Spices enrich the taste of our dishes, and they are often the reason we are especially fond of some flavor. However, most of them also offer various health benefits and can help you fight multiple issues and conditions.
For instance, oregano effectively destroys bacteria, and turmeric soothes asthma symptoms and joint pain.
However, you cannot enjoy all the benefits of an herb by only adding a pinch of it to your meals. There are cases when you need to take supplements in order to get the maximum positive properties of it.
Herbal teas are also a good alternative, but in the case of the following six herbs, you should have them in the form of pill sin your kitchen cabinet for you to get their full potential.
This herb has been traditionally used for centuries as a brain booster and as an antiseptic in the case of a sore throat.
Also, British researchers have found that people who took Spanish sage oil capsules were consistently better on a word-recall test than those who did not.
Sage contains a compound which inhibits the same enzyme that is the target of drugs for memory loss in the case of Alzheimer’s disease.
In the case of Alzheimer’s, or if you are just trying to remain sharp, take 30 drops of the liquid extract 2-3 times daily. In the case of sore throats, drink sage tea or gargle with a much diluted solution of the liquid (10 to 20 drops) dissolved in a cup of warm water.
Don’t do! There are no risks if taken in normal doses. However, if used in excessive amounts for prolonged time periods, it might lead to seizures.
Oregano oil fights infections, due to the potent compounds it contains, thymol and carvacrol. Oregano can be helpful for traveler’s diarrhea and giardiasis, but it’s used primarily for upper respiratory infections.
It’s best for short-term, low-grade problems like coughs and colds, but if you don’t feel better after several days, or you develop a high fever, you should definitely see a physician, who may need to prescribe antibiotics.
The inappropriate use of this oil might burn your mouth. Therefore, it would be best that you choose some combinations of this essential oil with a liquid extract of oregano. The proper doses range from 20 drops twice daily to 30 drops four times daily, diluted in 4 ounces of water.
Don’t do! There are no risks apart from the potential burning of the mouth of the pure essential oil.
Turmeric is a potent anti-inflammatory, and it soothes the pain due to osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. It relieves inflammation in the case of other conditions, like tendonitis, and it boosts the cardiovascular health.
You can get the therapeutic dose of turmeric from food, and you need a pinch per serving. If you choose supplementation, you should take 4 grams of turmeric a day.
Don’t do! Use it with caution, as powdered turmeric is a potent blood-cleansing herb
This miraculous bulb with a pungent taste is excellent for the heart. Its consumption drastically lowers the plaque in the arteries in patients with atherosclerosis.
Garlic slightly lowers LDL, or bad cholesterol, and raises HDL, the good type. It also lowers blood pressure and reduces the potential for a stroke, because less plaque means there’s less possibility that pieces will break off from the artery walls and lodge in the brain or heart.
To support the health of the arteries, take 200 to 300 milligrams of standardized garlic powder three times every day.
Don’t do! You should not take garlic in the form of supplements if you are regularly using aspirin or warfarin (Coumadin), as it might thin the blood.