Sunday, June 28, 2009

The Fit FactorY: Herbal Cures you should Have at Home

Dr. Mao posted an article in Yahoo answers about the 8 common herbal treatments found at home. Read below and start planting in your garden, or stocking up on your spice rack now!

1. Rosemary
A good alternative to coffee. It Stimulates brain activities and increase brain alertness. Also aids in digestion and perks up your immune system.

2. Mint
Peppermint settles the stomach and alleviates gas. It also supports good vision and cleanses your liver.

3. Oregano
A great natural remedy to colds or flu!

4. Sage
Helps prevent the loss of mental function that comes with age.

5. Chives
A member of the garlic and onion family, chives have been used throughout history for natural healing because they contain a substantial amount of vitamin C as well as essential minerals such as potassium, calcium, iron and folic acid. They can strengthen the lower back and improve circulation.

6. Basil
Perks up your energy level (without the caffeine!)... and super delicious on a Margherita pizza might I add ;)

7. Cilantro
Boosts your immune system and aids in digestion.

8. Parsley
Cools the liver and clears the eyes.

Additionally, having some Turmeric on your house is good too, as it is one of the components in making an effective gout herbal remedy.

The good thing about this list is that most of them can be sneaked in to your dishes easily. And they add flavor too!

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