Top 10 Blessed Herbs
The healing power of medicinal herbs has been recognized from prehistoric times. The earliest historical written records of hundreds of medicinal herbs were found on clay tablets used by thousands of year old Sumerian civilization. Scientist have investigated and are investigating the therapeutic potentials of those plants which have been used by ancient population as medicinal herbs. In fact, scientists have discovered hundreds of useful compounds in this way. These include the widely used modern medicines such as morphine, aspirin, quinine, and digoxin.
Medicinal plants are commonly used in developed and underdeveloped countries for the treatment of variety of diseases. The annual global export value of medicinal plants was over 2.2 billion US$ in 2012.
After reviewing therapeutic potential of various medicinal plants, here is a list of top 10 medicinal herbs which are enormously blessed by nature.
The first blessed herb is Garlic known to contain over 70 active phytochemicals, including selenium, allicin, flavanoids, sulfur and oligosaccharides. This spice is used in preparation of food in many cultures. Its use started well over 5,000 years ago. Garlic can be crushed and eaten raw, but the taste may not be so appealing. Therefore, many prefer to include it in foods as a spice.
Research has shown that garlic can be helpful for the treatment of high blood pressure and other cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, allergies, and fungal infections. Garlic is also used to fight and prevent cancer.
Another blessed herb is Ginger, which is widely used as a spice in almost all parts of the world. It can be used for the treatment of nausea, morning sickness and sea sickness. This is achieved by the action of the oily resin called gingerols, which is a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent.
Ginger is also used to relieve indigestion, boost immune system, treat ulcers, alleviate pain, fight fungal and bacterial infection, improve diabetes and prevent cancer. Ginger can be eaten raw, included in tea, taken in powder form or used in oil form.
Cinnamon is another blessed herb, which has received enormous attention by scientists for its therapeutic potential. In a recent research in Germany, type 2 diabetics were required to take cinnamon extract on daily basis. Their blood sugar successfully reduced by 10%.
This blessed herb has also been shown to significantly lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels. It is also used to fight bacterial and fungal infections, cut risk of heart disease and prevent cancer.
This is a very popular herb, dating back to more than 4000 years. More than 3000 publications on turmeric have been released. The herb is normally added to food but can also be taken as supplements.
Turmeric has powerful antioxidant, antimicrobial, antimutagenic and anti-inflammatory properties. It is mostly used to prevent blood clotting, alleviate arthritis pain, reduce depression, manage diabetes, reduces inflammation, lower cholesterol to healthy levels, treat digestive tract issues and prevent cancer.
This herb originated from the Mediterranean regions. Its main active ingredients are the Rosmarinic Acid and canosol.
When cooking meat at high temperatures, heterocyclic amines are normally produced. These can cause various types of cancer. Rosemary leaves are added to meat to reduce the production of heterocyclic amines.
The Rosemary herb is well-known for its effects on hairs, it is also used to enhance memory, reduce stress, suppress allergic responses and nasal congestion, boost immunity system, relieve pain and freshen the breath.
This blessed herb has more than 75 active ingredients, including amino acids, vitamins, enzymes, saccharides, minerals, saponins and salicyclic acids. Aloe Vera is widely used in the food, pharmaceutical and cosmetic industry. It is used to treat skin diseases, bacterial and fungal infections, irritable bowel syndrome, reduce constipation and inflammation, boost immune system, fight allergy and soothe rashes and skin irritation.
This is known as a sister herb to the Rosemary. It has woody stems with purple or blue flowers, and is evergreen. Sage is a powerful herb able to promote memory, reduce inflammation, treat Alzheimer’s and dementia, assist in digestion, improve the immune system, help in bone development, treat skin conditions and manage diabetes.
Cumin is enormously blessed by the nature for its therapeutic benefits. This flowering plant produces seeds that are used as a condiment in many countries across the continents of America, Asia, Africa and India. Cumin assists in digestion, treats insomnia, asthma, respiratory disorders, lactation, bronchitis, skin disorders, boils and common cold, improves immunity and prevents diabetes.
St. John’s Wort
This herb is mostly known for its antidepressant and anti-inflammatory properties. The two important ingredients in St John’s Wort are hypericin and hyperforin.
St. John's Wort herb is also able to improve mood during menopause, soothe skin irritations and lessen symptoms of obsessive compulsive disorder.
This blessed herb contains melatonin. It also increases the body’s level of melatonin. Melatonin is the nutrient that controls sleeping cycles. Therefore, the herb is taken to improve sleep.
St. John’s Wort has been shown to interact with a number of medicines. Therefore, consultation with your healthcare provider is always important before using it.
This herb has white and yellow flowers and leaves which are used to prepare medicinal teas. The leaves can also be chewed. Feverfew herb relieves headaches, arthritis pain and improves skin conditions.
- Dr. Danish Raza