It would be impossible to imagine universal gastronomy devoid of an essential flavor: anise. The confectionery has made this spice an essential component of various dishes and products, very acceptable to the palate of most mortals.
Consuming herbs may help to prevent and manage heart disease, cancer and diabetes. It may also help to reduce blood clots and provide anti-inflammatory and anti-tumour properties.
Finding your own line is never an easy task. Often, in combination with diets and exercise, dietary supplements or foods rare, expensive or difficult to find, some with dubious or unproven effectiveness are associated. However, not everyone knows that a valid weight loss aid can be provided by some simple herbs used daily in the kitchen to season, flavor or garnish everyday dishes. The so-called ‘odors’ are rich in slimming, deflating, draining properties or principles that favor the loss and maintenance of body weight.
Many medicinal herbs can help you improve concentration, memory, and cognitive performance. I will introduce you to 7 herbs for mental clarity, maintain emotional balance, reduce stress levels, and improve your memory and concentration. As always, before taking any supplements, please consult a specialist. Some herbs can interact with medications and their ingestion can be dangerous.
Diet, stress, environmental pollution, and chemicals in hair products can lead to hair thinning, damage and graying. Excessive consumption of caffeinated and sugar-containing beverages also contributes to hair loss. Unfortunately, we forget too often that our body’s fuel is food, which also affects our hair’s health. Stress and anxiety can then lead to a hormonal imbalance that leads to hair loss. Let’s find out more about the herbs for hair growth.
In South Asia, one of the most popular hair oils is almond oil. Almond oil contains various hair nutrients such as Omega-3 fatty acids, phospholipids, vitamin E and magnesium. Almond oil nourishes, moisturizes and strengthens the hair. Due to the nutrient density is optimal for treating hair loss (or controlling hair loss) and treating damaged hair. However, almond oil does not increase hair volume, but it can increase hair length and shine, reduce split ends, eliminate dandruff, and reduce inflammation of the scalp.
There are only a few natural ingredients known to help with hair growth and Aloe Vera is one of them, along with castor oil, fenugreek and cedar essential oil. Aloe vera contains vitamins A, C, E, B1, B2, B3, B6, B12 and folic acid. It is also rich in minerals such as calcium, magnesium, zinc, iron, and selenium. It is a natural moisturizer that reduces dryness and dandruff (by removing dead cells) and maintains the pH balance of the scalp, detangles curly hair and is great for oily hair. Aloe Vera is rich in antioxidants and contains antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties that make it ideal for treating hair loss. Aloe vera can be used as a pre-shampoo treatment.
TIP: Apply aloe vera gel on the scalp 15 minutes before showering.
Castor oil is an age-old remedy for preventing hair loss or promoting hair regrowth. This is because castor oil can improve circulation and increase blood flow. It has anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. Castor oil is one of the few natural ingredients that stimulate hair growth, moisturizes it, adds shine and prevents hair loss by thickening the hair. It also makes them grow faster and fights dryness and dandruff. Castor oil contains Omega 9 essential fatty acids, Vitamin E, oleic acid, enzymes, and minerals, making it an amazing remedy. Cold-pressed, unrefined and extra virgin is best for hair health.
TIP: Castor oil is very thick so you need to apply it together with another oil of your choice (e.g., 3 tablespoons of castor oil, 1 tablespoon of almond oil, 1 tablespoon of coconut oil). Heat the mixture in a double boiler, apply it to the hair from root to tip and let it sit for at least thirty minutes. Then rinse thoroughly.
Oils are “food” for hair … Coconut oil is one of the best as it is refreshing and rich in vitamins E and K, lauric acid, and minerals Coconut oil contains anti-fungal, anti-viral and antibacterial properties and is rich in antioxidants. Coconut oil promotes hair growth, fights with dryness, dandruff, scalp infections and fungi, protects hair from sun damage, as well as brightens it.
Better to buy organic, cold-pressed, extra virgin coconut oil.
TIP: apply it as a moisturizing and restructuring pack by heating about 50ml of oil and massaging it into the hair, starting from the scalp and then continuing along the entire length as a normal conditioner. Leave it on for at least half an hour, depending on the dryness of your hair and wash it normally, possibly with a mild shampoo.
A true Ayurvedic gem… Brahmi is used in Ayurveda to nourish and prevent hair loss. Massaging the head with Brahmi oil increases blood circulation in the scalp and makes the hair roots stronger. Brahmi oil is used to treat scalp dry and flaky dandruff. Brahmi used as a powder for a mask or as oil can reduce premature graying, hair loss, promote hair density, shine and treat scalp irritation.
Another Ayurvedic hair herb is Bhringraj used in many popular hair oils. It is an amazing remedy for graying. Bhringraj is used to control hair loss, encourage new hair growth, strengthen hair follicles, fight dandruff, improve hair color and texture. It also improves sleep and fights skin allergies. Bhringraj can be used as hair oil or as a powder in hair masks.
