Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Herbs for Health

Bilberry (vaccinium myrtillus) is rich in numerous benefit for the eyes and cardio vascular system. Rich in antioxidant compounds, it is believed to increase overall health and support health of the circulatory system.

Black Cohosh (cimicifuga racemosa) a native american medicinal plant is widely regarded for its beneficial effects on the treatment of premenstrual symptoms and numerous menopausal symptoms. Numerous studies suggest that black cohosh is a safe, effective alternative to hormone replacement therapy for menopause.

Parsley, Petroselinum sativum, being a widely used garnishing and culinary use, is a diuretic herb. It helps kidney, urinary problems and water retention. It is rich in iron and other minerals. Iron is essential for blood cell formations and liver functionality. Parsley also contains vitamin A for maintaining healthy skin, hair, and eyes.

Rosemary, Rosmarinus officinalis, another commonly used herbs in pasta baking, is popular for its antiseptic qualities. The oil is steamed and distilled from the flowers and leaves, and has a powerful, woody aroma. Rosemary helps counter obesity, bronchitis, colds, diarrhoea, flatulence and headaches. It has therapeutic effect of a stimulant used to stimulate memory and circulation.

Sage, Salvia officinalis, and thyme, Thymus vulgaris, are both mild antiseptics and have a wide medical application in liver disease and respiratory tract infections. They helps to ease throat infection and bacterial infection. Sage also helps reduce water retention. Thyme is also good for helping to relieve fatigue and anxiety, ease aches.

Knowing all the benefits of such herbs, don't forget to sprinkle some of these leafy herbs at a moderate amount on your pasta recipes. When herbs are stated in a recipe, you can always consider alternative herbs or combination of herbs to cater to your personal taste.

Echinacea (echinacea purpurea) used for its ability to ward off colds and chronic infections of the upper respiratory tract. Enchinacea is believed to boost immune system function, and may also help some skin conditions.

Cranberry (vaccinium macrocarpon) is cultivated in North America. It is a top selling herb that is primarily used to prevent, treat, and minimize occurrence of urinary tract infections and kidney stones. Cranberry also possesses high antioxidant activity, and has been used to treat diarrhea, diabetes and stomach ailments.

Holy Basil (ocimum sanctum) is a traditional Indian herb that is widely used in ayurvedic medicine, is a tonic that boost overall well being. A powerful antioxidant, holy basil is believed to possess anti-inflammatory properties and support immune system function. Holy basil has also been used for its soothing, relaxing effects.

Dandelion (taraxacum officinale) the herbs young leaves are used for more than just salad greens, dandelion is a gentle laxative and diuretic, and is believed to support liver function and bile flow. Dandelion is also a natural stimulant.

Saw Palmetto (serenoa repens sabal serrulata) is a popular supplement for men, saw palmetto extract is frequently used to fight enlarged prostate, a common condition in men over 50. Saw palmetto helps to support urinary function by minimizing night time urination and boosting urine flow.

Cinnamon (cinnamomum zeylanicum) has been a favorite for thousands of years, used for its pleasing scent and health supporting properties, cinnamon helps stimulate circulation, relieve spasms, soothe upset stomach, prevent tooth decay, treat urinary tract infections and promote stable blood sugar levels.

Green Tea (camellia sinensis) is a powerful antioxidant herb that has in recent years gained much attention for its potential anticancer properties. Green tea stabilizes blood lipids, helping to support cardiovascular health and has been shown to prevent plaque formation on teeth.

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