Herbs to Include In Your Daily Routine: The Ones They Don’t Tell You About

Herbs to Include In Your Daily Routine: The Ones They Don’t Tell You About

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Each day people like you and I are worried about our health and what we can do to maintain our health. With more information coming to light through social media and with more streaming services like Netflix providing unfiltered content, more people are becoming concerned about the benefits they take in daily from the food they eat, including herbs.

This wave of needing to know what you put into your body has crusaded millions to look up herbs that are necessary for daily healthy living. Many of the blog posts and articles you read inform you about garlic and how great it is a great antibiotic or how chili pepper is a great aid in the digestive system. Chamomile is a superb relaxant in teas and ginger works by relieving nausea when made in teas. We also know about how carrots are great for one’s eyesight and how cucumbers can help with burns.

These are herbs that are most commonly spoken about and that are already in our diet. More times than none, you will find yourself using one of these herbs in your meals or drinks. But what about the herbs that we have total access to and do not ever really talk about?

Here are some herbs that you can get at your local grocery store or farmers market that are beneficial to your daily living:

1. Nutmeg

We’ve all used nutmeg in our meals. I love to use nutmeg in my hot cocoa (a Dominican tradition). Nutmeg has been known to boost skin health and aid in strengthening one’s cognitive function. It is great to reduce insomnia and improve blood circulation. Often as adults, we do not get enough sleep due to stress from work and family, myself included. With some nutmeg added to my hot chocolate during these cold months, I fall right to sleep and I feel great the next day.

2. Feverfew

Another great herb used for migraines, however, folklore tells us that this herb was used in ancient times to cleanse the womb of the mother. Nonetheless, it is a great herb to use if you have a bad headache or if you’re having joint pain due to arthritis or rheumatism. Feverfew also reduces fever as the name tells us. Many traditional herbalists have stated that Feverfew leaves are actually edible but I don’t personally chew on these leaves.

3. Jasmine

Jasmine is a beautiful flower that we can find at grocery store garden sections or local farmers market. This flower is simple and amazing for relieving stress. It’s been known in traditional medicine as an antidepressant. It is not a flower that can be ingested, but it has been used in medicines to aid hepatitis, liver pain, and abdominal pain. I recommend getting Jasmine dried and making your own essential oil to get the most of its stress-relieving effects.

4. Catnip

I know what you’re thinking. Why on earth would you use catnip in your daily routine? Well, catnip has been used in many ancient traditions to reduce flu, headaches, and helps with indigestion and stress. It has also been known to be a great sedative and is safe to give to children. You can utilize catnip in your herbal teas or in a tincture form that you may rub on areas of pain.

5. Star anise

This is one of my favorite herbs to use. Not only do I love the shape and the smell of star anise, I love the benefits you can get from it. Anise is great for many things. It aids the respiratory tract and the digestive tract, it alleviates cramps (one of my favorites) and reduces nausea. It’s great because it relieves bloating, gas, and constipation and is also super rich in nutrients, which is something that concerns many of us.

6. Cardamom

Though it is an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, cardamom does not get the attention it deserves. This spice lowers blood pressure, helps fight inflammation, aids in nausea and vomiting, and can help lower blood sugar levels. It does this because, like nutmeg, it helps with blood circulation which is beneficial to our heart health. One of the pluses to cardamom is that it gives you good-smelling breath because it is part of the ginger family. I recommend always having cardamom handy, whether it be dried or not.

Now that you have a list of a few extra added herbs to your daily routine, you can look into how you can utilize these herbs. It is always best to research herbs thoroughly and to speak to your physician if you’re having any concerns with any health conditions you may have. These herbs are great to keep in mind and show that there are natural and holistic remedies we can look towards using.

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Sources

  1. https://www.dilmahtea.com/herbal-infusion-tea/herbal-tea-benefits/nutmeg.html
  2. https://www.drweil.com/vitamins-supplements-herbs/herbs/feverfew/
  3. https://www.healthbenefitstimes.com/anise/
  4. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/cardamom-benefits#section2
  5. https://www.indigo-herbs.co.uk/natural-health-guide/benefits/jasmine

As a gardener and a medical professional, Hillary Torres grew fascinated with learning about the plants in her garden. Many of them she has used simply to decorate her home but when she began to know more about naturopathic medicine, she grew eager to learn more. Learning about plant medicine has been an uplifting journey full of knowledge, and she is happy to share a piece of it.