Top 10 herbs and spices that you should have in your medicine cabinet

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Adding herbs and spices to your meals is a great way of adding flavor and taste to your dishes without adding extra calories. Herbs and spices have many medicinal benefits and can help to prevent illnesses from colds and flues to cancer or arthritis. Unlike pharmaceutical drugs that have many side effects, herbs and spices have been proven to be as effective or even superior to drugs, without any side effects. 

Educating yourself about natural remedies and healthy diet can empower you to take back control of your health and not feel hopeless or helpless when a disease strikes. Herbs and spices can have numerous benefits for your body organs such as heart, kidney and liver. Using herbs and spices can improve your overall health and wellbeing and boost your metabolism, energy, and immune system, and improve your sleep.

Here are the top herbs and spices you should keep in your kitchen:

1. Basil , tarragon, and mint

Basil, tarragon, and mint have great anti-inflammatory and antiviral properties and can help to cleanse your body and boost your immune system. The antibacterial and antiseptic property of mint is ideal for killing bacteria. Tarragon is a great herb for detox and can improve toothache, inflamed gums, and cardiovascular health.

2. Cinnamon and cayenne pepper

Both cinnamon and cayenne pepper can help to boost your metabolism and fight against obesity. The powerful antioxidants in cinnamon and cayenne pepper can also help to fight against cancer, Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s. Cinnamon can help diabetics by improving the glucose level and can improve the level of cholesterol and triglyceride. Cayenne pepper is also a great anti-inflammatory and antifungal and can help headaches and improve digestive system.

3. Saffron, cardamom, and turmeric

 Saffron, cardamom, and turmeric are great source of antioxidants and can help to fight cancer cells. In fact, according to researchers, turmeric, cardamom, and saffron can be as effective and even superior to pharmaceutical drugs.

4. Rosemary, bay leaves, and oregano

Oregano is a great anti-inflammatory and a powerful anti-bacterial and antifungal and can help colds and flues, headaches, and respiratory problems.  Rosemary can help insomnia and calm down the nerves by reducing stress and anxiety. According to studies, bay leaf can also help to kill cancer cells, improve diabetes, prevent kidney stones, and improve brain disorders.

5. Ginger, garlic and thyme

Ginger and garlic are great anti-inflammatory and can help to fight against cancer. According to researchers, ginger extract can be superior to painkiller drugs such as Tylenol or Advil. Ginger can also help nausea and digestive issues. Researchers suggest that garlic is a great blood thinner better than drug aspirin that can cause gastric ulcers and interfere with vitamin metabolism. The powerful anti-inflammatory in thyme can also help to improve common cold and flu, arthritis, diarrhea, and bronchitis.

6. Cilantro, parsley, fennel, and dill

Cilantro and parsley are great anti-inflammatory and powerful source of antioxidants. The antioxidants in parsley can help to cleanse kidney and bladder and cilantro is a great detox and can help to lower cholesterol and regulate insulin levels. Dill is a powerful anti-inflammatory, diuretic and antibacterial and can help to improve digestive issues.

7. Tea tree and milk thistle

Tea tree is a great antibacterial and antifungal and can help skin inflammation and fight common cold and flu. Milk thistle is an amazing herb for improving liver function and can lower the risk of inflammatory liver disease, liver cirrhosis and chronic hepatitis.

8. Ginkgo Biloba, ginseng, and aloe vera

Ginkgo biloba extract has many medicinal benefits and can help to improve depression, diabetes, headache, atherosclerosis, tinnitus, and poor circulation. Ginseng is a great herb for boosting the energy level, and lowering the level of cholesterol. Ginseng can help to promote relaxation and is beneficial for diabetics.  According to researchers, the powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidants in aloe vera can help to boost the immune system and destroy cancer cells.

9. Dandelion, peppermint, and sage

Dandelion is beneficial for treating kidney and liver problems and can help to improve stomach issues. Sage is also a powerful anti-inflammatory and a great antiseptic and can help to improve digestion and reduce menopausal symptoms. According to research, peppermint is a powerful antibacterial and antifungal and can help to improve inflammatory bowel disease.

10. Nutmeg powder and cloves

Clove is a powerful antifungal and can help to improve oral hygiene, gum disease, and toothache. Clove can also help to improve candida and infections. Nutmeg seeds and powder can help to improve relaxation and lower the risk of insomnia, stress and anxiety. According to researchers, nutmeg is as effective as drugs imipramine and fluoxetine for treating depression.

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