We’ve talked all about superfoods (who hasn’t?!) but not much has been said about superherbs? Medical herbs and also spices can be equally as healing and beneficial.
Its inevitable. We’ve made it through 3/4 of a school year without any sickness, but alas today my daughter is home from school with a fever.
Although I feel like we’re luckier than most with our infrequency of illness, its bound to show up at your door at some point. And before you reach for the medicine cabinet, some herbs from your spice rack might be as beneficial—and perhaps even more so—than your standard go-tos.
Take for instance, oregano. Oregano is recognized as a superherb, known for its potent anti-carcinogenic, anti-inflammatory, and immune-boosting qualities. If you’re feeling a cold or fever coming on, reach for oregano oil or oregano capsules as the herb can help boost your defenses. The oil itself can kill bacteria, plus its also good for healing overall gut health. We like this oil and this capsule.
Feeling a headache coming on? Turn to turmeric. One of our favorite herbs for cooking, turmeric has numerous health benefits revolving around its anti-inflammatory powers. Make a turmeric latte with turmeric steeped in almond or coconut milk, honey, and cinnamon, or try a refreshing turmeric smoothie.
Feeling sore or achy? Try arnica. This superherb is wonderful for muscle and joint pain and soreness, as well as swelling and bruises. You can apply arnica in a lotion or oil, or you can take it in its capsule form. We also like this blend: Kiss My Cramp, which also includes dandelion, calendula, comfrey and plantain.
Speaking of cramps. Before you reach for Midol, or another glass of red wine (guilty!), try calendula tea. This herb, known more for its sedative powers, also helps loosen tense muscles.
With her love of health and writing, Melissa has written for such publications as Shape, Natural Solutions, Yoga Journal, Self and Pilates Style, and has created recipes and food-oriented stories for such publications as Delicious Living and Cooking Light.