Is Your Cupboard Equipped with the 7 Super Herbs?
With 100s of herbs to choose from, you have to wonder which can offer your mind, body and spirit the greatest health advantages. Lavender… Chamomile… Aloe… which herbs should you be stocking in your cupboards?
Luckily you don’t have to look far as we have done all the searching for you!
Take the following Super 7 Herbs…
Not only are these herbal helpers a healthy alternative to your traditional antibiotics, they are also great for helping you to resolve a variety of minor ailments.
- Aloe – studies have linked aloe vera to the stimulation of new cells, making it the ideal remedy for treating minor wounds and burns. Simply take an aloe vera leaf, slit it open and rub its gel onto your burn and its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial action will help to minimize swelling, boost your immune system and limit infection.
- Chamomile– ideal for reducing stress and anxiety, Argentinean and Japanese researchers believe the apigenin found in chamomile oils binds to the same cells as the valium family used in tranquilisers, helping you to feel calm and relaxed.Simply drink a cup of chamomile tea or add chamomile flowers to your bath to relieve anxiety and sooth your soul. Alternatively to help treat damaged hair combine chamomile oil with coconut oil, almond oil and rosemary oil to help balance its natural oil levels.
- Ginger – this little herb not only makes your cakes and biscuits mouth-wateringly tasty; they also help to prevent motion and morning sickness. Plus as an added bonus, studies have found ginger to be extremely beneficial to arthritis due to its anti-inflammatory properties.
- Lavender – this fragrant herb has been used for centuries to improve sleep and digestion, as well as by doctors to quicken recovery from childbirth. When offered lavender oil, synthetic oil or a placebo, new mothers have reportedly healed faster using lavender oil.So whether you have lavender in your bath (put a handful of lavender flowers into a hot bath) or in your tea (1-3tsp of flowers per cup); you’ll soon feel completely and utterly relaxed. And if you suffer from hair loss? Add lavender oil to your regular shampoo and it can help nourish and protect your hair.
- Peppermint – settle your stomach with a little peppermint. Rich in menthol and carvone, in one German study researchers gave participants suffering from chronic indigestion, either a placebo or a digestive aid containing peppermint oil and caraway oil. After 4 weeks, the placebo group experienced no change; whilst 95% of those given peppermint reported a big improvement (63% were free from pain).But this is not all peppermint can do…It has also been used to treat colds, helping to sooth sore throats and decongest your nasal passages. Simply add 1-2tsp of peppermint to hot water and experience relief as it calms your throat and stomach.
- Tea Tree– this little herb has been proven during studies to be equally as effective as pharmaceutical antiseptics; helping to kill bacteria and treat fungal infections such as dandruff, athlete’s food and toenail infections.Note: just make sure before you use that it doesn’t irritate your skin.
- Turmeric – similar to ginger, turmeric is ideal for treating arthritis as it contains curcumin – a natural COX-2 inhibitor. This powerful antioxidant can also help prevent cataracts, colon cancer and Alzheimer’s.
What more can you ask for from herbs?
So whether you’re looking to get rid of a pesky cold or would like an herbal remedy to treat those annoying cookery burns, why not make sure your cupboards are stocked with these Super 7?
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