Almost everyone knows that herbs are leafy plants that do not have a persistent stem. Most herbs are used as ingredients to add flavor to food, while some herbs are used as food or soup directly.
The use of herbs for food preparation is common globally, whether for developed, underdeveloped, or developing countries. Everyone is conversant with the benefits of herbs in food preparation or preservation.
However, only a selected number of people are not ignorant of the use of herbs in pharmaceutical companies. Aside from the health benefits we get from vegetable consumption, herbs are used for production of first aid medications and in treatment of several diseases.
There are millions of herbs all over the world; our research collects the common herbs that dominate most parts of the world.
Garlic is a plant that looks like an onion, it belongs to the species of bulbous plants and it is available all over the globe.
It is a flowering plant with a tall, erect stem, its leaves possess flat, linear, and solid blades that usually narrow at the tip.
The plant is easy to grow especially in mild climates. Garlic repels pests from attacking it, it is also free from nematodes and stromatinia.
Most parts of the world use garlic bulbs and cloves which can be consumed. They possess strong scents which some people find repelling. However, the plant is blessed with a spicy flavor that “alerts” the appetite centers of our brain when it’s mixed in food.
Other parts of the plants like the leaves can be eaten. It can also be served together with other foods like bread.
Garlic powder, another alternative for fresh garlic, is prepared from dehydrated garlic of a unique taste.
Health benefits of Garlic
For lowering blood pressure: We stated in one of our articles last week that the safest and most guaranteed way to treat hypertension is by lifestyle modifications, this is where garlic comes into play. Although such benefits are short term hence the need for frequent consumption of the product.
A research carried out half a decade ago explains that adding garlic supplements to your meals helps in smooth digestion and absorption of the food eaten. Perhaps it’s safe to say cases of constipation and diarrhea can be managed by garlic consumption. (Guercio, 2016)
Another finding reports that garlic ameliorated incidence of stomach cancer if consumed for some time. Several subsequent results justified this finding.
Some people eat garlic to get rid of the common cold and it works for them. While some the pungent scent that oozes out of it is disgusting. People will not want to stay close to someone who has eaten a meal composed of the plant.
Some consumers complain it causes mouth and body odor. Notwithstanding, garlic has numerous benefits; some are still under scientific experimentation and are yet to be proven.
This herb is also called sambucus, it produces 6-7 leaflets arranged Opposite to each other with aggregates of white or creamy flowers. The herb is commonly found in places of organic waste disposal.
If not cooked, the berries of the plant could be poisonous for consumption because the seeds, leaves and roots produce toxic chemicals that may harm your body.
Health benefits of elderberry
Elderberry is as dietary supplements can be prevented from illness like hypothermia (low body temperature), flu, and constipation.
The fruit, the elderberry, can be used to prepare wine, and in dyes production.
St John’s wort
This is a flowering plant with yellow, star-shaped flowers found in Europe, North America and several parts of Africa.
It is scientifically called Hypericum perforatum
Health benefits of St John’s wort
Although the plant has the ability to interact with other drugs, and inflict harm to livestock, its medicinal properties outweigh the side effects.
It is used to cure depression and heal wounds.
Also called coneflower, echinacea is a flowering plant found in most parts of east and northern America. The plant grows in moist and dry lands or open Woodlands. Its flowers have large heads that shine during summer time. Some people use the Echinacea to beautify their gardens .
In northern America, the use of echinacea as folk medicine is widely appreciated.
Health benefits of echinacea
It can be used to treat wounds and bites from insects.
The plant is also medicinal to those suffering from toothache or throat infections.
It also remedies stomach cramps, snake bites and general pain. Several species of the plant are used to treat cold, influenza, and cough.
Scientific reports suggest the use of echinacea in treatment of respiratory disorders and relief from cancer symptoms.
