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Herbs in the Kitchen for Health

Monica Levin

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Many herbs that are in your kitchen can be used for healing purposes. If you have a sore throat, make a tea with sage. If you have a headache, inhale some rosemary. If you are nauseous eat some ginger. Listed below are a few uses for the herbs you find in your kitchen:

Cinnamon: Cinnamon relieves diarrhea and nausea, counteracts congestion, aids the peripheral circulation of the blood, warms the body and enhances digestion (especially the digestion of fats). Also fights fungal infections. Cinnamon is useful for diabetes and weight loss because of its ability to balance insulin levels. Cinnamon is often in supplements which claim to balance your blood sugar levels.

Cloves: Cloves have antiseptic and anti-parasitic properties and acts as a digestive aid. The essential oil of clove is applied topically to relieve mouth pain. Clove oil is often an ingredient in white composite dental fillings, dulling tooth pain after filling cavities.

Garlic: Garlic is not only good for warding off vampires; it is also good for boosting the immune system, lowering blood pressure, and improving circulation. Garlic also has antibacterial properties. If you end up with garlic breath after eating it, then you may not be digesting your food properly. Get tested for food allergies and follow the recommended diet.

Ginger: Ginger not only tastes delicious but it also cleans the colon, makes it easier to breathe when you have a stuffy nose, reduces nausea, motion sickness and morning sickness, and stimulates circulation. Ginger is safe to take when you are pregnant and, accompanied by avoiding allergic foods, reduces morning sickness.

Mustard: Mustard improves digestion and aids in the metabolism of fat. When mustard seed is used to make a poultice and is applied externally it is helpful for chest congestion, inflammation, injuries, and joint pain.

Oregano: Oregano is wonderful on a pizza and is effective against candidiasis and other fungal infections.

Parsley: Parsley is a wonderful cleansing herb. It purifies the blood and helps maintain organ health. In addition, parsley helps with bad breath; this is probably the reason why Italians cook with a combination of garlic and chopped parsley.

Rosemary: Rosemary fights bacteria, relaxes the stomach, stimulates circulation and digestion, and acts as an astringent and decongestant. Rosemary also improves circulation to the brain, helps prevent liver toxicity, relieves headaches, balances blood pressure, aids circulation, and lessens menstrual cramps. As an added bonus, rosemary has anticancer and antitumor properties.

Sage: Sage is ideal for sore throats and beneficial for all disorders of the mouth and throat. Sage stimulates the central nervous system and digestive tract. Sage also decreases milk in lactating women so if you are nursing, do not take sage. If, however, you are weaning your infant, sage is ideal.

Thyme: Thyme eliminates gas and reduces fever, headaches, and mucous. Thyme also reduces scalp itching and flaking caused by candidiasis and tastes great on roasted chicken.

Turmeric: Turmeric help support liver functioning and, as a result, lowers cholesterol. Turmeric also has many other properties, including antibiotic, anticancer, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties.

Just a few words of caution: before you ingest large amounts of herbs call Monica Levin for food allergy testing .

By Monica Levin, holistic nutritionist and food intolerance expert


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