Some of the flavors we love the most usually come from spices and herbs that are also great for our health. These herbs can affect our everyday problems. For example, oregano is known as an effective bacteria fighter. Also, asthma and achy joints can be eased by turmeric, the food that adds punch to Indian food.
It is not the best way with a spicy curry or a fragrant pizza to take advantage of this nutritional bonanza. It is advised to get the nutrients from food and not from pills or something else. But in most cases, our plate doesn’t give us the whole health benefit because it doesn’t have the dose we need.
A cup of herbal tea can help, but often an actual supplement is what you may need. Here are 6 herbs that can act better than pills, some advises how to use them and you should definitely have them in your kitchen cabinet.
*Garlic -Allium sativium
The garlic’s popular and pungent bulb is great for the heart. The executive director and founder of the Austin Texas-based American Botanical Council, Mark Blumenthal says that in few studies, those patients who had atherosclerosis and took garlic significantly reduced the artery plaque. He explains that it also lowers the bad cholesterol or LDL and raises the good one- HDL. It also reduces the potential for a stroke and lowers blood pressure.
The best dosage and form to take garlic is 200-300mg of standardized garlic powder, 3 times a day that will increase your artery health.
Warnings: Adding supplemental garlic may thin your blood too much if you regularly take warfarin(Coumadin) or aspirin. The chair of the Tai Sophia’s herbal division of the botanical healing program in Laurel, Maryland, James Snow says that in order not to thin your blood, you should stop taking garlic 1 or 2 weeks before surgery.
*Ginger -Zingiber officinale
Ginger is a natural anti-nausea remedy. Many researches showed that ginger is effective post-chemotherapy nausea and morning sickness. In several studies it fared better than Dramamine, the motion sickness medicine.
The best dosage for motion sickness is to take 500 milligrams of the powdered extract, thirty minutes before you travel and every 4 hours until your trip ends. You can also prepare an infusion by adding ¼-1gr of ginger into boiling water. Then leave the tea for ten to fifteen minutes and this you can drink it 3times a day.
Warnings: Take it with food if you have tendency toward heartburn and you should also know that pregnant women mustn’t exceed 2gr of ginger per day.
*Oregano -Origanum vulgare
Oregano has 2 powerful compounds: carvacrol and thymol, and many studies have shown that oregano oil can fight infections. The Herb Pharm’ director of botanical and regulatory affairs in Williams, Oregon, David Bunting says that it can help for traveler’s giardiasis and diarrhea but its primary uses are for upper respiratory infections. Oregano is good for low-grade and short-term problems like colds and coughs, but if you develop a high fever or do not feel better after few days you should see a physician, who may prescribe you antibiotics.
There are no caveats, apart from the mouth-burning potential from the pure essential oil.
*Sage -Salvia officinalis
This plant is thought as a brain booster in the herbal medicine, as its age-old usage. Some participants in the British study of healthy adults took Spanish sage oil-capsules consistently and they performed better than those in a control group on a word-recall test. Its compound seems to inhibit the enzyme that is used to treat memory-loss in Alzheimer’s disease patients but no one has yet studied the herb’s effect on Alzheimer’s patients. Bunting says that because of its antiseptic action, it is also classic remedy for sore throat.
The best dosage and form:
Thirty drops of the liquid extract should be taken by the Alzheimer’s patients, 3times a day but it can be used also from a healthy person who wants to say sharp, says Bunting. Try gargle with 10-20 drops of diluted solution of the liquid dissolved in one cup of warm water or you can try sage tea for sore throat issues.
Warnings: There is no risk if you use it in normal doses, but if it is used in amounts that are much higher than the recommended doses it can bring on seizures.
*Peppermint -Mentha x piperita
The peppermint is the best stomach calming herb, hence after dinner mint. Bunting says that it is very good for any kind of digestive upset. The oil that comes in capsules that are enteric-coated is very effective in natural treatments for IBS (irritable bowel syndrome). The capsules are coated and they can pass through the stomach so they can open in the intestines and have an anti-spasmodic effect on the muscles, during the irritable bowel syndrome, leading to the main symptoms: constipation or/and diarrhea.
The best dosage and form:
A simple old peppermint tea can help in relieving upset stomach. Take 1 capsule of 0.2ml of peppermint oil 1-3 times a day with glass of water, before meals, in order to treat irritable bowel syndrome.
Snow says that it will cause worsen acid reflux and heartburn in some people. So, in case you experience any of these problems, you should stop taking it.
*Turmeric -Curcuma longa
Turmeric has powerful anti-inflammatory properties. Many studies claim that it can ease the pain of rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. Turmeric may also protect your heart and help with some inflammatory conditions, like tendinitis.
The best dosage and form:
You can get a therapeutic dose of turmeric just by consuming it with food, unlike with other spice-rack staples. An Ayurvedic clinician in San Jose, California, Reenita Malhotra says that all you need is a pinch of turmeric per serving. But as a supplement, 4gr of turmeric is enough for one day.
Use it sparingly because the powdered turmeric is a powerful blood-cleansing herb.