Fenugreek or Methi is a well-kept secret in natural medicine for hair growth. Fenugreek or methi prevents hair loss, promotes hair growth, eliminates dandruff and soothes dry, itchy scalp. Methi contains protein, vitamin C, iron, potassium and lecithin, all of which are great for strong hair follicles, improve hair growth and make hair shiny.
Contains many vitamins and minerals, especially vitamins A, K, C, folate, copper, iron, calcium and manganese. Tulsi has many antioxidant properties and improves circulation by increasing blood flow. Tulsi takes care of dry, brittle and damaged hair, fights dry, itchy, graying scalp, strengthens hair and promotes hair growth.
TIP: Apply dried powdered leaves mixed with yogurt for a great hair mask.
One of the most popular herbs in Ayurveda is an amazing hair tonic. Amla can be squeezed or dried in the hair mask. Amla oil is extremely popular in India or Southeast Asian countries as hair oil. Amla contains several vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Amla can prevent hair loss, hair graying, fight dry scalp, dandruff, strengthen hair follicles, and increase circulation, promoting hair growth. Amla possesses anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial properties and has a cooling effect. Amla oil relieves irritation and infections of the scalp. The high nutrient content in Amla increases shine and nourishes the hair.
It is an Ayurvedic herb that can calm the nerves and mind required for strong hair follicles and prevent hair loss. Add Jatamansi powder for hair masks. Jatamansi also promotes relaxing and blissful sleep. Jatamansi is also known to prevent premature graying. Jatamansi oil is available in Ayurvedic stores and almond oil, making it a great hair care product.
In Ayurvedic medicine curry infused oil is very popular for hair growth, strong, shiny, thick hair. Curry leaves soften hair, reduce scalp infections, block premature graying, and have antibacterial effects. It is high in antioxidants such as vitamins A, C, E, folic acid and minerals such as iron.
Southeast Asians use Ritha, or Reetha, as a natural shampoo, cleanser, and conditioner. Ritha helps prevent hair loss, adds volume and shine. Ritha can be used as a totally natural shampoo. Ritha also fights dandruff and dry scalp contains antibacterial, antimicrobial and anti-fungal properties that help fight lice.
TIP: Ritha is available in powdered form, as amla and shikakai (100 grams of each herb) can be boiled in two liters of water. Boil until the water in the saucepan is halved. Water can be used as a shampoo. For dark hair, make a paste with water and equal parts of henna and Ritha.
Shikakai, an Indian word, literally means fruit for the hair and offers numerous specific benefits for hair health. Shikakai is used for hair cleansing, promoting hair growth, preventing dandruff and strengthening hair follicles. Powdered shikakai is generally mixed with water to make a paste and applied to the scalp and hair to use as a conditioner. Shikakai has a low pH level, so when you use it to clean your hair, it doesn’t damage your hair or deprive it of its natural oils.
This is an amazing flower for hair health when used fresh or dried. Hibiscus contains many vitamin C and A, iron and has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antibacterial properties. Making herbal hair masks with hibiscus flower paste or infused hibiscus oil can cure hair loss, dandruff, improve hair shine, hair and promote hair regrowth. Note that both the flower and the leaves can make a paste for a hair mask, but the flowers can contain more than just nutrients. Hibiscus is also known to stop graying.
TIP: Add fenugreek (methi) or yogurt in the same paste for a mask to combat dandruff.
Known and widespread above all as oil, neem oil is the best remedy to combat dandruff, dryness and lice (antimicrobial properties). Neem oil prevents hair loss and promotes hair growth.
TIP: Add powdered neem, tulsi and amla to fight dry hair and eliminate dandruff problems.
Apple cider vinegar has many known benefits for treating hair and scalp. Many people use apple cider to rinse their hair for stronger, shinier hair. Apple cider vinegar is used to prevent split ends, stimulate hair growth, reduce frizz, detangle and clean hair. There are many natural shampoos, hair rinse, or hair mask recipes that use apple cider vinegar. Apple cider vinegar that contains natural culture (also known as mother) is best to use. It has antibacterial, anti-fungal and acetic acid properties, which help balance the pH level of our scalp.
Smelling or aromatic herbs and spices are used in all the kitchens of the world since they are the ones that color, flavor and decorate culinary dishes.
Both herbs and spices were considered treasures in ancient times. In addition to providing flavors and smells, aromatic herbs are the perfect substitute to reduce salt and are good for health since many of them have therapeutic and pharmacological properties.
It is a group of aromatic plants or herbs whose main characteristic is that they are always fresh and generally complete in stem, leaf and occasionally in the root. Some examples are bay leaf, coriander, rosemary or tarragon, among others. They are also freshly cut or almost freshly cut.
The herbs are also often leave a fragrant plant or tree.
Uses in the kitchen: Aromatic herbs are frequently used in cooking to flavor and flavor meats, marinades, sauces, salads, soups, rice and other ** dishes *.
The term spices refer to the hard parts such as seeds, barks or roots, and even to aromatic but dry herbs. They can be pulverized, chopped or complete, because in this way, they are better preserved.
Uses in the Kitchen: The way you use spices when cooking differs somewhat from aromatic herbs. Usually, spices need a little fat to develop their flavor and fully spread in our dish. However, you have to be very careful, as they can burn easily if left at high temperatures too long.
