Every home needs a Herbalist

There are so many things, every day things that can help with our health.  There is a good chance you have plants/herbs or spices in your kitchen cupboard or your garden. 

Garlic – Garlic can help combat a cold, improve blood pressure, lower cholesterol, it can help with heart health and some research suggests it’s potency in fighting some cancers. 

Cayenne pepper – Capsaicin, an ingredient in cayenne pepper, it can be used for pain relief, treating colds and congestion, protect the nervous system.  Cayenne pepper is high in Antioxidants in the shape of Vitamin C and E, beta carotene as well as cryptoxanthin, a source of Vitamin A. 

Tumeric – Tumeric can be used as a Poultice to sooth skin and reduce inflammation. Tumeric is several times stronger than than Vitamin E and Vitamin C.  It’s very high in antioxidant which can help boost your immunity and help maintain a normal cholesterol level. 

Parsley – Parsley is rich in nutrients as well as adding flavour to any meal. It’s rich in Vitamins K, A and C.  It’s high in Antioxidants which may help towards heart health, boost immunity, benefit bone health and liver health. It’s a culinary delight in any dish. 

Chives – chives have an amazing onion like taste with added health benefits.  They are generally used as a garnish but packed with health benefits it’s a good idea to sprinkle chopped chives into your prepared meals. Several studies found that they could help prevent cancer.  Chives are packed with Vitamin K which is vital in the fight for developing bone density in childhood, a high level of Vitamin A may help prevent the development of Osteoporosis in later life.  It may help to improve memory

Basil – The benefits of Basil is huge. It’s worth investigating further with many sources available online. Basil has anti inflammatory effects, it helps and prevents with heart disease,  help fight Diabetes and lower cholesterol. Basil also has antimicrobial properties which are vital for fighting bacterial infections. 

A good way to use Basil with all of it’s benefits is by making a delicious pesto sauce. 

 

There are other plants in your garden that a lot of people try to get rid of as they are seen as weeds. One of them is the humble Dandelion, packed with antioxidants, can reduce cholesterol and regulate blood sugar. The benefits of this amazing little plant is huge. 

A few other plants that are classed as weeds are but are worth investigating: 

Feverfew, Yarrow, Mullein, Chickweed, Plantain, Burdock, Cleavers, Clover, Daisy, Shepherds Purse.  The list is absolutely endless.  We’ve got healing herbs all around us, herbs that would benefit our health greatly if we knew how to incorporate them into our daily lives.  

Happy Foraging! 

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