulation. It is also a great herb to improve digestion and to enhance memory and concentration.
Sage has been used in medicine to help alleviate symptoms of digestive problems and mental disorders, such as Alzheimer’s and depression. Sage is also rich in antioxidants and important nutrients, such as vitamin K. In fact, sage has been considered a solution or remedy for all difficulties or diseases throughout history because of its wide range of uses in cooking and medicine. Sage is said to help improve memory and information processing, act as an anti-inflammatory, help lower cholesterol levels, and alleviate stomach pains.
Basil has various health benefits! The herb can assist in treating arthritis and inflammatory bowel diseases, helping to reduce inflamation and swelling after treatment, and assisting in anti-aging treatment. Basil is rich in vitamin A, vitamin K, vitamin C, magnesium, iron, potassium, and calcium.
Coriander can be used to treat skin inflammation, diarrhoea, mouth ulcers, anemia, indigestion, conjunctivitis, high blood pressure and blood sugar disorders. This herb helps to induce urination allowing the release of excess water from the body. The disinfectant, detoxifying, antiseptic, antifungal and antioxidant properties of coriander are ideal for clearing up skin disorders such as eczema, dryness and fungal infections. Not only does coriander assist in reducing cholesterol levels in the blood, it also helps to raise the levels of healthy cholesterol! In addition to all of these, fresh coriander leaves are excellent appetisers to get your bowels prepared for a large meal.
Fennel is a highly aromatic and flavorful herb with culinary and medicinal uses. The health benefits include relief from anemia, indigestion, flatulence, constipation, colic, diarrhea, and respiratory disorders. On hte Indian Subcontinent, it is common practice to chew fennel seeds after meals to aid digestion and eliminate bad breath. Fennel, or its essence, is widely used around the world in mouth fresheners, toothpastes, desserts, and antacids.
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