Top 10 Healing Herbs You Should Grow

dried herbsFor thousands of years, people have been using different healing herbs to alleviate pain and heal themselves. Modern scientists have even come forward to acknowledge the immense benefits these herbs present to humans as a number of them have been proven to be capable of lowering cholesterol, killing cancer cells and alleviating arthritis pain among other things. In case you are wondering what these herbs are, here’s a list of the top 10 healing herbs.

1) Rosemary

It so happens that every time you grill, broil or fry meats under high temperatures, HCAs (heterocyclic amines) which encompass strong carcinogens are created. But, mixing rosemary extract with the meat before cooking destroys the HCAs. This is enhanced by the antioxidants present in the herb (rosemarinic acid and carnosol). Thus, rosemary can be regarded as a cancer-prevention herb.

2) Ginger

The herb comes in handy during the prevention of different forms of stomach upsets such as nausea, motion sickness, chemotherapy and pregnancy-related upsets. This is because the herb blocks the effects of a chemical (serotonin) that’s released by both the stomach and the brain when one is nauseated. It also inhibits the production of free radicals (which cause stomach upsets). In addition, taking ginger decreases one’s blood pressure, cancer risk and arthritis pain.

3) Holy Basil

Use of this herb aids in combating stress as well as relieving headaches and indigestion. This is enabled through the herb’s ability to decrease the production of serotonin but increase the production of noradrenaline and adrenaline.

4) Turmeric

Since turmeric is highly rich in curcumin (an anti-inflammatory that works in the same manner as drugs that inhibit Cox-2 enzyme; Cox-2 inhibitors), it can be used in alleviating arthritis-related pain and swelling. Other than this, it helps in the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease and colon cancer.

5) Kudzu

If you suffer from alcoholism, it’s time that you started taking kudzu for this Chinese herb aids in curbing drinking problems. It works by allowing alcohol to get into your brain faster hence telling you when you have had enough.

6) Cinnamon

Consumption of cinnamon helps in reducing blood sugar. For optimal results, one ought to take the cinnamon extract daily. Aside from reducing the blood sugar, it also lowers cholesterol and other heart-related illnesses.

7) Andrographis

If you normally suffer from upper respiratory infections like sinusitis, runny nose, sore throat and colds, andrographis will help in relieving the problem(s). Andrographis also eases sleeplessness and fatigue.

8) St. John Wort

This special herb is great at alleviating and/or relieving mild to moderate anxiety and depression. Its ability to increase melatonin further enables one to have a peaceful and sound sleep.

9) Sea Buckthorn

This unique herb is best known for its ability to alleviate vaginal dryness as it hydrates the mucous membranes. In addition to this, it helps in healing and moisturizing the vagina.

10) Garlic

Consuming high amounts of garlic has been proven to lower the rates of colorectal and ovarian cancers. The herb goes further to decrease high blood pressure and prevent stroke.