5 Common Herbs with Big Health Benefits

By Kennadee Riggs, AZFB Communications Intern


Herbs come in many different colors and flavors, usually known for their unique flavors and tastes. But, did you know that they also come with scientific properties that benefit our health in different ways? Here are a few common herbs that are great for both mind and body. 


Ginger has been used for thousands of years to help with gastrointestinal issues and nausea. Not only does it taste delicious on top of sushi, but it is still used today as a supplement for these very things. 


The peppermint leaf is most commonly known to be used for its flavor. However, it is actually proven to work as a natural bronchodilator. It opens up airways and encourages pulmonary health, while its scent works to increase nasal air force as well. It also works as a muscle relaxant due to its element of cooling menthol. 


This herb, commonly associated with Italian food, offers various health benefits to those who consume it. One of these is reducing inflammation. It also alleviates urinary tract pain as well as menstrual cramps. On top of all of this, it strengthens the immune system against infection. 


This well-known herb is often found in apple pie and fall recipes. However, it dates back to ancient times, then being used for embalming and healing ailments. Studies have recently shown in mice that it improves cognitive levels in the brain. 


Turmeric, distinctly known for its vibrant yellow color, is actually a natural anti inflammatory. It also works as an antioxidant. It also has shown to reduce the effects of stress on the body. 


Next time you cook or bake with one of these herbs, keep in mind the good it will do to your body and mind. For more articles like this, check out Fill Your Plate’s blog! 


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