Herbs, Seeds and Spices


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Food can be used not only to prevent illnesses, but also to treat them and the great advantage of using food as medicine is that food is available to all of us. So, let’s enhancing our body’s natural functions by using, not only more fruits and vegetables (always in season), but also by using more herbs and spices.

ANISEED SEEDS have antispasmodic properties and act as a stimulant to the heart, respiratory and digestive systems. Aniseed seeds are diuretic and help to promote digestion and bile’s flow. Aniseed seeds are recommended for nursing mothers.

BASIL, the popular Mediterranean herb, has antispasmodic and antiseptic properties and it helps in gout. Basil is a tonic for the nervous system and helps in anxiety, insomnia, migraine and mental fatigue. Basil also helps in abdominal cramps, colic and intestinal infections.

BAY LEAVES have antiseptic, stimulant and antispasmodic properties and helps in dyspepsia, flatulence and period pain.

BORAGE has depurative, diuretic, laxative properties  and promotes the elimination of toxins and it helps in bronchitis.

CHAMOMILE is an anti-inflammatory herb with calming properties. Chamomile stimulates liver’s function and regulates bile’s flow. Chamomile is recommended in colic, diarrhoea, indigestion, IBS, insomnia, neuralgia and period pain.

CHIVE is antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, diuretic and prevents tumour; chive lowers cholesterol and prevents blood clots formation.

CHILLIES, green, red, yellow, are recommended in circulatory problems, such as chilblains and are good in colds, diarrhoea and flatulence. Avoid excessive use of chillies, as they may cause inflammation of stomach and intestines.

CINNAMON is an antispasmodic and antibacterial and improves the function of  the respiratory and cardiovascular systems and stimulates digestion. Cinnamon is used in colds and influenza.

CLOVE is a powerful antiseptic with a slight anaesthetic action. Clove may prevent intestinal infections and is good in cold and influenza.

CUMIN is recommended in poor digestion; cumin has sedative and carminative properties and it is recommended in nursing mothers.

DILL is good in abdominal cramp, colic, period pain and irregular periods. Dill is recommended for nursing mothers, as its aromatic compounds pass into breast milk, enhancing its flavour.

ELDERFLOWERS have anti-inflammatory properties, are diuretic, promote detoxification, stimulate bile’s flow, promote perspiration and are useful in colds and influenza. Elderflowers also help to advance skin eruptions in chicken pox, measles and scarlet fever.

FENNEL SEEDS are tonic and diuretic and help to regulate menstruation. Fennel seeds are good in abdominal pain, colic, nausea, morning sickness, poor appetite and digestion, bloating and flatulence. Fennel seeds promote the elimination of uric acid.

GINGER stimulates the appetite, has antiseptic and tonic properties and it is recommended in morning sickness, colds and influenza.

HORSERADISH has antispasmodic properties, promotes bile’s flow and is recommended in rheumatoid arthritis, gout, bronchitis, colds and coughs.

LEMON BALM / MELISSA has tonic and antispasmodic properties and help in indigestion, anxiety, insomnia and neuralgia, especially in children.

LIME FLOWERS have antispasmodic and sedative properties (for adults and children) and help to prevent cardiovascular problems.

MINT is a stimulant for the nervous system, with antispasmodic, analgesic and antiseptic properties. Mint is recommended in palpitations, neuralgia, mental fatigue, colitis, IBS, morning sickness, bronchitis and asthma.

NUTMEG is an antiseptic for the digestive system, has analgesic properties, stimulates the brain and the nervous system and it is recommended in diarrhoea and poor digestion.

OREGANO and MARJORAM both are bactericides, expectorants and digestive system’s stimulants. Oregano and Marjoram are recommended in abdominal pain, bronchitis, colds, influenza and they are natural remedies for ear, nose, throat and lung infections.

PARSLEY has diuretic, depurative, tonic and laxative properties; parsley stimulates appetite and liver’s function, regulates bile’s flow and it is lungs’ antiseptic. Parsley is recommended in anaemia, dyspepsia and flatulence.

PEPPERCORNS are good for digestive (diarrhoea, dyspepsia) and circulatory problems (chilblains), as they stimulate the heart and peripheral circulation. They are good for colds and influenza, but excessive consumption may aggravate stomach’s and intestines’ inflammation.

ROSEMARY is diuretic, promotes perspiration, stimulates bile’s flow, improves digestion and it is an antiseptic for lungs and the digestive system. Rosemary is recommended in gout, colitis, diarrhoea, IBS, asthma, headache, colds, influenza.

SAGE is a general stimulant, a tonic for the digestive system and it is recommended  in irregular periods and in menopausal symptoms.

SAFFRON has calming and antispasmodic properties and it is recommended in dyspepsia and in period pain.

THYME is a powerful antibacterial and an antiseptic for throat, lungs and digestive system; thyme may improve poor circulation and it is recommended in rheumatism, intestinal parasites, bronchitis, cough, cystitis, colds and influenza.

All the above is for information only.

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