Since ancient times, and today herbs have long been associated with our wellbeing. Moreover, they help purify our body, mind, and soul!
They contain unique features such as antioxidants, essential oils, vitamins, phytosterols and many other plants derived nutrient substances, which help equip our body to fight against germs, toxins and to boost immunity level. Herbs are, in fact, medicines in smaller dosages.
Essential oils in herbs have been found to have an anti-inflammatory function by inhibiting the enzyme cyclooxygenase (COX), which mediates inflammatory cascade reaction inside the human body. The enzyme-inhibiting effect of essential oils in herbs makes it a valuable remedy for symptomatic relief in individuals with inflammatory health problems such as rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and inflammatory bowel conditions like ulcerative colitis.
Many novel compounds in healthy herbs have been found to reduce blood sugar levels in people with diabetes.
Controlled-epidemiological studies have shown that certain compounds in garlic like those that thiosulfinates (allicin) can bring a significant reduction in total cholesterol and blood pressure, and thereby, helps cut down coronary artery disease and stroke risk.
Curcumin, together with other antioxidants in the turmeric, has been found to have anti-amyloid and anti-inflammatory properties. Thus, it is thought to be effective in preventing or at least delaying the onset of Alzheimer’s disease.
The volatile oils, vitamins, and antioxidants in the herbs have cytotoxicity action against prostate, pancreatic, colon, endometrial cancer cells.
The chemical compounds like anti-spasmodic, carminative, diaphoretic, analgesic, aphrodisiac, deodorant, digestive, antiseptic, lipolytic (fat burning and weight loss action), stimulant and stomachic effects, when taken in the proper dosage, are found in herbs.
Culinary herbs: Herbs not only give a distinctive flavour and taste to the food but also contain many antimicrobial substances that help keep our food protected from these agents. Often, Chefs used to smear herb and spice mixture in small amounts over the raw foods, fish, and meat to marinate.
Here are some serving tips:
Fresh herb leaves are being used in the preparation of soups and green sauces.
Chopped fresh herb leaves can impart richness to the vegetable as well as fruit salads.
Together with other spicy items, selective healthy herbs are being used in vegetable, chicken, fish and lean meat dishes to enhance the flavour and taste.
Some known herbs and plant parts like mint, and ginger are increasingly being used to add flavour in juices and other refreshments.