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Herbs and Diseases

herb_pillsHerbs and spices help us fight diseases, so they are highly valued for their healthful qualities. It has been proven that the regular consumption of spices and herbs is healthy, nutritious and can prevent illnesses and even improve our well-being. Thousands of years ago, ancient tribes all over the world used herbs as healing substances. They believed that herbs gave harmony to the soul and body.

Herbs were utilized in the past for recovery purposes; certain herbs were smoked, others were powdered and some were chewed. Prehistoric people used to watch animals eat certain herbs, they figured out that eating those herbs might also help them in certain conditions. The healers of each tribe had a spiritual ritual when they applied herbal powders on the sick. Tribes in the world shared their knowledge and expertise with the white man, the settlers upon their arrival to America and Australia.

Nowadays herbs are attainable in capsules, tablets, powders and in teas. Herbalism is the latest trend in alternative medicine, but not exclusively, even conservative doctors recommend getting into herbalism to prevent certain ailments.

Adding herbs and spices to your cooking and baking, certainly can improve the taste of your dish but can also help you prevent certain diseases. Herbs have the capability of strengthening your immune system and hence fighting infections, viruses and other parasites.

Below are examples of herbal remedies:

Garlic can do wonders to the health of your body. One raw clove every meal will make you feel great. Garlic is a remedy for influenza, if taken with vitamin C it is a natural enemy to stomach viruses and even to tuberculosis (adding vitamin D as well). One of the garlic’s compounds is Allicin, which also helps prevent high blood pressure, blood disorders and high sugar in the blood. Researchers have found that garlic prevents the increase of weight.

Do you like cinnamon buns? Cinnamon is an herb which has been in use by many tribes for thousands of years. A spoonful a day helps minimize sugar levels in the blood for people with diabetes type two. It also reduces cholesterol and triglycerides. Cinnamon can prevent infections in the urinary tract and even prevent gum diseases. The origin of cinnamon is from Sri Lanka, which was known as Ceylon. The inner bark of the tree is ground but you can also buy cinnamon sticks which are rolled barks of the tree.

Cloves have an aromatic scent and add a lot of flavor to foods. Cloves help prevent bronchitis and asthma, bacteria and fungi in the digestive system. Cloves were a precious herb in the 17th century, as they grew in tropical countries and were traded by ships from exotic countries. The clove is a bud of an evergreen tree. Until today, in Asia, cloves are used for ailments such as tuberculosis, coughing and malaria. Ayurveda healers widely administer cloves as part of their treatment. The benefits of cloves are amazing, it treats aches and remedies of all kinds; in spite of this, unfortunately in the Western world is used today mainly for cooking.

Sage is used in the Western world in the tea cup but it helps people to ease the pain of rheumatoid arthritis, asthma and bronchitis. It is good for different microbes of the stomach as well. Sage can heal the skin and prevent bad body odor. Sage is given to patients with mild Alzheimer disease because it is believed to improve memory.

Rosemary stimulates the blood circulation and the immune system, like all herbs it has antifungal properties. In ancient Greek, the people put sprigs of rosemary on their head as a memory reinforcement.

Herbs and spices may contribute to preventing illnesses and strengthening your immune system but should not be apprehended as a sole cure for your ailments. By adopting a healthy lifestyle which includes herbs and spices in your foods and drinks you will certainly achieve maximum health.