Herbal remedies can be splendid alternatives to conventional (synthetic) pharmaceuticals if you want a more natural way of healing your body’s complaints. Many herbs are also popular flavorings, which means you may already be taking in nature’s medicines through your cooking without even knowing it. Here are 5 great herbal cures that you may not be aware of yet, but which would definitely do you good to know.
- Chili pepper – Cayenne is a great flavoring for the spice-lovers, but more than that, it’s also healthy. Capsaicin—the chemical responsible for its heat—is actually quite good at dealing with congestion from flu as well as a superb anti-inflammatory chemical. There are even some research studies being carried out that indicate that it may be a good anti-cancer medicine. Just remember to use it in moderation, though, as too much capsaicin can actually destroy the receptors—not just the taste buds, mind you—for taste, which will destroy your palate forever.
- Kratom – This herb from southeast Asia is a great substitute for Tramadol and Oxycodone—opiate analgesics, in other words. It is less addictive and also less depressive, making it a great alternative if you are concerned about maintenance.
- Cinnamon – Diabetics can benefit a lot from this delicious spice. Cinnamon has been shown to help in the regulation of blood sugar and even reduce cholesterol in the bloodstream, making it one of the healthiest herbal remedies around! Add to that the fact that it comes packed with antioxidants—the substances responsible for preventing cell aging and degeneration—and is also a potent antibacterial substance capable of taking down even E. coli. This is obviously one herbal remedy you want to always have with you.
- Cloves – Antibacterial and anti-inflammatory, cloves have some powerful herbal healing mojo in them. They have been shown to even take down bacteria that antibiotics can’t kill. Put some clove oil on an aching tooth or gum and it should be numbed in about 15-30 minutes.
- Coriander – Suffer from irritable bowel syndrome? You may want to try coriander seed tea, then. It has been shown to relieve some of the intestinal spasms associated with IBS, besides also being antibacterial and good for relieving anxiety.