We use many culinary herbs daily while cooking. Though a majority of people use it daily, many are unaware of its health benefits. Since most of them are readily available in our kitchen garden, the importance given to such herbs are less, but the benefits are countable. Most of us have a simple logic that our ancestors used it in some dishes and we continue to use it.
In reality, when we explore the science behind it, it has been proved that such herbs and spices possess healing properties. They hold phytochemicals in them which promote health and protect against chronic diseases which attack the human body.
Everybody knows that all parts of a plant possess some kind of medicinal properties. From the very common curry leaves to the varieties of spinach, mint and other indigenous herbs contribute a lot in keeping us healthy. Let us look at the important properties of some culinary herbs that we use:
Rosemary avoids damage to blood vessels and maintains the cardiovascular health. It also helps with indigestion, memory function, reduce muscle and joint pain. It has an active ingredient, carnosic acid or carnosol; it prevents the spread of cancer. Rosemary tea is used to cure headaches.
It has powerful anti-inflammatory properties. It is effective for curing gastrointestinal problems, morning sickness during pregnancy and symptoms after chemotherapy treatment.
This green leaves used to garnish eatables has antioxidant effects and is rich in vitamins A and C. It reduces the risk of gastric cancer.
Coriander has antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. It aids in lowering LDL cholesterol and increasing good cholesterol.
It is used in many dishes for aroma. It is also a home remedy for cold.
It removes intestinal gas. It is used in pickles, salad dressing, and fish curries.
It refreshes the breath and is also a good medicine for digestion.
As a tea, sage aids in digestion. It can also be used for gargling to cure mouth ulcers, painful gums or as a mouthwash.
It is rich in vitamin C (fresh parsley), calcium, iron, and potassium. It is high in bioflavonoids and other anticancer properties.
It is brewed as tea. Cures irritating bowels and is a relief for sore throats, cough, and congestion.
Aids in digestion and helps cure constipation. It is brewed as tea.
- Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera produces antiseptics which are able to kill bacteria, fungi, and viruses which attack the body. It is a skin friendly herb. It gives hair smoother, silkier and healthier texture. It conditions the hair.