3 Handy Herbs for Pain, Digestion and Stress
Herbs have been used throughout the ages.
Here are three handy herbs that can be used as a culinary ingredient as well as used therapeutically. In powder form, use in recipes or add to food.
For supplemental use herbs can be found in capsules, liquid extracts, or tea.
Ginger for Pain
Today, ginger is the most widely cultivated spice around the world. Depending on the conditions of the soil and the manner of its cultivations, each and every variety of the ginger possesses its own distinctive flavor and aroma. Culinary applications will likely use milder ginger varieties, while the stronger and more pungent varieties are best for use in therapeutic herbal remedies. Ginger may help alleviate headaches and the pain and discomfort of aching muscles. A ginger compress may be used topically to relieve muscular aches, joint stiffness, abdominal cramps, and toothaches. Add fresh or powdered ginger to bath water to soothe sore muscles. Consuming a combination of ginger based supplements is ideal, so as to receive both of the beneficial compounds; gingerols – found in
the fresh rhizome based products and shogaols – which are found in the dry products. Shogaols seem to be more effective in the role of anti-inflammatory agents in the body, and they also function as analgesics.
Peppermint for Digestion
Peppermint has been used in the treatment of indigestion, excess gas, and colic. One of the main benefits of peppermint is its effect on the overall function of the digestive system, helping to increase the flow of digestive juices in the stomach and also promoting the flow of bile at the same time. The other beneficial effects of this herb lie in the soothing effect it has on the lining and muscles of the colon. It may help relieve a spastic colon – a condition often causing constipation in many people. The enteric form of coated peppermint oil is used as a short-term herbal treatment for alleviating the worst effects of irritable bowel syndrome Peppermint contains tannins and these compounds can help protect the lining of the digestive tract. Add fresh leaves to salads. Add the fresh or dried leaves to beverages.
Lavender for Stress
The scent of the lavender has been valued as a scented herb in many civilizations of throughout the past. The mind and the body can be relaxed and soothed down by the inhalation of an herbal infusion or herbal tincture made from the essential oil of the lavender, smelling the lavender flowers also induces this effect in the body. A lavender supplement may also help alleviate anxiety, and the physical symptoms induced by excessive stress such as tension headaches, persistent migraines, and sleep disorders like insomnia. The emotions are said to be brought into balance by the application of lavender oil. It is an essential component of the spice blend, herbs de Provence. Add fresh or dry flowers to recipes or beverages. Add the oil to baths or massage lotions. Also available in capsule form.