If you’re serious about improving your health, your digestion, fighting cancer and inflammation, you should strongly consider adding spices and herbs to your meals, teas and life.
There are no ifs, ands, or buts about it – plants and herbs have the power to heal. Here are three – out of hundreds – and some easy ways to integrate them in into your diet.
Origin: Basil originated in India, and was brought to Italy via the spice trade during ancient civilizations. It’s part of the mint family.
Interesting Fact: Basil is derived from the greek word basilicon which means “royal”. A word indicative of the ancient culture’s high respect for the herb.
Benefits: In China, the medicinal use of Basil can be traced back more than 3000 years. Here a are a few of its many benefits:
- Anti-bacterial and Anti-parasitic
- Aids in digestion, like many other herbs do
- Headache relief
- Studies show basil can protect our cells from radiation damage, making it an anti-cancerous herb
Recipe – Basil Tea: Boil some water, chop 3-4 Basil leaves of your choice, crush a piece of ginger, steep for 5 minutes, and then drink up.
Origin: Fennel is native to southern Europe and the Mediterranean and is part of the same family as carrots, celery and anise.
Interesting Fact: The name comes from the Greek word for “marathon” because the famous battle at Marathon (490 BC) was fought on a field of Fennel.
- Calms gas pains and flatulence
- Calms menstrual cramps
- Kidney Detoxification
- Clears Hiccups
- Studies show that it induces lactation and improves the quality of the milk in nursing mothers
Recipe – CCF Tea: An Ayervedic blend, which includes a synergistic mixture of Cumin, Coriander and Fennel. You can add a 1/4 tsp of each seed in 2 cups water in a pot. Bring it to a boil and let it steep for 5 minutes.
Origin: Native to Egypt and Westen Asia – It dates back in writing to about 3000 B.C. when it earned a mention in Egyptian medical texts.
Interesting Fact: The word dill originated from the word dylla meaning to soothe or lull.
- Soothes digestive disturbances
- Strengthens the stomach’s functions
- Anti-cancerous and antibacterial
- Detoxifies the liver
Recipe – Mixed Herb Infused Water: This recipe (from this link) is worth a try.
- Sprig of rosemary
- 2 sprigs dill
- 1 sprigs thyme
- 2 sprigs of mint
Tear the herb leaves to release the oils and at to two cups of water and refrigerate. You can also boil the leaves in water and steep for a quick hot tea.
Try the above recipes either as a refreshing drink between meals or a way to support digestion after meals.
Cheers to healing herbs!