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Living the herb life




We often have tons of herbs and spices lined up on our Kitchen shelves,

to add exotic flavours to our food. But these herbs do far more than just

add to the taste! Herbs have a high nutritional quotient; they are rich in

minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants along with many antibacterial and

disease-fighting properties.

Apart from medicinal and culinary benefits, herbs help in improving and

maintaining mental and physical health. Most of the “Nani Ka Nuskaas”

or home remedies make use of herbs. Mint, Thyme, Rosemary, Basil,

Lemongrass, Fennel seeds, Garlic and Oregano are the most commonly

used herbs.

So how can we use herbs for a better health?


Better Metabolism and reduction in inflammation

Bowel movements and digestion can be improved with the help of

Peppermint,Dill and Chives. This in turn helps in weight loss. Herbs

block the enzyme “cyclooxygenase”, which serves as a source of

inflammation. Thus, use of herbs will help in reducing such reactions.

Oregano and Holy Basil is widely used for the same.


Improved immune system

A strong immune system is very important in today’s day and age.

Herbs have antioxidants and various properties that help in fighting

toxins and germs, thus boosting our immunity. Consuming Mint, Basil,

and garlic on regular basis helps in combating diseases. Fresh Thyme

contains a lot of antioxidants. A sprinkle of Thyme will add aroma to

your food and at the same time strengthen your immunity!


For great skin and hair

Tired of acne prone skin? Mint, oregano, turmeric, and neem will make

it better in no time. Other herb oils too, come handy for natural skin

care.

Adding herbal teas to your daily routine, nourishes your scalp and

improves the hair texture.


Mental health

Herbs contain vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that can counter and prevent several ailments which deteriorate mental health. The uplifting fragrance of herbs alleviates various psychological issues and maintains the balance of the mind. Rosemary and Spearmint are known for the same.


Herbs are miraculously healthy. There are so many herbs, and each with

its special quality. Incorporation of these in your diet is the best way to

benefit from them.

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