Emerging from the heart of the plants, herbs have many qualities. One can improvise the taste of food with herbs without adding calories to it. Herbs are provided with properties that keep your heart healthy and most of them have anti-inflammatory properties. They tend to protect you from diseases like heart stroke, diabetes and cancer.
We often see stock of herbs in general stores and grocery shops. Stored herbs may not have equally good properties as fresh ones. Gradually herbs lose their nutritional content. One should prefer fresh herbs with less packaging time. You can even grow them in your garden. Let us uncover properties of some of the herbs that are used in day to day life.
Oregano has good amount of antioxidants that help to fight against infections. It is medically used for treating congestion, cough, fever and body ache. Oregano possesses antibacterial, antiviral and antibiotic properties. It has cancer fighting elements and shows antimicrobial activity on pathogens borne on food. It can be sprinkled on many dishes. A tablespoon of oregano in soup helps preventing many diseases.
Pungent flavoured herb is a very good source of vitamin A. Two tablespoons of the herb fulfils half of your body’s daily requirement for vitamin. This herb is traditionally used in digestive problems and nausea. In addition, mint is good for headache, cavities, pimples and respiratory disorders like asthma. Essential oils from peppermint and spearmint are used in making of toothpaste, breathe fresheners and chewing gums. These oils have a good effect on regulating blood pressure. It is most used in beverages and can be added in other dishes also.
Coriander is a good supplier of iron, magnesium and fibre. It detoxifies the body by removing heavy toxic metals like lead, mercury from body tissues. Small green leaves of coriander are rich source of vitamin k, vitamin c and proteins and helps in treating many diseases. It has antioxidants that are good for your eyes and a remedy for conjunctivitis.
Coriander helps maintaining cholesterol, helps in digestion and proper functioning of liver. It stimulates the secretion of insulin and helps lowering the blood sugar level in diabetes patients.
Basil is a kind of herb that can be added to anything. It is rich in fibre and has intense anti-inflammatory activity. Basil calms the nerves and detoxifies the liver.
Basil pierces the mucus in lungs, opens nasal passage, increases capacity of lungs and allows you to breathe better. It refines brain and lungs relieving headaches, chest infections, allergies, respiratory disorders like bronchitis, asthma. Basil is very effective in treating digestive disorders as it clears the intestinal tract. It even helps in absorbing nutrients in colon, reducing bad cholesterol and maintains weight of the body.
Basil is an herb well known for its anti-cancer properties. Its warming effect allows body to sweat and enhance cleaning process of body during fever. Basil helps keeping your skin clean and also improves your memory.