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7 Roots and Herbs from your kitchen that will improve your health

Herbal medicine has been used for centuries for mental, and physical health. However, over time we have lost these traditional practices and thus, the common knowledge of these roots and herbs and their beneficial uses. The seven herbs below can be found in your kitchen, and will better your physical and mental health.

1. Cinnamon

Cinnamon is commonly known as a delicious spice that you add to your cookies, tea, and coffee. However, cinnamon has many other amazing qualities. Known for boosting metabolism and bettering heart health, cinnamon has the ability to assist in weight loss and lowering cholesterol levels. Cinnamon also has the abilities to lessen the inflammation of the body. Due to being high in antioxidants, cinnamon limits inflammation and swelling in the body. This lowers pain, issues within the digestive system, and tension of the muscles.

2. Mint

Mint is very useful for adding a nice flavor to your teas as well as a topping to spice up your pastas. However, mint can be very useful for IBS and reducing abdominal pain. Known for its calming properties, Mint’s high antioxidant properties help reduce the inflammation in the stomach, thus reducing abdominal pain. Peppermint oil, byproduct of the mint leaf, is known for aiding in releasing mucus build up in the sinuses, as well as minimizing the side effects of the common cold.

3. Garlic

Known historically for warding away evil, garlic herb has many proven health benefits. Consuming garlic on a semi-regular basis can limit the capturing of a common cold, as well as reduce its symptoms and shorten the number of days your sick. Garlic is also known for aiding in the reduction of blood pressure, and in some cases curing hypertension through lowering cholesterol levels. It is also rumored that garlic can aid in reducing the effects of alzheimer's and dementia.

4. Basil

Basil is commonly used as a garnish for many pasta and italian dishes. However, it can be very useful when it comes to Kidney Conditions and fluid retention. By lowering Uric acid levels, Basil can serve as a cleanser for the kidneys. Aiding the kidneys to cleanse the urinary tract, and limiting risks leading to kidney infection, Basil can reduce and limit the symptoms and contractions of UTI’s and kidney disease. Basil also aids in the passing of kidney stones by pushing them through the urinary tract more quickly, and limiting the pain and build up before passing.

5. Rosemary

Rosemary is well known as another garnish. However, it can be extremely useful in boosting the immune system and aiding in blood circulation. It is said that smelling rosemary can also aid in mood and depression, along with boosting focus. Intake of rosemary is suggested to be limited, because too much intake can be toxic. However, consumed in small doses can be beneficial in improving your immune system and mental health.

6. Ginger

Ginger is commonly used in many indian and asian foods. Rightfully so, because the list of properties in this root are impeccable. From softening the effects of the common cold by loosening mucus, and relieving muscle soreness and tightness, Ginger is a go to for anyone who commonly catches a cold or has sinus issues. Ginger can also lower the risks of colon cancer due to the large quantity of antioxidants. These antioxidants limit the negative development of cellular colon tissue, thus limiting the development of colon cancer. Ginger is also well known for easing stomach pain and nausea.

7. Chamomile

Chamomile is well known for its use in teas, and rightfully so. Known for it’s warming flavor, chamomile also carries many health benefits. Very calming and warm, chamomile aids in insomnia by relaxing the nervous system. Thus, relaxing the body from muscle soreness and pain, and aids in the pain caused from menstrual cramping. This also is seen in its ability to reduce stomach pain and nausea. Beyond the internal body, chamomile is also known for its ‘beauty’ properties. Known for its anti aging properties, and assistance in acne treatment, chamomile treats your inner body just as well as your exterior body.

Roots and herbs are extremely beneficial for healing, maintaining and protecting the body, and these roots and herbs are no different.

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