Herbs that Heal
Natural remedies in your own kitchen!
Having your own herb garden is fantastic for delicious home-cooking but can also be your own personal pharmacy! We've already mentioned a cool way to store excess herbs for culinary purposes but here are some other tips for making medicinal use of your herbaceous harvest:
Rosemary is rich in anti-inflammatory tannins which does wonders to soothe an aching throat. It also contains eucalyptol which has been proven to loosen chest congestion. You can prepare it as an aromatic tea but it also pairs well with chicken and other poultry, white beans, brie, potatoes, polenta and apples.
The active properties in oregano are thymol and carvacrol which relax uterine walls to prevent painful contractions. Two teaspoons of fresh oregano daily during menstruation can reduce or eliminate cramps altogether.
Also, a natural hormonal balancing cream that can assist with menstrual and PMS issues is Promax
Research has shown that the menthol contained in Peppermint helps to relax pain-inducing intestinal spasms which soothes an aching stomach. This, too, is easily prepared as a tea but can be used directly within your meals - its particularly delicious in couscous, peas and with lamb.
Curry Powder contains curcumin which inhibits the body's production of inflammatory compound, prostaglandin E2. The inflammatory would ordinarily over-sensitise nerves however the curry powder prevents this from happening, thereby effectively holding muscle and joint pain at bay. Curry powder is great in lentils, rice, vegetable dishes and, of course, curry.
Another natural supplement to aid in joint health is CMO