The herbs are often the fragrant leaves of a plant or tree, while the term spice is usually applied to the hard parts like seeds, bark or roots of plants.
It is very interesting to know that spices, and aromatic herbs in general, are important ingredients of medicine and, also of magic, which is born from knowing, touching, smelling and feeling them and thereby learning their essence so that it results easier to combine them.
You can find herbs and seeds of the same name, for example, coriander. The leaves of the Coriandrum sativum plant are called coriander. They are an herb. At the same time, the seeds are a spice. So in the kitchen, the herbs are the leaves, while the spices come from the rest of the plant. Botanically, herbs are whole plants that do not have wooden parts like trees and shrubs.
Sage, basil, rosemary, thyme, and bay leaf are some of the most commonly used Mediterranean herbs and that anyone can grow in pots to later enjoy their magical virtues.
Likewise, each region of the world has the herbs and spices that are best adapted to its cuisine, to its own flavors, meats and tastes, such as the case of Mexican cuisine that has very special condiments and that distinguish it in the world. For example, oregano, epazote, coriander, holy leaf (acuyo), avocado leaf, papa, parsley.
Now that you know the differences between herbs and spices, it will be much easier to learn how to use them in the kitchen and incorporate them into your dishes. Now, to enjoy its delicious properties.
A well-known aromatic plant is spearmint, which is often confused with mint. Peppermint can be used to flavor dishes and prepare drinks and cocktails, such as the mojito. But we can also use this herb for therapeutic purposes, taking advantage of its many benefits, and you can also plant peppermint at home. In this article, I explain what the Can i have a peppermint and the properties of peppermint are.
The plant kingdom has very effective anti-pain remedies with few side effects. Medicinal plants are at the origin of drugs such as aspirin or morphine.
The flowers and roots of Arnica montana are used to prepare tinctures and creams to treat bumps, sprains, and cases of arthritis using compresses (soaked in a glass of water with a spoonful of tincture). They should never be applied to wounds. Arnica is also used to make a homeopathic medicine that can be taken at a rate of 4 granules to 30 potencies in traumatic pain. They are taken every two hours a day.
Patients with intense pain, such as cancer patients, can take advantage of the analgesic effect of Cannabis sativa, as long as it is used in the right dose: if it is low, it is not appreciated if it is high, the pain increases. Its action is due to combining the active principles THC (tetrahydrocannabinol, the psychoactive substance) and CBD (cannabidiol). It is advisable to choose a variety with a low THC ratio and high CBD ratio. The most advisable form of administration is by the vaporizer.
Salix Alba contains salicylic acid from which acetylsalicylic acid (aspirin) is made. Compared to the drug, which can cause intestinal bleeding, it is much safer. 240 mg of extract daily is effective in treating low back pain or pain caused by arthritis.
Creams with fluid Capsicum frutescens extract are an almost infallible remedy against musculoskeletal pain. The active ingredient is capsaicin, responsible for the spicy taste of some varieties of pepper. The cream causes an intense burning after application and then there is great pain relief.
Eugenia caryophyllata oilhas a long history of use for the relief of, for example, toothache. Its local application using gauze or cotton swabs is useful after dental extractions. Be careful not to ingest the oil for its exciting and neurotoxic effects.
The Matricaria chamomilla has anti-inflammatory, spasmolytic and analgesic properties that justify the indication of infusion in cases of digestive distress. The active ingredient responsible seems to be chamazulene, present in the oil.
Back and joint pain can be relieved with Harpagophyrum procumbens extract at a dose of 480 mg twice a day. The improvement can be seen after two to six weeks of treatment.
Compared to the use of conventional analgesics and anti-inflammatories, medicinal plants can be a good alternative or, at least, good support.
The best pain reliever is arnica and it is also the most effective anti-inflammatory. It is used to calm joint inflammation, myalgia and dislocations. It relaxes the muscle, reduces inflammation, is rubefacient and activates circulation.
The viburnum and its American relative have salicylic acid and are good support against pain in the neck, back and joints of the hands. They have great anti-inflammatory, analgesic and antirheumatic power.
The most common way to use it is in the decoction of the bark and a lesser extent of the leaves, taking 2 to 3 cups a day. It can also be used topically in liquid extract or tincture.
You can combine them with willow and valerian.
Another great ally, similar in efficacy to clinical anti-inflammatories due to its triple function: strong anti-inflammatory, analgesic and antispasmodic, is devil’s claw. It is recommended, especially in chronic processes, to treat pain in the neck, wrists, fingers, lower back, neuralgia, etc.
The part that is used is the tuber. Take the powder in decoction 3 cups a day, in capsules or in the liquid extract.
The hypericum oil has been shown effective long-term to relieve muscle pain. It should be applied with perseverance with a gentle massage on the painful area.
Cayenne is very effective topically to alleviate neuralgia and pain in muscles, tendons and cervicals. Powders or oleoresin (minimum 8% capsaicin), in the form of cream or ointment or compresses, are the most common applications. It should be used in moderation, as it can irritate sensitive skin.