Top 10 Herbs to Add to Your Meals

HerbsTrying to spice up your diet, just try some herbs!?! This selection of top 10 healthy herbs is just what you are looking for. Herbs have been around for centuries and have been used for alternative medicine and home remedies.

Herbs are very good energy sources and can do wonders for blood circulation. What else can I say!?! Herbs are great!

Below we have compiled a list of the most popular and healthy herbs. We only focused on herbs that can be found easily so that you can find and include them in your meals. We did not include herbs such as Ginseng or Ginkgo Biloba which are mainly used in the pharmaceutical industry, even though they are also very good for your health.

Ok, let move on. Here are the top 10 healthy herbs to add in your meals:

1. At the top of herbs category: Garlic

Granted, garlic is not actually a herb, but it’s something to add in your meals. Why is garlic number one on this list? Well, in addition to adding flavor to your meals, garlic is also antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral. It also has antioxidants which improve our health and detoxify the body. Daily consumption of garlic is also known to lower blood pressure and help in cardiovascular disease. Remember, garlic is also great when eaten green. Also, for those mythology lovers, garlic will keep vampires away 🙂

2. Bay leaf

Bay leafs are usually put into soups and dishes to add more flavors. They are a rich source of vitamins A and C, magnesium, calcium, potassium, manganese and iron. Bay leafs have anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties which can prevent infections.  Adding bay leafs to your meals will also give you phytonutrients, caffeic acid, quercetin, eugenol and catechins. All of which have anti-cancer properties.

3. Basil

Basil contains plenty of health essential oils like eugenol, linalool, limonene, citronellol, citral and terpineo. Such oils have anti bacterial and anti inflammatory properties which fight arthritis and osteoarthritis. Drinking basil tea can relieve nausea and can detoxify your body.

4. Sage

Sage can improve our memory and sharpen the brain. It is a perfect herb to include in children’s diet. It has antiseptic, antibacterial and antifungal properties and are very good for digestion.

5. Ginger

Ginger roots have many healthy elements in them. They are good for our intestines and have a calming effect. They can also relieve nausea and motion sickness.

6. Rosemary

Rosemary is rich in Vitamin E and has plenty of antioxidants in it. This herb aids in adjusting imbalance of oestrogen, thus helping to reduce the risk of breast cancer. Recent studies have also shown that certain extracts in rosemary are effective against the aging effects of the skin.

7. Thyme

Besides from being a nutrient packed herb with lots of iron, manganese, calcium and dietary fiber, thyme is also rich in antioxidants and flavonoids. Thyme also has therapeutic uses, being a very powerful antiseptic. Oils in thyme are usually used in mouthwashes to treat inflammations and throat infections. You can also drink it as a tea.

8. Oregano

Oregano is antibacterial, antiviral, antiseptic, good for digestion, powerful antioxidant, rich in fiber, vitamin C, vitamin A, calcium, omega 3 fatty acids, but most important, is great in pizza.

9. Cinnamon

Regular consumption of cinnamon lowers cholesterol and regulates blood sugar levels. It also improves our cognitive power and boosts our memory. Cinnamon and honey make a powerful combination.

10. Mint

Mint can calm an upset stomach. Its strong aroma can also be good for the respiratory system and for asthma.

All these herbs are a must have for your kitchen. Did we miss any? What other herbs can you recommend?

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