Helpful Herbs For A Healthier You

Herbs
Herbs

Many people are using herbs nowadays, in their food, in their beauty regimens, etc. And that’s not a surprise. These seemingly normal plants that some people mistake for weeds are packed with​ ​plenty​ ​of​ ​nutrients​ ​for​ ​you​ ​and​ ​your​ ​body.  

Herbs have a variety of uses, from medicinal, to culinary, and even spiritual. Read on to know more​ ​about​ ​​nature’s​ ​little​ ​treasures​.

 

What​ ​Are​ ​Herbs?

So​ ​what​ ​exactly​ ​are​ ​herbs?​ ​In​ ​general,​ ​they​ ​are​ ​any​ ​plant​ ​used​ ​for​ ​food,​ ​flavor,​ ​fragrances,​ ​or medicine.​ ​There​ ​are​ ​two​ ​basic​ ​groups,​ ​the​ ​culinary​ ​herbs​ ​and​ ​the​ ​medicinal​ ​herbs.​ ​You​ ​can​ ​find herbs​ ​literally​ ​everywhere.

Examples​ ​of​ ​Everyday​ ​Herbs

Lavender

Lavender

Lavender​ ​is​ ​a​ ​great​ ​addition​ ​to​ ​your​ ​herb​ ​garden.​ ​Its​ ​calming​ ​smell​ ​relaxes​ ​you​ ​and​ ​eases​ ​the tensions​ ​of​ ​the​ ​day​ ​away.​ ​It​ ​balances​ ​your​ ​mood​ ​and​ ​makes​ ​you​ ​feel​ ​better.  

It​ ​can​ ​also​ ​cure​ ​sleep​ ​issues,​ ​such​ ​as​ ​apnea,​ ​restless​ ​sleep​ ​patterns,​ ​and​ ​insomnia.​ ​It​ ​eases aching​ ​muscles,​ ​quickly​ ​heals​ ​wounds,​ ​prevents​ ​development​ ​of​ ​infections​ ​on​ ​wound​ ​sites,​ ​and relieves​ ​bloating​ ​and​ ​other​ ​digestive​ ​issues.

Finally,​ ​it​ ​can​ ​cure​ ​chronic​ ​skin​ ​conditions,​ ​like​ ​eczema,​ ​acne,​ ​and​ ​psoriasis.  

 

Basil

Basil

The​ ​basil​ ​leaf​ ​has​ ​a​ ​number​ ​of​ ​benefits.​ ​For​ ​one,​ ​it​ ​keeps​ ​breakouts​ ​away.​ ​Just​ ​boil​ ​a​ ​handful of​ ​fresh​ ​basil​ ​leaves,​ ​then​ ​use​ ​the​ ​liquid​ ​over​ ​your​ ​breakout​ ​zones.​

​Other​ ​benefits​ ​include soothing​ ​indigestion,​ ​curing​ ​cough​ ​and​ ​colds,​ ​reducing​ ​stress,​ ​and​ ​helping​ ​during​ ​PMS.  

 

Sage

Sage

Sage​ ​helps​ ​a​ ​lot​ ​with​ ​digestive​ ​problems,​ ​which​ ​include​ ​excess​ ​gas,​ ​loss​ ​of​ ​appetite, constipation,​ ​bloating,​ ​and​ ​diarrhea.  

For​ ​women,​ ​it​ ​soothes​ ​painful​ ​menstrual​ ​cramps,​ ​corrects​ ​excessive​ ​milk​ ​flow​ ​for​ ​breastfeeding moms,​ ​and​ ​reduces​ ​hot​ ​flashes​ ​for​ ​menopausal​ ​women.

It​ ​also​ ​functions​ ​as​ ​an​ ​effective​ ​brain​ ​booster,​ ​possesses​ ​anti-inflammatory​ ​properties, prevents​ ​oxidative​ ​stress,​ ​improves​ ​brain​ ​function,​ ​promotes​ ​bone​ ​strength,​ ​and​ ​helps​ ​in keeping​ ​skin​ ​healthy.  

