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Nutrition & Herbs

Herbs are not only flavorful, they are also very nutritious. They are loaded with all sorts of antioxidants and other vitamins and are therefore known as a natural pharmacy that has existed since the foundation of the world.

• An herb like parsley actually contains compounds that can inhibit the formation of a tumor. The compounds found in dill can neutralize carcinogens. Don’t use this as an excuse to go out and smoke. That would be tempting fate.

• Rosemary is known to be an aid to increased circulation to the brain while Thyme possesses an oil that protects your brain cells from changes that take place with age. So it’s safe to say it slows brain’s thyme down?

• The herb basil is good for regulating blood pressure and peppermint is a natural medicine for digestive problems such as nausea and indigestion.

How to sneak an herb into your diet

In getting the proper nutrition you don’t necessarily need to stock up your cabinet with herbal supplements. The whole point of homeopathic remedies is to avoid looking like a pill head. You can stock up your pantry with herbal seasonings and add herbs to your salad. You can also add herbs to cooked food to season it.

Another place to have nutritious herbs aside from your medicine cabinet and pantry is in your garden. They are fairly easy to grow and can be aromatic which makes a good form of aromatherapy. You also don’t have to pick your herbs from the garden until you actually need them. The bad part is occasionally you get a bad crop that wipes out your entire garden. As one gardener put it, “herbs can be nutritious but they can also break your heart.”

Just because all herbs are listed as all-natural doesn’t necessarily mean they are good for you though. You wouldn’t want to exercise your five senses anywhere near poison ivy would you? Some herbs actually contain toxic elements found in the earth that can make you really sick. The best way to play it safe is to talk to someone that has studied the subject of nutrition and herbs.

Also like modern medicine you should consult your doctor, herbalist, or holistic practitioner about what goes with what. There are some prescription drugs that can have toxic effects when taken with anything herbal. You especially wouldn’t want to drink alcohol with an herb like Kava which can be hard on your liver if taken over time.
More than just a song by Simon & Garfunkel, “Parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme” is a way of life that dates back hundreds to thousands of years in the area of nutrition and herbs and other natural medicine. Modern medicine has been on the rise throughout most of the 20th century and we know people didn’t just suffer for thousands of years. Also everyone knows modern medicine won’t cure you but taking care of yourself through diet and exercise can over time. Lastly, they don’t cost you as much and they also don’t require a copay, a prescription, or any kind of insurance.