You Are What You Eat | Herbs with Health Benefits

You Are What You Eat | Herbs with Health Benefits

You are what you eat. We know this saying well. And really, it makes sense! Food can cause negative effects (eating too much junk food — hello, donut shop!), or it can actually make you feel good, yielding positive effects on your mind and body. We’re diving into wellness with five herbs that are good for you, and highlighting their healing properties.

Turmeric: If you’re a fan of curry, turmeric spice is what gives curry its yellow color. In fact, it can also be used as a natural alternative to chemical dyes. A vibrant herb, turmeric is potent. One of the main things it’s known for having is a natural anti-inflammatory property. It contains a chemical called curcumin, which may reduce swelling, helping your body to protect itself from damage. From fish to chicken, there’s no limit to the healthy dishes you can cook with this flavorful herb! 

Garlic: Consuming garlic is a great way to help boost your immune system. Something we tend to think of during cold and flu season, boosting our immunity has been the topic of conversation, especially this year. Not only does garlic help keep your body’s defenses up, according to Healthline, garlic is highly nutritious, known to decrease blood pressure, and can reduce cholesterol. Side bar, keep mints (or a mint leaf) handy! 

Chamomile: Chamomile is a floral plant, and it’s typically dried and steeped in hot water. Chamomile has a variety of benefits, including the thought that it improves the health of your skin, and even possibly reduces anxiety. You’re probably familiar with the practice of making a nice cup of chamomile tea at the end of the day, to inspire relaxation; the familiar flavor, the warmth, the comfort. There’s some evidence that chamomile tea may improve the quality of your sleep. So, if you’ve tossed and turned a lot lately, this may be your remedy! Grab your fave mug, some chamomile tea, and enjoy a more restful night!

Dill: Love the tangy taste of dill? Maybe you sometimes crave dill pickles, cucumber salad with dill, or even baked salmon with dill garnish — so many options! Healthline cites antioxidants as a stand-out property of dill. Not only does that mean dill may be helpful in reducing inflammation in the body, research suggests it may be helpful in keeping your heart and mind healthy, as well! 

Bilberry: Hailing from Northern Europe, nutrient-rich bilberries (which resemble and are related to blueberries) have a number of benefits. They are a good source of fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. From the possibility of helping your vision, to the idea that they may help fight inflammation in the body, bilberries are small, but mighty. Research suggests they may help with brain function, heart health, and maybe even lowering blood sugar levels. A sweet fruit treat, bilberries are the perfect healthy snack when you’re trying not to reach for the junk! 

With so many herbs and other healthy foods available, there are different ways to make the right choices for your wellbeing. From boosting our immune systems to avoiding chronic pain and inflammation, it’s easy to choose well, to stay well.

NOTE: Always seek information from a physician or other qualified healthcare provider.