Nowadays we are so bombarded with the newest and the best cream or fancy juice diet, we forget to stop and go back to nature’s best herbs.
Although special lotions and potions can be fantastic, we mustn’t forget to take a leaf out of our ancestor’s book and use herbs to cure us inside and out.
The herbs which I’m about to tell you about can help with a whole host of issues. They naturally (and inexpensively!) can:
- Cleanse vital organs
- Clean blood
- Cure a range of skin care issues/imperfections and makes skin radiant
- Have anti-aging benefits for inside the body and for appearance
- Help with anxiety, depression and sleep loss
And there’s a ton of a lot more benefits too!
So if you’re struggling with one or many of these issues then don’t worry! This list will surely help you start or stay on track to achieve a healthier, cleaner and organic lifestyle.
So first up on our detox list is cilantro or coriander. It’s full of compounds which attach to toxic metals (which build up in our organs) and pulls them out of our tissues.
Cilantro is packed with antioxidants which help skin look fresh and younger as it stabilizes harmful free radicals. Free radicals cause wrinkly and saggy skin. Not only does it lend a helping hand your skin, antioxidants will help combat against other chronic diseases later on in life.
It’s also believed that cilantro can lower blood pressure as it’s high in potassium and low in sodium. This combination regulates blood pressure and heart rate.
So add it your salads, pasta, soup or sandwiches or simply eat it by itself and reap the benefits of this gorgeous green stuff!
Parsley is not only popular on the top Chefs’ menus, it’s often used in many medicines. It’s used as a diuretic as it’s known for clearing out toxins from the kidneys and urinary tracts.
This potent herb cleanses the blood which has many benefits inside the body. Also clean, toxin-free blood makes our skin appear healthier and brighter.
This pretty Mediterranean ingredient is also bursting with vitamins and nutrients, for example, vitamin K which helps keep bones strong and vitamin C which supports the immune system. It’s packed with antioxidants, so again, it helps with aging skin and diseases which come in later life.
Parsley is high in iron, so it’s excellent for those who have anemia and is a great source of iron for vegans. Lack of iron makes your entire body weaker and makes you appear extremely tired as it causes dark circles beneath the eyes so it’s very important to have in your diet.
You can pretty much add parsley to anything or drink it as a relaxing tea!
I’ve never been keen on the idea of drinking nettles because ,well, it stings! But drinking it as a tea is completely safe and pain-free of course! I warmed to it because I found the amazing benefits it has on your hair and health.
Nettles are fantastic for the hair. If you’re wanting a thick and shiny mane then drinking nettle tea can help you achieve heavenly hair. Make sure to steep the tea for 10 minutes to get all the lovely nutrients into the water.
They are also full of antioxidants and help stabilize blood pressure.
So gulp down 2-3 cups a day to have lovely shiny hair without splurging at the salon!
Ever wondered why the Japanese have such flawless skin, have low obesity levels and live long lives? Perhaps it’s all down the magic of green tea. In Japan, people drink it all day because they believe it is an extremely healthy and warming drink.
And they are right! Green tea is a powerhouse, packed with antioxidants it works wonders on your skin and decreases your chances of developing certain cancers such as breast or prostate cancer. Studies found that women who drank a lot of green tea were 22% less likely to get breast cancer. Another study found that men who drink the most green tea are 48% less likely to develop prostate cancer.
Green tea has proven to not only improve brain function making us sharper and even smarter but research suggests that catechin compounds found in this marvelous stuff have very positive effects on neurons. This means it can even help reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
Due to the caffeine in green tea, it’s also has been proven to energize you for the rest of the day, so instead of opting for a chemical energy drink, go green instead!
It’s also got fat burning properties and has been linked to ramping up the metabolism of humans. However, this very much depends on the individual. But as it gives your plenty of energy, you’re more likely to hit the gym or stay active for longer.
Drinking 6-7 cups a day will really help your body inside and out. Although it seems like a lot, choosing to sip green tea instead of coffee or juice is going to give you limitless health benefits. Add lemon, honey or natural sweetener if you don’t particularly enjoy the flavor!
My grandmother has reached the grand old age of 91, her secret? Loads and loads of garlic! She adds garlic to pretty much every dish and she isn’t stingy with it either. It makes meals taste divine and the health benefits are infinite.
Garlic has long been used throughout history for medicinal purposes. Most of the health benefits of garlic are due to the compound called allicin which is also responsible for the potent and distinct smell. Garlic is known to lower cholesterol, blood pressure and improve heart health.
It’s also famous for curing the common cold, so if you’re susceptible to them then adding garlic to your diet is a good idea. It’s chock-a-block with vitamins such as B, great for energy and C which boosts the immune system protecting you against many sicknesses.
The bottom line is that garlic, in many studies, has proven to make you live longer as it protects you from all these diseases and keeps the heart healthy. Incorporating it into your daily diet is a must if you are serious about leading a long life.
Tip: garlic tends to burn and in turn, will taste sour. So never turn your back on it, cook it on a lower heat than you would onion and try to add it to the recipe later to reduce the risk of overcooking it thus retaining its nutrients and taste. Alternatively, you can roast it in the oven wrapped in aluminium foil.
The lovely ginger has natural anti-inflammatory properties so it’s great for keeping the body generally healthy and it’s extremely good for treating the common cold. It is a powerful detoxifier and aids the liver to get rid of toxins.
So if you’ve had one too many drinks the night before, a hot glass of water with chopped up or powdered ginger will heal your hangover and help your body get the detoxification process done quicker.
Ginger also helps with circulation.
By adding this wonderful ingredient to your meals, smoothies or just hot water, you will be doing your body a huge favor.
Last but certainly not least, lavender. The stunning lavender plants have a vast amount of health benefits so if you’re not using it then I seriously suggest you start!
Firstly, lavender is used to treat sleep loss as the calming aromas have proven to have a relaxing effect on humans as it has a positive effect on the nervous system and also clears the mind of negative thoughts.
If you regularly suffer from insomnia, sleep apnea or strange sleeping patterns which all have a serious effect on sleep and daily life, adding lavender oil on your pillow can be life-changing. Lavender has been used for thousands of years in this way and is still a powerful sleep loss treatment today. By getting enough sleep, your life will be transformed as you will feel more energized, think clearer, have beautiful skin and sleep also helps to stabilize weight. So lavender cures sleep loss but indirectly it rectifies a lot more.
Due to its calming qualities, it’s also believed to help with anxiety and improve the heart. The antioxidants found in this fabulous flower can reduce blood pressure and decrease tension in the blood vessels. This, in turn, lowers risks of cardiovascular diseases and strokes.
Lovely lavender also has anti-inflammatory properties which work on the skin to soothe irritation but also it relaxes the muscles. Soaking in lavender in a fragrant hot bath can be amazing post-workout or for general aches and pains.
You can also drink lavender tea which can have fantastic effects on the digestive system as it prevents the accumulation of gas which can lead to other problems in the gut.
So there you have it! Now you are equipped with the most healthy herb list to increase your longevity and quality of life.
These herbs not only are remedies to help the body biologically, when your body is working well, it means that you will feel much happier- the main component to living a joyful long life.
So put those potentially life-saving and game-changing ingredients on your shopping list and just enjoy having a natural, toxin-free, healthy mind, body and soul.