Organic Herb Glossary: Health Benefits They Can Provide
Here are some amazing organic herbs that can offer some awesome health benefits.†
Acacia gum is a dietary fiber that dissolves readily in water that can help people feel fuller faster, thereby helping to support weight loss and healthy cholesterol levels. Acacia is an easy way to boost your prebiotic fiber intake. It goes by the name Acacia senegal and can help heal wounds and inhibit unhealthy periodontal bacteria.
Used in Ayurvedic Medicine, ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) is an adaptogenic herb that helps to restore balance to the body, including supporting a healthy stress response, immune system and inflammation levels as well as mood and memory.
BUTTERBUR (WILD CRAFTED)
Butterbur (Petasites hybridus) has been used for over 2,000 years for upset stomach; migraines and other headaches; coughs; allergies; asthma; hay fever; relieving spasms; supporting healthy inflammation; relief for anxiety; insomnia and more.
Garlic contains over 100 biologically active components giving it antibiotic, antiviral and antifungal properties to support healthy immunity. Garlic fights unhealthy bacterial, viral and yeast invaders, and supports healthy cells, detoxification and balances inflammation.
Ginger has strong antioxidant capacities and potent antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal and antiparasitic qualities, while protecting the body’s stores of glutathione—the master detoxifier of the immune system to support immune health.
Known as tulsi, holy basil can soothe stress; promote blood sugar balance; immune system support; gastrointestinal health; anti-aging and antioxidant power; heart health; joint health; cellular health; adrenal support; hormonal and reproductive equilibrium and more. Holy basil is antibacterial, antifungal, antiinflammatory and antiviral.
A perennial herb from the mint family, lemon balm is used for digestive problems; menstrual cramping; headache; toothache; and mental health. It has a calming effect and is thought to possibly help with anxiety; insomnia; restlessness; ADHD; autoimmune problems; thyroid problems; rapid heartbeat from nervousness; high blood pressure and more.
Known as Petroselinum crispum, parsley is an annual Mediterranean herb, and has been used as an expectorant; antimicrobial, diuretic; hypotensive; laxative; and to address anemia and arthritis.
A Mediterranean spice that masquerades as an herb, oregano has strong phenol antioxidants that can wipe out bad bacteria, viruses and yeasts. Oregano is a powerhouse antioxidant and ranked highly by the USDA, too, with an antioxidant potential between three to 20 times higher than any other herb.
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