One of the most wondrous areas of nature is that of growing an herb garden. There is also the side advantage that many herbs offer in the form of warding off ailments and illnesses. Add in the fact that growing your own herbs can provide a huge bang for your buck, as many herbs can run on the expensive side.
With that said, there are six herbs that would be beautiful additions to your garden, as well as benefiting you in your overall health.
Reputed to work in reducing anxiety levels as well as aid with sleep, both of which are crucial to overall health. Recent research has shown that a compound contained in the oil of chamomile works to bind to the same receptors that the family of Valium tranquilizers and drugs for anti-anxiety. Chamomile is also known to help with the settling and soothing of an upset stomach, as well as offering relief from menstrual cramps.
During recent research, it was found that a compound by the name of carvacrol, which is contained within oregano, has shown to help in the prevention of inflammation. This, in turn, is believed to assist in the protection against arthritis. Oregano is also high in phenols and flavonoids, which are believed to aid against such chronic diseases as cancer.
Having long been believed to be an effective stomach-soother, with studies having found that it also relieves indigestion in those who suffer from chronic distress. Have the properties of a mild anesthetic peppermint is known to aid in the easing of sore throats. The ingredient of menthol, contained in the peppermint plant, helps in the treatment and easing of both colds and congestion.
Rosemary is more commonly known as the “herb of remembrance.” James Duke, noted herbalist, says that there are more than a dozen antioxidants within rosemary that are known to breakdown acetylcholine. Acetylcholine is the neurotransmitter that works to aid in memory and, according to recent research, may aid in the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease.
Sage is known to offer several health benefits. Among those benefits is the enhancement of memory, particularly in those of the elderly. The herb is also an excellent supplement for Vitamin K and is rich in several antioxidants. Research has shown that sage can serve as a potent antibacterial, with its ability to kill and battle those common pathogens of salmonella and staphylococcus.
In European countries, thyme has multiple uses, including the treatment of coughs, bronchitis, and even asthma. The German health agencies view the properties of thyme as beneficial as a bronchospasmolytic, and expectorant, and an antibacterial. Combined with primula root, thyme proved just as effective as synthetic drugs in treating bronchitis.
The benefits of growing an herb garden are multiple, including the many advantages related to health. Not only are they beneficial to your health, they can also be quite an enjoyable hobby, but that also doesn’t require much time on your part to reap the many benefits.