4 Common Medicinal Herbs and
Plants for Healing and Cooking
See the top 4 herbs and
plants for healing and cooking.
healing herbs for your health have anti-inflammatory properties, relief
from digestive ailments and immunity boosting properties. Healing herbs
existed long before modern medicine and were easily found in fields and
on mountain tops.
have also been widely used across numerous cultures to help preserve
foods, enhance their flavor and infuse them for fragrances.
Herbs such as
rosemary, sage, basil and
, among others, offer a range of
Have a look at the top 4 cooking and healing herbs for your health
below and the uses for each herb.
Medicinal Herbs and Plants: Rosemary
This healing herb and culinary herb is used
widely in European and
Mediterranean Cooking. Rosemary has needle-shaped leaves that have a
lovely fragrance and a pungent flavor. The botanical names of the herb
Rosmarinus Officinalis is derived from the Latin word for 'dew of the
sea', on account of its pretty pale blue flowers as well as the fact
that it grows along the coast.
Medicinal Uses for
Traditionally, rosemary has been used as a muscle
t. In fact, it is said to soothe the muscles of the
digestive tract. It also has an antiseptic
value. Due to the presence
of rosmarinic acid, rosemary has antioxidant
Studies by the University of Illinois have found that rosemary greatly
reduces the incidence of breast cancer
in animals at high
developing the disease.
Medicinal Herbs and Plants: Sage
Ancient Greeks and Romans
properties. Arab physicians in the 10 th
century believed that it bestowed immortality. Its reputation for being
blessed with ample medicinal properties is reflected in the fact that
its botanical name, Salvia Officinalis is derived from the Latin word,
slavere, which means to be saved.
Medicinal Uses for Sage:
contains rosmarinic acid, just as rosemary
does. In addition to being an antioxidant, rosmarinic acid also has
, which is why it is prescribed to people
with rheumatoid arthritis
and bronchial asthma
Published research in the Pharmacological Biochemical Behavior Journal
(June 2003), also lists the attributes of sage a a memory enhancing
Medicinal Herbs and Plants: Thyme
Known for its strong fragrance,
been used in folk
medicine to treat chest and respiratory
disorders. Ancient Egyptians have also used it during their
Medicinal Uses for Thyme:
oil components of thyme, such as
carvacolo, borneol, geraniol and thymol, give the herb its powerful
medicinal attributes. These components have been found to inhibit
. Thyme contains a number of flavonoids
apigenin and narigenin, which give it
powerful antioxidant properties
Thyme is also very high in iron and manganese, calcium and dietary
Medicinal Herbs and Plants:
gets its name from the old
Greek word basilikohn, which means 'royal'. True to its name, the herb
has been the object of reverence in cultures such as India and Greece
because of its medicinal and mythical qualities.
Medicinal Uses for Basil:
a good source of vitamin A, especially
carotenoids such as beta-carotene. Therefore, it has potent
antioxidant properties that can prove helpful in preventing free
, which is known to trigger conditions such
arteriosclerosis, asthma, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
Basil is a medicinal herb that is also rich in iron, calcium,
potassium, vitamin C and magnesium.
Basil also has anti-inflammatory
due to the presence of
eugenol which inhibits an enzyme called cyclooxygenase (COX), which
over-the-counter inflammatory medications also do.
More Herbal Resources for You:
to Grow Herbs
Herbs as Companion Plants
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