Tag: herb

Sep

24

Health Benefits Of Basil Leaves

Health Benefits Of Basil Leaves
Basil
is a common herb in most of our kitchens, but did you know that, besides tasting good in our chicken and pasta dishes, it can be of use toward having more healthy bodies?  It is an excellent alternative health treatment for many minor ailments.  Lets take a closer look at why I absolutely LOVE basil!

Basil For Headaches:

A facial steam with dried basil leaf can help alleviate a headache.  Add a tablespoon of dried basil leaf to 2 cups of boiling water in a large pot.  Carefully lean over the pot, cover head with a towel and breathe in the steam for 5-10 minutes until headache starts to subside.  Bonus, you get to smell like an Italian restaurant for the rest of the day!

Good For Upset Stomach:

Us Italians may be on to something with adding Basil to everything.  It is thought to have a calming effect on the stomach and 1/2 teaspoon of dried or fresh Basil Leaf in water can often help sooth indigestion and alleviate feelings of fullness.

Basil Leaves And Fevers:

Leaves are used for quenching fevers, especially those related to malaria and other infectious, eruptive fevers common to tropical areas.  Boiling leaves with some cardamom in about two quarts of water, then mixed with sugar and milk, brings down temperature. An extract of basil leaves in fresh water should be given every 2 to 3 hours; between doses you can give sips of cold water.  This method is especially effective for reducing fevers in children.
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Mar

31

Health Benefits Of Sage And Type 2 Diabetes

Health Benefits Of Sage And Type 2 DiabetesSage, Salvia officinalis, is a desert herb native to the Mediterranean. It prefers shallow, rocky soils and large amounts of sun. Cooks rely on this herb for its distinct flavor and aroma, and the herb also offers a number of potential health and medicinal benefits. So what are the associated health benefits with this amazingly, powerful herb, lets take a closer look and see how you can incorporate this into your healthy lifestyle!

Sage And Diabetes:

This wonderful herb may have other potential health benefits, including protecting against diabetes. Studies on laboratory animals published in the “British Journal of Nutrition” found that this paticular extract might be hypoglycemic, lowering the animals’ blood glucose by blocking release of stored glucose from the liver, a function the liver performs in response to a hormone called glucagon. The authors compared these effects to those of a common diabetes drug, metformin, and suggested that sage might be a useful preventive against Type 2 diabetes. However, studies on human subjects are needed to confirm its potential for this use.

Sage For Hot Flashes:

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