 

Mint

Mint

This​ ​is​ ​one​ ​of​ ​the​ ​most​ ​popular​ ​herbs​ ​around.​ ​It’s​ ​a​ ​great​ ​palate​ ​cleanser,​ ​promotes​ ​healthy digestion,​ ​soothes​ ​upset​ ​stomachs,​ ​cures​ ​nausea​ ​and​ ​headaches,​ ​clears​ ​up​ ​nasal​ ​congestion, relieves​ ​chronic​ ​coughing,​ ​and​ ​helps​ ​with​ ​asthma.  

Mint​ ​also​ ​fights​ ​against​ ​depression​ ​and​ ​fatigue,​ ​gets​ ​rid​ ​of​ ​pimples,​ ​and​ ​helps​ ​in​ ​weight​ ​loss.

This​ ​herb​ ​heals​ ​and​ ​soothes​ ​burns,​ ​boosts​ ​brain​ ​activity,​ ​and​ ​soothes​ ​aching​ ​muscles.  

 

Oregano

Oregano

This is one of the most popular herbs around. It’s a great palate cleanser, promotes healthy digestion, soothes upset stomachs, cures nausea and headaches, clears up nasal congestion, relieves chronic coughing, and helps with asthma.
Mint also fights against depression and fatigue, gets rid of pimples, and helps in weight loss.
This herb heals and soothes burns, boosts brain activity, and soothes aching muscles.

Parsley

Parsley

Parsley​ ​aids​ ​in​ ​bone​ ​health,​ ​boosts​ ​the​ ​immune​ ​system,​ ​fights​ ​the​ ​effects​ ​of​ ​aging,​ ​protects​ ​the body​ ​from​ ​free​ ​radical​ ​damage,​ ​and​ ​supports​ ​healthy​ ​kidney​ ​function.

It​ ​can​ ​also​ ​relieve​ ​joint​ ​pains,​ ​relaxes​ ​stiff​ ​muscles,​ ​promotes​ ​good​ ​digestion,​ ​treats​ ​anemia, and​ ​contains​ ​cancer-fighting​ ​compounds.

Lastly,​ ​it​ ​protects​ ​against​ ​rheumatoid​ ​arthritis,​ ​balances​ ​hormones,​ ​acts​ ​as​ ​a​ ​diuretic,​ ​and reduces​ ​bad​ ​breath.

 

Rosemary

Rosemary

Rosemary​ ​helps​ ​boost​ ​concentration​ ​and​ ​memory​ ​retention.​ ​It​ ​eases​ ​stress​ ​levels​ ​and​ ​muscle aches​ ​and​ ​pains.​ ​

It​ ​also​ ​relieves​ ​gastrointestinal​ ​issues,​ ​prevents​ ​cancer​ ​cells​ ​from​ ​replicating, treats​ ​gout,​ ​reduces​ ​high​ ​blood​ ​pressure,​ ​and​ ​fights​ ​against​ ​eczema.

 

Growing​ ​Your​ ​Own​ ​Herb​ ​Garden

If​ ​you​ ​want​ ​to​ ​make​ ​sure​ ​you’ll​ ​always​ ​have​ ​herbs​ ​on​ ​hand,​ ​you​ ​can​ ​go​ ​ahead​ ​and​ ​grow​ ​your own​ ​herb​ ​garden!  

Contrary​ ​to​ ​what​ ​others​ ​think,​ ​it’s​ ​quite​ ​easy​ ​to​ ​grow​ ​herbs.​ ​You​ ​just​ ​need​ ​large​ ​pots,​ ​good potting​ ​soil,​ ​good​ ​plant​ ​fertilizer,​ ​and​ ​a​ ​trusty​ ​watering​ ​can.  

