Herbs come in many different forms. However, the most popular forms are fresh herbs and dried herbs. Fresh and dried herbs can be used both as a food and as a medicinal herb. By adding these herbs to salads, soups, stews, casseroles, etc. you can help maintain your health while also adding flavor and nutrients to your cooking.
You will find that many herbs are used as flavorings for foods or as medicinal plants. You can either add them to your cooking or take them as an herbal remedy. A few of these herbs are:
Turmeric is a herb that falls into both the food and medicinal plant category. As a seasoning, turmeric is used a lot in Indian food. Turmeric helps to protect the liver against damage, fights inflammation and oxidation. In addition, it aids in digestion by stimulating bile flow and supports liver detoxification. Try adding it to your favorite chicken and rice dishes.
Caution: Long-term use may cause gastrointestinal disturbances.
Ginger is another herb which is used in cooking as well as being a medicinal herb. It contains 8 liver-protecting compounds. Ginger also aids digestion by stimulating bile flow and contains more than 12 antioxidant compounds.
Caution: Ginger is not recommended for people taking anticoagulants, avoid taking if stomach is overstimulated and take in moderation during early pregnancy.
Another herb which is considered both a food and a medicinal herb is dandelion. As a food, dandelion leaves are eaten as a vegetable and are usually added to salads or cooked like spinach. In addition, dandelion root is also used as an herb to help stimulate bile flow and help improve the symptoms of various liver diseases, including hepatitis.
Caution: Avoid if you suffer from biliary ailments or are low in pota-ssium. This herb may lower blood sugar levels.
Burdock is another herb that can be for food and medicinal purposes. The root can be added to soups and stews. Burdock also acts as a powerful antioxidant and as a blood purifier. It is also good for gastrointestinal problems and can help to restore liver and gallbladder function.
Caution: Avoid using if allergic to ragweed, chrysanthemums, marigolds and daisies. Large amounts may cause hypoglycemia. If taking insulin, consult your doctor before using because your insulin dosage may require adjustment. Do not use if pregnant or breastfeeding.
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