information about  natural herbs





 Herbs are defined as some types of plants or the leafy parts of plants, and they are usually used because of their distinct flavor or smell, or in order to obtain their healing properties, and they can be used fresh or dried in cooking and other things, as for other parts of the plant; Like chamomile flowers, clove buds, cinnamon bark, turmeric roots, cumin seeds, black pepper, or stems of some flowers such as saffron and other parts of plants that are usually used dried; It is not considered an herb, but rather a spice, and the coriander plant is a familiar example of that. Where the leaves are used as herbs, and the dried seeds as spices.


 Benefits of natural herbs


 Fresh herbs are among the foods that are recommended to be included in the diet and to increase their consumption. This is because it has health benefits that surpass other foods, as it contains large amounts of vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin K, and many of them also contain some plant compounds that have anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory capabilities; They are known as polyphenols, and because these compounds are only present in plant foods; A diet rich in plants may contribute to reducing the body's risk of many health problems, and on the other hand, herbs can add flavor to food and reduce the use of some unhealthy ingredients. Like added fat, salt, or sugar.


Some common herbs and their benefits The following is a mention of some commonly used herbs and their benefits:



 Rosemary:

Rosemary belongs to the Lamiaceae family, and is a rich source of antioxidants and anti-inflammatories. It can help improve blood circulation and strengthen the immune system, and is also a good source of calcium, iron and vitamin B6.


 Basil:

 Basil also belongs to the oral family, and it is worth noting that it has many types, and the scientific name Ocimum Basilicum is specifically given to one of the types of basil commonly used in cooking, and basil can provide the body with many health properties and beneficial plant compounds. As an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory.


 Thyme:

 The thyme plant is one of the small evergreen and perennial shrubs, scientifically known as Thymus Vulgaris, and belongs to the oral family as well, [8] and thyme has strong anti-microbial properties such as bacteria and fungi, and it is also believed to have anti-insect properties. =


 Sagebrush:

 Sagebrush, which is scientifically known as Salvia Officinalis, belongs to the same family to which the previous herbs belong, which is the oral family, and its leaves are usually used to prepare sage tea, in addition to being one of the herbs used in cooking, on the other hand There are claims that sage tea may help relieve some health conditions. Where sage leaves are a rich source of many antioxidants; Such as ellagic acid, and the Rosmarinic Acid, which is also found in rosemary and basil.


Natural herbal supplements


 Herbal supplements are nutritional supplements that contain one or more types of natural herbs, and are sold in a variety of forms. Such as tablets, capsules, tea, extracts, or powders, or in the form of a fresh or dried plant, and it is worth noting that consuming herbs in their natural form is better than taking nutritional supplements that contain them, unless doctors recommend otherwise. It should be noted that there is no or low governmental oversight, in addition to the lack of regulation regarding nutritional supplements. It makes the contents of these supplements not guaranteed, as they may contain unhealthy additives, or contain a lesser amount than written on them, and some supplements can interfere with some medications or cause harmful effects, so it is advisable to consult a doctor before taking any of these supplements. It is also advised not to exceed the recommended dose, and pregnant and breastfeeding women should avoid using herbal supplements unless advised by the doctor. For children, the doctor should be consulted before using any alternative health methods, and asked about their effectiveness or the risks that they could cause to the child.


 Harmful weeds

 Herbal remedies, like other medicines, can lead to some complications or side effects. Such as digestive problems, abdominal disorders, gas, diarrhea, or heartburn, in addition to liver problems or sleep problems, and as mentioned previously, the lack of adequate regulation of these treatments by the Food and Drug Administration has led to a lack of reliable information about Its safety, and the difference in its quality from one product to another and the ingredients it actually contains,  but according to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, turmeric, green tea and ginger are generally safe substances, but this does not exclude the possibility of these herbs being in conflict with some medicines; For example, green tea can interact with nadolol and other drugs in the group called beta-blockers.

Therefore, it is important to inform the doctor about the herbal remedies used to help prevent any conflict between medicines and herbs. 

 What is the best way to use herbs 

the best way to get the health benefits of herbs by eating them fresh; Where fresh herbs contain greater amounts of antioxidants compared to dried or made from them, and in the event that fresh herbs are added to food, it is preferable to add them after finishing cooking or upon serving; This is to maintain its healthy properties, and adding it with spices to dishes and vegetarian options can increase food appetite.

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