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Adding a Few Herbs to Your Daily Diet Can Help Save You Money

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  • by Joseph Priebe|
  • July 8, 2014 |
  • Personal Finance

Growing Fresh Herbs

8 Herbs For Healing

Summertime has a tendency to be rough on the body. Athletics or any outdoor activity can stiffen muscles and joints. Overexposure to the sun will damage your skin. Even the best BBQ can cause you heartburn. CASH 1 Loans made a list of our favorite herbs that could save you hundreds on muscle creams, lotions and antacids.

Garlic

Garlic, sometimes called 'the stinking rose', has been shown to lower blood pressure and improve cholesterol levels. It is also an excellent remedy if you suffer from earaches. It’s active ingredients (germanium, selenium, and sulfur compounds) are naturally toxic to many different pain-causing bacteria.

Peppermint

Peppermint is a natural hybrid cross between water mint and spearmint and has been found in Egyptian pyramids dating back to 1,000 BC. It’s a good source of manganese, copper, and vitamin C. Vitamin C seems to play a role in decreasing colorectal cancer risk. Studies have also shown the ability of peppermint oil to relieve symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, including indigestion, dyspepsia, and colonic muscle spasms.

Ginger

Gingerols may not be the most original name, but these compounds found in ginger prevent the production of pain-triggering hormones. One teaspoon of dried ginger or 2 teaspoons of chopped ginger in your meal each day will relieve muscle and joint stiffness. It’s also a great remedy for nausea and motion sickness.

Dandelion

Dandelions were not always thought of as a weeds. It used to be referred to as a 'common herb' and was used for medicinal properties. The dandelion is rich in nutrients including protein, calcium, iron, Vitamins A & C. Compounds called flavonoids in the dandelion’s leaves and roots may be used to help with high blood pressure, premenstrual symptoms and digestion.

Rosemary

Rosemary, meaning 'sea dew' in Latin, can be used to help alleviate muscle pain, improve memory and boost the immune and circulatory systems. Laboratory studies have shown rosemary to be a rich source of iron, calcium, and dietary fiber and is loaded with antioxidants, which play an important role in neutralizing harmful particles called free radicals.

Neem

Neem, a tree native to India, is regarded as a 'one tree pharmacy' with several medicinal uses and is an integral part of home remedies for the hair and skin. Its oil relieves dry skin and soothes itchy, red, irritated skin. It helps treat fungal infections, lice, dry scalp, dandruff, gingivitis and skin disorders. Neem also has the ability to improve overall skin health by fighting the bacteria that causes pimples and acne.

Parsley

Parsley’s name is derived from the Greek word meaning 'rock celery', which could explain why it’s the most popular herb in the world. It has one of the highest levels of chlorophyll, which can help boost immunity, lower inflammation and clear toxins. Parsley contains two types of components that provide unique health benefits; volatile oils and flavonoids. The oils can help neutralize particular types of carcinogens while flavonoids have been shown to function as antioxidants.

Rose

Rose petals have been traditionally used as a nerve and muscle relaxant, body coolant, and for gastrointestinal problems. If Inhaled from a diffuser, rose oil can be used to soothe allergies or asthma, calm anger, alleviate depression and help with headaches. Rose water is an antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and can be used for all kinds of skin ailments like eczema, psoriasis, and works great for sunburns.

Try some of these natural herbs and let us how they worked for you.

Enjoy the summer and be sure to read our other savings tips and lifestyle articles.

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