 

An​ ​important​ ​thing​ ​to​ ​consider​ ​for​ ​growing​ ​herbs​ ​is​ ​the​ ​right​ ​location.​ ​You​ ​need​ ​to​ ​find​ ​a​ ​place where​ ​your​ ​herbs​ ​can​ ​get​ ​the​ ​right​ ​amount​ ​of​ ​sunlight​ ​they​ ​need.​ ​Sunny​ ​decks,​ ​patios,​ ​and other​ ​similar​ ​areas​ ​are​ ​great​ ​places​ ​to​ ​place​ ​your​ ​herbs.​ ​​Make​ ​sure​ ​to​ ​expose​ ​your​ ​plants​ ​to​ ​at least​ ​four​ ​hours​ ​of​ ​sunshine​ ​per​ ​day.  

In​ ​picking​ ​out​ ​the​ ​right​ ​pot,​ ​you​ ​need​ ​to​ ​allow​ ​at​ ​least​ ​8​ ​inches​ ​in​ ​diameter​ ​for​ ​each​ ​plant.

Some​ ​herbs​ ​will​ ​outgrow​ ​their​ ​pots​ ​over​ ​time,​ ​so​ ​you​ ​might​ ​have​ ​to​ ​move​ ​them.

 

First,​ ​prepare​ ​your​ ​container​ ​by​ ​filling​ ​it​ ​with​ ​good​ ​potting​ ​soil.​ ​Next,​ ​add​ ​fertilizer.​ ​Moisten the​ ​potting​ ​soil​ ​by​ ​mixing​ ​in​ ​water​ ​until​ ​the​ ​soil​ ​feels​ ​damp​ ​all​ ​the​ ​way​ ​through.  

 

Next,​ ​dig​ ​holes​ ​large​ ​enough​ ​for​ ​each​ ​plant.​ ​Release​ ​the​ ​plants​ ​from​ ​their​ ​starter​ ​containers​ ​by turning​ ​them​ ​upside​ ​down,​ ​tapping​ ​the​ ​bottom,​ ​and​ ​gently​ ​pulling​ ​on​ ​the​ ​base​ ​of​ ​the​ ​stems until​ ​the​ ​plant​ ​comes​ ​out.​ ​Then​ ​place​ ​the​ ​plant​ ​in​ ​the​ ​hole.​ ​Gently​ ​press​ ​soil​ ​around​ ​the​ ​edges.

Water​ ​the​ ​plant​ ​immediately​ ​after​ ​planting.​ ​Afterward,​ ​water​ ​them​ ​only​ ​when​ ​the​ ​soil​ ​gets​ ​dry to​ ​the​ ​touch.​ ​Be​ ​careful​ ​not​ ​to​ ​overwater​ ​them​ ​though.

When​ ​harvest​ ​time​ ​comes,​ ​you​ ​simply​ ​cut​ ​off​ ​about​ ​⅓​ ​of​ ​the​ ​branches​ ​when​ ​the​ ​plant​ ​reaches at​ ​least​ ​6​ ​to​ ​8​ ​inches​ ​tall.​ ​Make​ ​sure​ ​to​ ​cut​ ​close​ ​to​ ​a​ ​leaf​ ​intersection.​ ​This​ ​makes​ ​your​ ​plants regrow​ ​very​ ​quickly.

 

Warning!

Make​ ​sure​ ​to​ ​consult​ ​with​ ​a​ ​trusted​ ​doctor​ ​before​ ​you​ ​try​ ​out​ ​these​ ​herbs.​ ​This​ ​warning​ ​is especially​ ​for​ ​pregnant​ ​women,​ ​breastfeeding​ ​mothers,​ ​people​ ​taking​ ​blood​ ​thinners,​ ​and people​ ​with​ ​high​ ​blood​ ​pressure.

 

Author Bio:

Kate B. Forsyth is a writer for BeHealthyToday, who specializes in health and nutrition. Her passion is to help people get an overall transformation of health that lasts a lifetime. In her blog posts, she goes beyond research by providing health-concerned citizens doable and simple tricks to achieve a healthier lifestyle