USE HEALING HERBS IN YOUR COOKING…

With so many amazing herbs to add to your cooking to create tasty flavours why not add some that are healing herbs.

There are some herbs we use in the kitchen which have medicinal benefits as well, Woman & Home wrote.

Rosemary – (one of my absolute favourites), is uplifting and aids memory, concentration and even mathematical ability ( I definitely need that). Studies have also shown that it is high in antioxidants.

Sage is great for hot flushes and delicious with onion as a stuffing. It has antibacterial, anti-sweating and muscle-relaxant properties. Sage is also linked to wisdom.

Marjoram can be used to aid digestion, and for coughs and colds and headaches. The oil can help treat gut infections and imbalances.

Parsley is great for bladder health as parsley has seeds containing oil that is diuretic.

Thyme is great for coughs and colds and is packed with Vitamin C and A. It can treat colds, coughs, catarrh, sore throats, asthma, indigestion, diarrhoea and stomach irritation.

Dill is high in calcium, and vitamins A and C, and can relieve stomach cramps or flatulence. It contains a relaxing essential oil that can be used as a safe muscle relaxant.

Turmeric says Healthline is believed to have anticancer properties and can prevent DNA mutations. As an anti-inflammatory, it can be taken as a supplement and it’s been used topically for people with arthritis who wish to relieve discomfort. It’s used worldwide as a cooking ingredient, which makes it a delicious, antioxidant-richTrusted Source addition to many dishes.

According to recent research, turmeric is also showing promise as a treatment for a variety of dermatologic diseases and joint arthritisTrusted Source.

Garlic according to Healthline has throughout ancient history, been used for its medicinal properties. Garlic supplementation is well known for combatting sickness, including the common cold. Covering all the incredible health benefits of garlic is beyond the scope of this article, but you can read about them here.

Things to always remember when taking herbs in supplement form –

  • When used as a supplement, people tend to take too much, so it can be difficult to trust the dosage and quality. Safety increases when ingested as an herb in cooking or tea.
  • Long-term use can potentially cause stomach problems.
  • Always check with your GP first if you are taking medication.

10 OF THE BEST HEALTHY VEGETABLES TO KEEP YOU FIT THIS WINTER…

With Autumn closing in fast and colds going around like grease lightening, it’s time to make sure you are eating all the right foods to keep you healthy. Here are ten of the best vegetables from General Medical.

1.Brussels sprouts

Like it or lump it, whatever your thoughts are about Brussels sprouts, they’re a highly nutritious vegetable. They’re rich in vitamin K and high in the antioxidant alpha-lipoic acid which is beneficial to those with diabetes.

2. Cabbage

Cabbage is very low in calories and rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that may help reduce inflammation. Increasing your intake of potassium-rich foods like cabbage may help lower high blood pressure levels.

3. Leeks

Leeks provide a good source of vitamins A, C and K which helps your blood to clot. They are also a great source of minerals including magnesium and iron which helps our nervous system to work properly.

4. Celeriac

Celeriac is a highly nutritious vegetable which offers several health benefits, such as improving bone and heart health. Celeriac may also reduce the risk of diabetes.

5. Cauliflower

Cauliflower is considered a superfood because it’s full of nutrients and high in fibre which is important for digestive health, and may reduce the risk of several chronic diseases.

6. Turnip

Turnips have glucosinolates (plant-based chemicals) that may help prevent all kinds of cancer, from breast to prostate. Turnips are rich in a certain antioxidant called lutein which keeps your eyes healthy and wards off problems like cataracts.

7. Beetroot

Beetroot is packed with essential nutrients, they’re a great source of fibre, potassium, iron, and vitamin C. Beetroot can help improve blood flow, lower blood pressure, and increased exercise performance.

8. Parsnip

Parsnips are highly nutritious, they’re a great source of fibre, vitamin C, vitamin K, and folate. They also improve your digestive health, regulate blood sugar levels, and enhance heart health.

9. Sweet potato

Compared to a standard white potato, sweet potatoes offer more vitamins and antioxidants. Sweet potatoes are an excellent source of beta-carotene, which helps support your immune system and gut health.

10. Swede

Swede is a cross between a turnip and cabbage, this root vegetable is particularly high in vitamins C, E, K and B6. 100g of swede has 41% of the recommended daily intake of Vitamin C – great for fighting off winter colds.

Source General Medical