Benefits of consuming aromatic herbs
by Dora Ivić
Seeing your grandma drinking tea on daily basis may seem like a total waste of her precious time, but let me inform you why is your grandma right again! Aromatic herbs are fruits and vegetables that are usually used as spices, but we can also consume them as a tea. Most famous aromatic herbs are Lamiaceae and they are used because of their specific ingredients. Rosemary, lavender, oregano, thyme, basil, sage and camomille are one of the most frequent aromatic herbs used in a kitchen. You can consider growing them by yourself. In that way, you are ensured of endless supply with these healthy plants!
Parts of these plants such as a flower or leaf can be used dehydrated or fresh. Most benefits of consuming them are well known for centuries and usually take an important place in traditional medicine. Dehydrated leaves or flowers are often consumed as a tea, but they can be also used for making a macerate, tincture or a traditional brandy. Brandy made from aromatic herbs is a special souvenir in Mediterranean countries. Macerate is a potion made from plants material and some fluid, usually an 80% ethanol. Furthermore, plants material and ethanol need to be in a dark bottle for few weeks to ensure extractions of ingredients in a fluid. A tincture is a macerate made from plants material and a percent of water and ethanol approximately 40/60%. Macerate and tinctures can be consumed orally, but using them as a compression for wounds is showing a large percentage of positive interactions with human organism.
Aromatic herbs are a good source of vitamins and minerals, they are known for having an excellent antiseptic, antibacterial and antioxidant properties. A large amount of calcium is found in rosemary and sage is rich in vitamin A. Use thyme, lavender, and parsley as a spice to enrich your body with antioxidants in order to prevent you from different diseases.
Basil – Cure Against Insomnia
Basil is known as one of the most popular herbs used in Italian cuisine. It can be used fresh or dehydrated. Spaghetti bolognese is probably the perfect dish for adding some basil leaves. Some experts believe that fresh leaves are a better choice than dehydrated because they develop more intensive taste. Basil comes from Asia (Iran) and it can only grow in specific climatic zones. Mediterranean climate is perfect for basil cultivation. Dehydrated basil leaves are often used in traditional medicine as an antidepressive, cure against insomnia, aphrodisiac etc.
Basil essential oil is rich in antioxidants, protectors of our health. It contains DNA-protecting flavonoids. Consuming basil can give you a plenty health benefits, but the most useful is its antibacterial properties. It’s important to know that basil is considered one of the healthiest herbs. Basil nutrition facts showed a large amount of vitamin K in basil fresh leaves, such as vitamin A and vitamin C. Vitamin K is essential for blood clotting and vitamin A is a powerful antioxidant. Essential minerals found in basil are iron, calcium, magnesium, and potassium.
Rosemary – Can Boost Immune System
Rosemary is a beautiful herb associated with the Mediterranean where rosemary leaves are an essential part of the cuisine. Rosemary is known for its positive effects on memory and cognitive functions. Consuming rosemary leaves as a spice (fresh or dehydrated) can boost your immune system, help with stress and anxiety, decrease a risk from getting ulcus and other gastrointestinal problems. Rosemary is a good source of vitamins B (pantothenic acid, pyridoxine, riboflavin, folate) vitamin A and vitamin C. Minerals found in rosemary are calcium, iron, copper, magnesium, and potassium.
Thyme – Helpful With Managing Body Weight
Thyme is an important ingredient of different pharmaceutical products for bronchitis and other respiratory system issues. Furthermore, thyme also affects the organs of the gastrointestinal system. It is helping with the digestion of fat. In French and Italian cuisine, Thyme takes an important part of dishes such as soups, sauces and meat dishes. The potential benefits of drinking Thyme tea are lowering oxidative stress, improving cognitive function, boosting the immune system and relieving menstrual cramps. Thyme tea is rich in rich minerals, beneficial phenols, and flavonoids, but it doesn’t possess any caffeine. Drinking Thyme tea is showing positive effects on managing body weight.
Mint – High Antioxidant Capacity
Mint is a well-known special ingredient of delicious menthol bonbons. Mint tea can be useful with problems such as ulcus and other gastrointestinal problems. This calming and soothing herb has one of the highest antioxidant capacities of any food. In traditional medicine, mint is used as a cure for anxiety, depression, stomachache headaches and migraines. Peppermint is the most popular mint hybrid and it offers benefits to the respiratory system, including coughs, colds, asthma, allergies, and tuberculosis. Peppermint oil is used for inhalation, cosmetical and food industry.
Lavender – Magical With Skin Disorders
Lavender is my favorite herb because of its smell and ability to grow in large bushes. Lavender essential oil is the most popular oil used in aromatherapy and cosmetic industry, but it can also be used as antiseptic. It can be helpful with common fungal infections because lavender essential oil has strong antifungal properties. Lavender is used for restoring hair loss, improving digestion, improving blood circulation, pain relief, treating skin disorders and relieving respiratory disorders.
Chamomile – Known For Relaxing Effect
Chamomile tea is the perfect cure for a large number of inflammations, according to its antibacterial and antiseptic properties. Tea is made of flowers gone through a process of dehydration and its known for relaxing effect. Drinking chamomile tea is a popular way to get your daily dose of chamomile. Consummation of chamomile tea is associated with sleeping regulation and lowering stress effect. Always use it while having stomach flu, because it has a strong antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory effect. Chamomile tea shows numerous health benefits such as improving skin health, boosting the immune system, reveling menstrual discomfort and managing diabetes. Chamomile assists with modulating the immune response to allergens, and is a known anti-histamine that soothes allergic reactions and prevents worsened symptoms. Most famous chamomile essential oils are Roman and German.