6 Herbs and Spices to Improve Your Mood & Health
Herbs and spices have been used as cures for health issues in cultures around the world since ancient times. The most wonderful thing about them is that unlike pharmaceutical prescriptions, there are no harmful side effects imposed on your body without your consent.
Over this past year, these are the herbs and spices I’ve used on a regular basis. I recommend those that I’ve used myself and a few additional tidbits of information that I’ve gleaned from other sources.
Mint contains useful flavonoids and phenolic acids, which are known to boost health and help numerous ailments. Inhaling the peppermint aroma may increase memory and relieve stress.
Peppermint is in the same family of herbs with Rosemary and Sage which also contain flavonoids and phenolic acids.*
As an essential oil, peppermint can be used as a topical pain reliever, for skin or hair care, to freshen breath, and in toothpaste. It can also be used aromatically in a diffuser for a pleasant, relaxing scent in your room before going to bed.
Sage has a long history of both physical and spiritual healing. Sage belongs to the same family as rosemary and mint and therefore contains flavonoids and phenolic acids.* This gives Sage both anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
The anti-inflammatory properties of sage make it a great herbal remedy for people who suffer from inflammatory conditions.
Rosemary is used topically, which means an application to the skin, for preventing and treating baldness. In addition, it is used to treat circulation issues, toothaches, a skin condition called eczema, and joint or muscle pain such as myalgia, sciatica, and intercostal neuralgia. It is also used to heal wounds, in bath therapy (balneotherapy), and as an insect repellent.
Rosemary is in the same family with Peppermint and Sage and therefore contains flavonoids and phenolic acids.*
Health benefits of rosemary include the ability to boost memory, improve mood, reduce inflammation, relieve pain, protect the immune system, stimulate circulation, detoxify the body, protect the body from bacterial infections, prevent premature aging, and heal skin conditions.
The fresh, clean smell of lavender makes it highly used in soaps, shampoos, and sachets to scent our clothes. It is known to eliminate nervous tension, enhance blood circulation, treat respiratory issues, and is widely used for disinfection of the scalp and skin.
It has also been used to calm, sooth and sedate when its scent is inhaled. The name “Lavender” comes from the Latin root “Lavare” which means “to wash”.
Jasmine is used medicinally as an antiseptic, antidepressant, antispasmodic, analgesic, sedative, and as an aphrodisiac.
The aromatic effect of jasmine oil stimulates the release of certain hormones in the body, including serotonin, which results in the boost of energy and the uplifted mood.
Turmeric contains compounds with medicinal properties which are called curcuminoids, the most important of which is curcumin.
Curcumin is a substance with powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Is also widely used as an anti-depressant.