The healing power of herbs

May 14, 2020

Herbs may be the secret ingredient of a signature dish, but the health benefits they provide go far beyond the plate. Herbs and spices don’t just give our food an extra kick, they’re an age-old ally in our mission to improve health and wellbeing.

Retirement could be the perfect time to incorporate the healing power of herbs alongside your regular medication, but before you add ‘masterchef’ to your list of retirement activities, please consult your GP or a health professional before making any changes. Here are five ways getting herby can benefit your health:

  1. Reduce Inflammation:

We all know that sore, tender and generally unpleasant feeling caused by inflammation. Thankfully, a range of herbs and spices such as turmeric, black pepper, ginger, garlic, cinnamon, cloves and cayenne pepper may help relive symptoms naturally.

  1. Strengthen Your Metabolism

Adding a variety of herbs and spices to your meals can give your sluggish metabolism just the right kick it needs. Look out for thermogenic (heat producing) herbs and spices like mustard, ginger, cumin, garlic, chilli and turmeric.

  1. Lower Blood Pressure

High blood pressure can lead to a health issues from heart disease to type 2 diabetes. To lower your risk, it’s important to have a low GI, balanced diet. All-rounders such as sage, basil, cinnamon, clove and oregano have also been shown to lower blood sugar levels

  1. Boost Your Immune System

We live in a time when our immune system is more important than ever. Help keep colds and flu at bay with the immune-boosting properties of black pepper, garlic, ginger and licquorice.

  1. Clearing Your Digestive System.

Staying hydrated and eating a fibre-rich diet are two key factors of an optimal digestive system. But herbs and spices like fennel, turmeric, peppermint, ginger and coriander can also help by reducing gas, bloating and constipation.

The views and opinions expressed are those of the authors, please consult your own legal, financial or health advisors before making any decisions.

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