Alzheimer’s, arthritis, asthma all helped by herbs
(GEORGIA CUMMINGS, THE EVENING STANDARD) I recently took an introductory course on the importance of our digestive system and self-care, and it’s re-inspired me to have a greater curiosity in the kitchen with plants.
The role of foods is now increasingly recognized in conditions not previously associated with diet: auto-immune disorders like rheumatoid arthritis or multiple sclerosis; mood and behavior problems including depression; degenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s and arthritis; allergic conditions including asthma and eczema.
Inflammation underlies these and most chronic diseases like obesity, heart disease, and cancer. We can modify these destructive inflammatory responses by the kinds of food we eat. Common problems like heartburn, indigestion, and constipation can be managed with understanding how to use foods, herbs and spices in self-care.
Here are some common digestive herbs to try, along with their health benefits:
Ginger is warming and calming to the digestion, anti-nausea, and antimicrobial to many common stomach bugs. Warms cold hands and feet.
Fennel can also help relieve bloating and is stimulating to the liver. It expels upper respiratory catarrh, is an eyewash for conjunctivitis and has a balancing estrogenic action.
Caraway is a supreme herb for the digestive system, easing stomach cramps and nausea.
Cinnamon is a warming stimulant to appetite and circulation. Antiviral, antibacterial and anti fungal. Helps reduce blood sugar and ulcer causing Helicobacter pylori. READ THE FULL ARTICLE AT THE EVENING STANDARD