Spices are the holy grail of health. I use them every single day, either in my meals or beverages and smoothies. And since the dawn of time, the witches and shamans used them in their healing poultices and remedies.
Today, research has shown that spices hold the most antioxidant quantity apart from all other foods.
What does this mean for your health?
Well, in laymen terms, herbs with a high antioxidant count destroy cancerous cells and promote a stellar health. Not to mention, that you can use some of these herbs medicinally to control diabetes and other life-altering diseases.
Do not forget to be very careful when using some of these spices in medicinal amounts. They contain powerful substances that can interact with your medication, so please discuss with your doctor before you attempt to take them for medicinal purposes.
Without further due, these are the dried herbs that should never miss from your kitchen:
The dry bay leaf is an amazing anti-diabetes herb. To fully benefit from its properties, you can take one ground bay leaf twice a day. This should lower your:
- pre-meal blood sugar levels
- “bad” low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol
Besides this, bay leaf seems to possess substances that fights against certain bacteria and even fungi. Therefore, adding them into your food might give your body that extra kick you needed.
Who Shouldn’t take Bay Leaves
Do not consume bay leaves if you are currently taking:
- Pain medication like meperidine (Demerol), hydrocodone, morphine, OxyContin, etc.
- Sedative medications like clonazepam (Klonopin), lorazepam (Ativan), phenobarbital (Donnatal), zolpidem (Ambien), etc.
Also, monitor your blood sugar levels closely if you suffer from diabetes.
This plant contains chemicals that:
- Act as muscle relaxers
- Fight off harmful bacteria
- Increase urine production (like water pills)
Therefore, you can add dill more often to your foods to gradually get rid of flatulence, liver, kidney and gallbladder problems, hemorrhoids, infections and sleep disorders.
Who Shouldn’t Consume Dill
If you are allergic to plants in the carrot family (like asafoetida, caraway, celery, coriander, and fennel) then you should steer clear of it. As well as people who take lithium, since it can negatively interact with it. You can discuss with your doctor to adjust your lithium intake so that it will be safe for you.
Also, if you are suffering from diabetes, you should monitor your blood sugar levels carefully when you decide to consume dill in medicinal amounts.
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Since I started working on my bio garden, I’ve been very adamant about one thing in particular – basil.
I don’t know about you, but it’s one of my favorite herbs. I adore its aroma and add it in almost anything. For example, when I get bored of plain old water, I add two basil leaves to it and the result is amazing. Try it yourself next time.
This is one of the reasons why my wife insists on cooking when we have guests, since it’s very hard for me to part from my best herb.
And I don’t call it this way lightly, but it’s one of the few herbs that doesn’t interact with any medication and it’s safe for anyone to take. Not to mention that basil contains powerful antibacterial and antifungal properties that promote the health of your gastrointestinal tract. Not to mention it’s rich amount of vitamin K and A.
This herb will be your best friend in the flu season. Why? You can use it to:
Reduce coughs and decrease the production of sputum if you suffer from bronchitis, upper respiratory tract infections, or common colds. You can take it by mouth or with other herbs. Or add it to your favorite electuary -> Electuary – A Simple Herbal Remedy To Shake Off The Flu
Moreover, thyme contains substances that ward off bacterial and fungal infections. This is one of the reasons that some research showed that applying a mixture of essential oils (containing thyme, lavender, rosemary and cedarwood) onto the scalp improves hair growth.
Who shouldn’t consume thyme?
If you take medication like Anticoagulant / Antiplatelet drugs:
- clopidogrel (Plavix)
- diclofenac (Voltaren, Cataflam, others)
- ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, others)
- warfarin (Coumadin), etc.
Also, don’t use thyme if you suffer from the following conditions: breast cancer, uterine cancer, ovarian cancer, endometriosis, or uterine fibroids. Moreover, if you are allergic to oregano, you might also be allergic to thyme.
What are your thoughts on this topic?
Have you been using these herbs in cooking before?
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To you health!