The use of herbs and spices has been incredibly important throughout history. 

Many were celebrated for their medicinal properties and used to treat all manor of ailment well before culinary use. Medicine has come a long way since then and there is no substitute for competent medical care and routine checkups. But science proves that these herbs carry certain chemicals and can have a positive effect on our health. Packed full of flavour, try adding them to your everyday diet for a balanced and healthier lifestyle. 

Ginger 

Research has consistently shown that one gram or more of ginger can successfully treat nausea. Its anti-inflammatory properties help alleviate morning sickness and sickness related to treatments such as chemotherapy. This plants root is high in minerals like potassium, copper, manganese, magnesium, niacin, phosphorus, and iron. In terms of vitamins, you can get a vitamin B6 and vitamin C boost from the ginger. This may be why it’s so great for immunity. Ginger is also packed with gingerols, inflammation-fighting compounds which some experts believe may help fight some cancers, reduce osteoarthritis pain and soothe sore muscles

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Garlic

Yes, technically a vegetable but it’s widely used to flavour cooking. No one’s having a Sunday roast with a side of garlic. So for the purpose of this blog, we’re referring to it as a herb! One of the most widely used, this little bulb contains a compound called allicin. It’s released when garlic cloves are cut or crushed. Some research suggest it can help lower high cholesterol and high blood pressure. 

Fenugreek

Fenugreek seeds have long been used in Indian cuisine. These little seeds contain fibre, protein, carbohydrates, fats, iron, manganese and magnesium. They have a nutty flavour and are thought to help with breast milk production. Some studies suggest they can boost testosterone levels and may even help control diabetes and blood sugar levels. 

Cannabidiol

A naturally occurring substance that’s used in products like oils and edibles to impart a feeling of relaxation and calm. Found in the cannabis plant but not psychoactive. Whilst it won’t get you ‘high’ it is still illegal in some states and countries. Some studies and research have proven that taking CBD & hemp products, like those found at Kaya hemp company, can reduce chronic pain, relieve cancer symptoms and help with anxiety and depression.

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Dandelion 

We’ve all seen that little yellow flowery weed growing in our gardens and we’ve all blown them and made wishes during our childhood. But consuming dandelions may have some health benefits too. Dandelions contain antioxidants and may help fight inflammation. Some tests found that they aid blood sugar control leading to improved insulin sensitivity. There is some belief that dandelion can detoxify certain organs, lower blood pressure and cholesterol.

Stinging nettles

Although our natural instinct is to stay away from these stingy little plants their roots and leaves contain nutrients we could benefit from.  Many of them act as antioxidants, helping our bodies fight against free radicals. Some testing also suggested that drinking nettle tea may help treat enlarged prostates and urinating problems.

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Karla Urwitz

As a full-time career oriented mother of one, I love to chat and write about topics that matter to me in my life. My day has to starts with a cup of joe and usually ends with exhaustion. I have a passion for cross stitching and of course spending time with the kiddo. I am always on the look out for topics to write about like recipes, healthy living, and products I find fascinating.

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