Adding herbs and spices to your food may do more than make a meal tasty - it may help keep you healthy. Potent plant compounds in herbs like cinnamon and rosemary have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial actions that scientists suggest might help do everything from normalize blood glucose levels and protect the heart to improve mood and boost brain function - even repel cancer cells. Research is preliminary, but showing positive results.
Herbal remedies have been around for centuries. There are 5 basic systems of medicinal herbalism.
- 1. Chinese Ayurvedic (meaning Life and Knowledge)
- 2. Indian
- 3. Egyptian-Greco-Roman (the 1500 BC Egyptian Ebers papyrus is the oldest surviving medical text)
- 4. Arab (first modern pharmacists)
- 5. Native American
You'll see these referred to as you read through the herbal information.
To read more about herbs in general, visit our About Herbs page.