Grape Seed extract
Grape Seed extract. I.e, the oil is a vegetable product extracted from the seeds of the plant. It has a clean, light taste of unsaturated fat that is suitable for cooking. The oil extracted can be used for salad dressing and as a base for other oil infusions.
The oils are also used in bakeries for making pancakes.
Health benefits of grape seed oil
The plant is used in treatment of heart diseases. It is known to possess antioxidant properties for cancer treatment. It also contains vitamin E.
Reports had confirmed that the oil from grape seed contains more vitamin E than several other oils e.g olive oil.
Grapeseed oil can be recommended for obese individuals due to its inflammatory properties and ability to increase insulin sensitivity. Perhaps people with diabetes can find grapeseed oil helpful as well.
Consumption of grapeseed oil reduces one’s risk of having stroke and autoimmune diseases like arthritis.
Spinach is a leafy green flowering plant found in almost every part of the world. Its scientific name is spinacia oleracea. It is a common edible vegetable eaten cooked or raw.
Health benefits of spinach
Due to its high vitamin A content, consumption of spinach as a meal can give you a good sight and also cure cases of night blindness.
It also contains folate, a vital form of vitamin B needed for red blood cell formation and protein synthesis. That means people suffering from anemia can find spinach useful for their health complications.
Spinach possesses some antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties which can help reduce cancer symptoms. In fact, this very antioxidant properties of spinach makes it medicinal to numerous autoimmune diseases including diabetes and arthritis.
Consumption of the vegetable can also reduce risk of developing hypertension and stroke.
This is a purple color plant that grows in almost every part of the globe, it is typically grown in gardens for ornamentation due to its nice scent. Its scientific name is lavendula.
The scent from lavender repels moths, so it’s traditionally used to prevent moths from damaging clothes.
In food, lavender is used in decorating cakes and in tea making.
Health benefits of lavender
Back then during the first world war, lavender was used to disinfect walls and floors of hospitals. Presently, it is added in meals to help reduce infections as well.
Oily extracts of the plant are used to cure headaches and for a sound night sleep.
Lavender, when applied to insect bite, helps to reduce pain and heal the infection.
Also called curcuma longa, turmeric belongs to the ginger family. It is a perennial plant grown in most parts of Africa, India, and southeast Asia. Many people in different parts of the world use it for cooking.
Health benefits of turmeric
Despite its anti-inflammatory role, turmeric can be used to alleviate arthritis.
A bright yellow substance extracted out of turmeric called cumin can be added to food.
There are numerous researches carried out on the plant. Reports show that the extract of turmeric can amelio complications of osteoarthritis and reduce pain.
This is a fast growing drought resistant flowering plant found in Asia, India, Africa, and South America. It has other names like drumstick tree, horseradish tree, yevu-ti, mzungu, malawi, Neverday, and Ben oil tree.
Health benefits of moringa plant
The help benefits of the Moringa plant are vast, and still under scientific investigation. The health benefits of the plants so far include the following:
Moringa oil extracted from the plant is used for hair protection against germs, to keep it clean and shiny.
Due to its highly proteinous and vitamin rich properties, Moringa oil can be used for treatment of skin infections and maintenance.
Its anti-inflammatory properties makes it medicinal in treatment of edema (an abnormal accumulation of fluids in different different areas of the body)
The plant also contains chemicals that ameliorated risks complications from cancer
It is also used in treatment of several liver problems.
Moringa has antibacterial, antimicrobial, and antifungal properties; these alone obviously tells the number of diseases moringa extracts can be treated with, with salmonella, E.coli, and Rhizopus inflicted diseases inclusive.
Scientific studies also suggest the use of Moringa plant in development of hard bones and teeth, hence it contains calcium and phosphorus. This partly explains why it’s useful in treatment of arthritis.
The plant also prevents heart diseases like hypertension, stroke and coronary heart disease.
Moringa aids glucose absorption and can be recommended for diabetic patients.
Other health benefits of Moringa include treatment of eye problems, kidney diseases, and asthma.