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Don’t Sleep on the Health Properties of Herbs

Herbs sure can make your dishes delicious, but don’t sleep on their nutritional and health benefits. Some of them prevent cancer and brittle bones, while others fight off the common cold and the ache of arthritis. Dig into this treasure trove:

Basil. Steeped as a tea, this herb is packed with cortisol-reducing compounds that can calm your mind, or eat it and watch its high iron levels increase your energy levels. When applied topically, it has anti-aging properties and can prevent several skin conditions. Alleviate inflammatory conditions, such as arthritis, by eating it regularly.

Chives. Boost your brain health and your eyesight, while lowering blood pressure and cholesterol. Make your immune system stronger, while making your digestive system happier.

Dill. A tablespoon of seeds contains more calcium than one-third cup of milk. Seeds and leaves can replace your mouthwash as a breath freshener, as well as calm both your brain and your body. Steep the mashed seeds into a gut-benefiting tea.

Oregano. This herb contains high levels of omega-3 fatty acids, which boost heart health, and compounds though to prevent breast cancer. Brew it into tea to promote healthy liver function, or apply it topically as an anti-bacterial.

Parsley. Steep the roots into a tea and help reduce fluid retention. High concentrations of calcium in parsley can help prevent osteoporosis.

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Peppermint. When brewed into a tea, peppermint can unclog nasal congestion and reduce nausea. It is also known to ease indigestion and, applied topically, to control acne and lessen pain.

Rosemary. Brew it into a tea to freshen breath. Smell the oil in aromatherapy and increase memory or reduce migraine symptoms.

Sage. Used in aromatherapy, sage can aid in focus. With powerful anti-inflammatory properties, sage tea can ease arthritis and psoriasis, as well as soothe a sore throat.

Thyme. This herb contains a wealth of vitamins that promote eye health, relaxation and a healthier immune system. The high levels of potassium and iron contribute to a healthier heart when part of your regular diet.

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