Antioxidants help to control or elimination of free radicals which can reduce cellular oxidation in the body providing an important defense against degenerate diseases caused by oxidative
stress. While we first think of dark chocolate, blueberries and apples as being the
primary sources of antioxidants in our food, herbs are potent sources as well.
Many herbs and medicinal plants have antioxidant properties, and fresh
culinary herbs including oregano, rosemary, sage and thyme and the extended family of mints (mentha) are the heavyweights
in this category. These herbs not only improve the flavor of other foods, but
add important dietary health benefits to the meal as well.
Perennial Plant :
Alfalfa is not recommended as primary treatment for any condition, alfalfa is a tonic herb, one that supports health by nourishing the body. Alfalfa is of special interest to women because of its estrogenic activity....
perennial herb :
This species of mint has an aroma similar to the citrus Orange Bergamot, but the two are not related. A safe herb to use in both animals and humans. Like most mints, bee balm has a special affinity towards the digestive tract. Bee balm has excellent antib...
Theobromine, the alkaloid contained in cacao beans, resembles
caffeine in its action, but its effect on the central nervous system is less
powerful and does not have the sleep disturbing effects of caffeine....
Evergreen Tropical Tree :
Cinnamon is recommended for treating weak digestion, low appetite and stomach upsets. It has powerful antibacterial and
antiviral properties and may help lower blood sugar....
Perennial Monocot reed :
Ginger combines well with many herbs, improving taste and potency. Ginger speeds up the delivery of healthy plant chemicals into the bloodstream while adding a spicy, hot zest to your favorite dishes....
Evergreen subtropical tree :
Grapefruit increases circulation, stimulates the lymphatic system, and may help to regulate body weight with regular use. It is also a good source of the antioxidant vitamin C....
Grape skins contain the powerful antioxidant compound resveratrol, which has
been shown in studies to protect against the effects of a high fat diet, lowering
cholesterol that could lead to heart disease....
Woody Perennial Herb :
Lavender can lift your spirits, help you sleep, relieve pain, kill germs, heal burns and rashes, and help keep annoying insects at bay. Lavender oil is also antibacterial and healing to the skin...
Oregano has a very ancient reputation and has been used in both the kitchen and the sickroom since the time of the ancients. Many would be surprised to learn that oregano
is ranked first among the culinary herbs in antioxidant power. Many of the
Evergreen shrub :
Herbalists use the immune-stimulating and bacteria fighting properties of Oregon grape root in the treatment of bacterial diarrhea, intestinal parasites, and eye infections. Oregon grape shared many of the properties of goldenseal, but is not botanically ...
Perennial Herb :
Peppermint has an antispasmodic effect that soothes stomachaches and relieves gas. Peppermint oil is cooling and analgesic, relieving heat and inflammation while it increases blood flow to the painful area....
Self-heal, Heal-all, Blue Curls, Heart-of-the-Earth, Brunella Carpenter-weed
Fresh leaves and flowers may be applied directly to a fresh wound. While self-heal is not so immediately effective as comfrey, yarrow, or bugle, it is a good herb to know about because of its almost universal presence and availability. ...
Yacon root and yacon root syrup are used as a sweetener by who need to control their blood sugar. Yacon is a prebiotic, feeding the 'good' bacteria of the gut helping digestion and stimulating the immune system....
Yellow dock as been known as a medicinal plant since ancient times and is used in traditional medicine as a gentle laxative or mild astringent tonic....
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