Oils, spices, herbs, & the teas & tinctures made from them have been used for thousands of years for health. So what has changed from then to now? The answer is nothing. Sort of. The knowledge of these things for optimal health has moved from primary to secondary information when discussing methods of treatment. What was once the only source of medicine has now been pushed to the back of the cabinet & deemed “alternative”. A shame really, since most of these ancient sources of health don’t just treat ailments, they prevent them. Why get sick in the first place, right? Below I’ve listed five herbs you may or may not know about, most available in tea form that offer great health benefits.
To most people, dandelions are simply a weed in their garden, but to those who dig a little deeper, know it’s a great source of Vitamin A, offering more than three times the daily-recommended amount in 100 grams. Vitamin A is a fat-soluble vitamin that aids in maintaining healthy skin, vision, reproduction, and resistance to infectious diseases.
Rosemary isn’t just for your baked chicken. One hundred grams contains about 37% of your daily-recommended dose of Vitamin C. This vitamin, mostly known for helping with recovery from the common cold, is also responsible for collagen synthesis in the body. Collagen is the main structural protein of the body, maintaining the integrity of the blood vessels, skin, organs & bones.
Ginger is pretty common in most pantries & refrigerators. Ginger contains minerals like potassium, manganese, copper, & magnesium. Potassium is responsible for controlling heart rate & blood pressure. Basically, ginger can lower blood pressure.
One hundred grams of Thyme contains two times the amount of your daily-recommended intake of iron & 40% of your daily-recommended intake of calcium. Thyme also contains many phytonutrients, these are nutrients that have been scientifically proven to improve health.
Many may not know that Stevia isn’t just a powdery white substitute for processed sugar. Stevia is a plant originating in South America and used by the natives to reduce weight, treat wound infections, inflammatory conditions, swelling in the legs and as a tonic to treat depression. For us Northern Americans, stevia, typically used as a non-carbohydrate sweetener, but it should be noted that stevia has many natural antioxidants that help lower blood pressure, cholesterol, & control diabetes.
This information is not to replace the advice of your doctor, only to inform you to help you make your best decision for health. I can neither diagnose, nor treat any sickness acute or chronic. Feel free to try all of these herbs as teas, or make a tea from one and use stevia to sweeten it, or, eat them as seasonings in your food. Either way, you get all the benefit and there is no drawback. Enjoy!