15 Nov 2017

What Is the Best Superherbs?

Unlike spices, aromatic herbs are often used fresh and do not need any processing. We select the top 5 of these herbs to tell you how you can take advantage of these (super) ingredients.

1. Basil, the natural remedy against acne

Yes, Italian cuisine has made this herb one of the best known, but not only, but also in countries like India, where it is widely used in medicine. It has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties.

-It is especially beneficial for acne, thanks to its bactericidal power. How can you take advantage of it? Using, for example, as a tonic a cold infusion of basil.

-It is also useful for dandruff problems: you can make a liquefy of the leaves in coconut oil, with it, you massage the area, leave it for about ten minutes and wash your hair.

-You can use it in case of mosquito bites; it can help you avoid them, in addition to soothing itching and inflammation. Just apply or scrub some leaves on top of the bits.

-Finally, they are also an alternative to reduce stress, in this case, chewing some leaves of basil in the most stressful or most anxious peaks.

2. Thyme, the great antioxidant in the pantry

It is one of the most common aromatic herbs, which we have used for many years, in fact, the Egyptians already used it to embalm the mummies and the Greeks in the incense. Currently, it seems essential in some Mediterranean dishes, but in addition to using it in the kitchen has other beneficial actions for health.

- One of the components responsible for its actions is thymol, disinfectant, and antispasmodic properties, as well as healing and expectorant. It has a high content of vitamin C, copper, iron and manganese.

-They also emphasize its antioxidant properties, thanks to its phenolic components (lutein, zeaxanthin, and timonine), used to capture free radicals.

- Maybe you did not know another of its uses, in mouth rinses, to help us avoid the problems of pyorrhea and other oral infections. You have to prepare a concentrated infusion of thyme.

-And finally, it helps to improve the mood, thanks to its high content of vitamin B6.

3. Nettle, depurative and diuretic

Yes, we flee from it when we are in the field to avoid the inevitable irritation by contact with the skin, but the truth is that we are facing one of the herbs with more benefits for our health and our beauty. Used since ancient Greece, its use is widespread in the Anglo-Saxon culture, especially in the Austrian. Some of the components that it contains and that are beneficial are the formic acid (it is one of the causes of the pitting in the skin when touching them), the histamine and the acetylcholine.

-One of its most known properties is its antiallergic capacity, both in cases of local allergies as well as those of spring allergy or pollen since it blocks the histamine receptors. It is usually recommended in homeopathy in the form of granules, used a few drops of essential oil applied to wrists, clavicles and other points specifically active in aromatherapy.

-It has a significant anti-inflammatory and analgesic action, especially in those cases of joint problems, due to the passage of age, such as osteoarthritis.

-The nettle also has a high depurative and diuretic power, because it helps eliminate toxins. For this, it can be taken after being cooked. Being diuretic it helps lower blood pressure

4. Parsley to erase dark circles

This herb is traditional of the Mediterranean, in fact, Galen and Hippocrates already mentioned it in its writings, and it is used so much in kitchen and industry, as in medicine and beauty. "It is, perhaps, one of the biggest superweeds," Meritxell Martí tells us. Its vitamin C content gives it high antioxidant capacity, vitamin K improves the problem of blood coagulation, and also stands out for its high content of calcium, potassium, iron, boron, and fluoride. And besides, we must not forget its high content in fiber and especially in chlorophyll, the culprit of the intense green color of parsley and responsible for its antiseptic and depurative actions.

-Diuretic and depurative, you can take the cooking water from the parsley. Thanks to vitamin K is a great help for women who suffer menstrual pain and is also an excellent hormonal regulator in menopause.

-Yes, parsley can become an excellent ally to reduce dark circles. How? Using the cooking water of parsley impregnated in compresses and applying them in the eyes.

-Other of its benefits are at the digestive level. It can be taken as an infusion, but also, eating or chewing the leaves of parsley helps to reduce the problem of flatulence and body odor, as well as bad breath.

5. Centella Asiatica, the most 'antiaging' of herbs

Perhaps the most exotic of all the herbs of which we speak, of Asian origin and widely used in traditional Hindu medicine, Ayurvedic medicine, and traditional Chinese medicine. It is also known as Gotu Kola.

The primary and active components of this herb -very used in cosmetics- are saponins, but also calcium, potassium, phosphorus, beta-carotene, ascorbic acid, and riboflavin, among others.

-We know the properties of this herb on the skin, as a stimulant of blood supply, but it also stimulates the production of collagen and fibroblasts. Among its uses, its healing action on the skin stands out.

-With a tremendous regenerative capacity of the skin, it is not only beneficial in scars, but also in burns, stretch marks, psoriasis, and dermatitis. It is usually included in many creams and lotions.

-It is used to improve meditation in lovers of practices such as yoga, and, in fact, it is considered as a spiritual herb, because they say that it helps to improve the chakra that brings the central energy in the center of the head. Ayurvedic medicine also considers it the most antiaging of herbs, enhancing the immune system and helping to improve sleep.

-Improve memory, cognitive functions, mood, and is used as anti-stress or anti-anxiety. Meritxell explains that the simplest thing is to take it in the form of capsules.