Asthma, Cancer, diabetes, heart diseases, and obesity.
Look around and ask. How many people have at least one of the above listed chronic health conditions? Too many to count, I bet. With the ever increasing rate in chronic health conditions worldwide, the need for a healthy living becomes top priority. But, what does one do? One never values one’s health until sickness comes.
For every drug that benefits a patient, there is always a natural substance that can achieve the same effect. Rummage your kitchen and the first five herbs you find are all the cure you need. For thousands of years, the healthiest of herbs and spices have been used in cooking every day’s meals.
Ginger– This wonderfully spicy herb, in addition to the special pungent flavor it gives your food, has numerous health benefits. Over thousands of years ginger has widely been used to deal with nausea and vomiting. Ginger also effectively manages inflammation, which is one of the most serious problems that tag along with chronic conditions. Several studies have demonstrated that ginger is more effective against Staphylococcus bacterial infections than antibiotics. Ginger also eases brain inflammation and a variety of gut problems like acid reflux, ulcerative colitis and gastric distress. This wonder herb also has extensive anti- cancer properties and acts to kill most aggressive cancer cells that are difficult to treat like colorectal, lung, breast, skin, ovarian and prostate cancer.
Turmeric– Not only is turmeric a culinary marvel, its health benefits are simply stunning. There is no end to the number of positive effects this herb can have on one’s health. Be it a fresh wound, heightened cholesterol levels, indigestion, unmanageable insulin levels, arthritis, weakened immune system or even cancer, Turmeric is the most efficient remedy. Its remarkable anti-inflammatory properties help in relieving pain and treating both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. This property also reduces swelling at sites of tissue damage and its anti bacterial and antiseptic effects speed up the wound healing process. Using turmeric in food seasoning is known to reduce cholesterol levels and also moderate levels of insulin in the body. Turmeric is also highly effective against cancer cells. In fact, research shows that turmeric can destroy existing cancer cells and also prevent tumor regrowth.
Cinnamon– Backed with scientific evidence, it is said that this spectacular herb could be the solution for blood sugar problems, bacterial infections, arthritis, cancer prevention psychological wellness and memory recall. That and its beautiful flavor combined with its anti-bacterial properties makes cinnamon an ideal food preservative.
Mint– In addition to the special zing these leaves add to your food, this humble herb has a number of health benefits that would astound you. Mint helps relieve indigestion, boosts your immunity and is a very effective cure when it comes to cough and asthma. More than just a mouth freshener, mint leaves can be used as pain balms and also a remedy to get acne free skin that glows!
Cumin– Commonly known as “Jeera” in the Indian household, these tiny little seeds are more than just flavor enhancers. From regulating blood sugar levels to being helpful infighting cancer, this humble herb works wonders on the human body. Cumin seeds are rich in iron content and help fight most cases of anemia. Cumin also boosts one’s immunity; its anti-fungal properties assist in fighting off cold and other infections, asthma, indigestion and also are sometimes used to treat hair loss.
Listed above are the amazing health effects of just 5 herbs. Imagine how healthy the others can make you. Basil, Rosemary, Parsley, Oregano, Thyme, Cilantro, Dill, Chives, Tarragon, Sage, the list is endless. Using a very small quantity of these herbs to your daily meal could change everything from the flavor in your food to the number of visits to the hospital.
This article is to bring to light the long forgotten culinary style that our ancestors have followed for over thousands of years and stayed healthy. Granted, the word is changing and we are evolving into one where fast foods make mealtimes cheaper and tastier. But, are they making us healthier?
All the foods described above can be grown and processed in completely natural ways. Thus, there is no question of pollution of any kind here. The modern medicine that one takes in the form of capsules or syrups, they undergo multiple stages of processing, which require a large area for construction of the factory, setting up of the research facility, etc. Moreover, they consume large amounts of power for the said stages. Finally, these facilities test their medicines on animals in most cases. Thus, if these natural herbs were grown, it would be a win-win scenario all around.
Nature always employs the most efficient means to achieve ends. The cure we are seeking for our problems is just out there. Mother earth has bestowed upon us both flavor and health. Are we going to be smart enough to utilize her resources in the best way possible? The herbs listed above are fairly easy to be grown in your backyard. Grab a shovel and change your garden. Shun the money you’re going to spend on medical expenses. Like the legendary Hippocrates once said, “Let food be thy medicine, and let thy medicine be food”.
Eat healthy. Stay Healthy.