Herbs for Anti-Aging
Unfortunately life starts to get a bit harder as we age, we might develop certain diseases/conditions, our skin begins to wrinkle, our sleep cycle becomes hectic and more! There are ways to counter this however, we can supplement with herbs and spices to increase our health and appearance. We'll go through the top 10 in this article.
Prevent Cancer and Alzheimer's: Turmeric
Turmeric is a culinary spice that is a primary ingredient in many Indian foods and in mustard. However, it possesses strong anti-inflammatory affects and can greatly reduce your risk of cancer and Alzheimer’s. There have been many studies done that show turmeric contains natural agents which work to block the formation of beta-amyloid, this is the plaque responsible for the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease. If you're looking to add more turmeric into your diet, a great way to do this is by drinking some turmeric tea. Alternatively you can purchase a supplement in the form of tablets or capsules from your local health food store.
Fight Just about Everything: Cloves
The health benefits of cloves are in abundance and there really is no reason not to be eating them. Just some of the problems cloves can help you with are tooth ache, cough, asthma, indigestion, stress, head ache. However, the most common use of cloves is dental care; there are numerous toothpastes, mouthwashes and oral medicines which contain clove oil. A good way to add cloves into your diet is to cook with clove oil, or find some good recipes that involve cloves.
Relieve Stiffness Due to Arthritis: Cinnamon
Cinnamon has great healing properties when it comes to treating arthritis as it is antimicrobial and antioxidant. For the best results however, it is recommended that you use a mixture of cinnamon and honey. You could purchase this mixture from your local supermarket or health food store.
Stimulate Digestive Juices: Jamaican Allspice
Jamaican Allspice is a great way to improve digestion and you'll also benefit from its anti-gas effects. It is recommended to add Allspice to your foods to get the most benefit, you can rub it on meat, vegetables, or sprinkle it in soup. It also helps to keep blood sugar levels under control which is a great way to keep your arteries healthy.
Keep Your Heart Young: Apple Pie Spice
This is an aromatic spice blend which contains anti-inflammatory properties due to ginger being the primary ingredient. This spice blend can help keep your arteries clear and promote a healthy heart. In addition to this, it will also protect you from bacteria and fungi, boost the immune system, and lower LDL cholesterol. You can find many recipes online which incorporate apple pie spice.
Immunity Booster: Oregano
Oregano is a perennial herb and it sometimes known as wild marjoram. There have been several studies which have concluded that the oregano herb has antioxidant properties. It helps to clear us of free radicals which promote aging and disease. Oregano is also one of the strongest antibiotics and antifungals around and can help kill Candida, fungal infections and yeast infections.
Improve Digestion and Sleep: Marjoram
Marjoram is also a perennial herb and has a sweet pine and citrus flavor. There have been numerous studies which show that adding marjoram into your diet could noticeably improve your digestion as well as your sleep. In addition to this, many people have also reported that marjoram has help to relieve them of stress. You can find this perennial herb in many health food stores.
Fight Inflammation: Sage
The salvia officinalis (also known as sage, common sage, or garden sage) is an evergreen, perennial sub-shrub which has a relatively long history of medical usage. The sage can help fight the inflammation caused by asthma, arthritis and more. You can add sage to your meals quite easily as there are many recipes for including sage.
Heal from Infections Faster: Thyme
Thyme is a herb with great medical uses. Its main use it to treat bacterial infections and there have been many studies done on this herb. It also has anti-inflammatory effects and is often used in mouthwashes and cough drops in order to treat throat infections.
Protect Your Skin Cells: Italian Spice
Italian spice is a great way to improve our appearance as adding just a pinch of this blend can provide us with vital protection to our skin cells. It contains antioxidants which help protect us from dangerous free radicals. It is easy to add Italian spice to many recipes and there are even ways to make your own homemade spice.
To conclude, there are clearly an abundance of herbs and spices which you can use to slow down the aging process, whether that be improving your appearance or limiting your risk of diseases and conditions. Many of the above herbs and spices can be obtained by going to your local supermarket or health food store and there are usually recipes online which will help you incorporate these into your meals.