Not only do herbs and spices, bulbs and roots add delicious flavour and interest to your cooking, they also provide endless health benefits thanks to their medicinal qualities. Here is a brief overview of the main culinary ones:
Muscle relaxant, digestion aid, laxative.
Anti-inflammatory, antioxident, anxiolytic (calms anxiety), anthlmintic (vermifuge), anti-parasitic.
Balances blood sugar, sedative, reduces high blood pressure.
Aids digestion and reduces heartburn, bloating and nausea. May also be used for mild depression.
Anti-inflammatory, relieves arthritis painimproves circulation, enhances memory, aids respiration and alleviates indigestion.
Helps relieve symptoms of gout, insomnia and kidney stones.
Cardiovascular tonic that enhances circulation, anti-inflammatory, enhances memory, helps respiration.
Regulates digestion and also bladder problems, antibacterial effect.
Balances blood sugar, gently stimulates circulation, antifungal.
Painkiller, allevites diarrhea and nausea.
Anti-inflammatory, prevents intestinal gas, alleviates cramps and gout.
Antiviral, anti-inflammatory, enhances the memory
Relieves congestion, stomach cramps and headaches
Prevents gas, relieves sore throat and congestion, laxative
Antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, boosts immunity, lowers blood pressure and reduces blood clotting.
Alleviates nausea and dizziness, anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving, eases muscle aches, relieves allergies and intestinal bloating.
Treats sinusitis, reduces inflammation, detoxifies the liver and gall bladder, diuretic.
Treats burns, insomnia, anxiety, migraines.
Aids digestion, alleviates fever.
Decongestant, cleansing, potent source of vitamin C.
Reduces chronic (and adrenal) fatigue, aids digestion, treats eczema, aids respiration, enhances immunity.
Excellent digestive aid, antispasmodic, helpful for coughs and colds.
Alleviates congestion, aids circulation.
Relieves allergy symptoms, reduces inflammation
Antiseptic, reduces high blood pressure, alleviates symptoms of asthma and colds.
High in vitamin C.
Antibacterial, antiviral, antioxidant.
Improves circulation, alleviates symptoms of colds and kidney infections.
Powerful diuretic, antioxidant, aids liver and kidneys, improves eyesight.
Digestive aid, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, stimulates the breakdown of fat cells.
Muscle relaxant, relieves, heartburn, nausea anad indigestion, eases coughs and congestion.
Anti-inflammatory, improves circulation, enhances memory, opens respiratory passages
Stimulates the memory and immune system, improves circulation, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antispasmodic (digestive cramps), diuretic.
Antibiotic, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, stimulant, general tonic, memory aid.
Anti-fungal, antioxidant, sedative.
Antibacterial, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory.
Powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, prevents blood clotting.