Body & Fitness

Herbal health

Some of the best cures might be found at the bottom of your garden.

Herbal remedies have been used for centuries to treat a variety of conditions and illnesses. While they may not cure the complaint, they can help to relieve symptoms. For safe and effective treatment, consult a professional herbalist.

**Cancer

**It’s believed some herbs may be able to protect against inflammation – which is thought sometimes to play a part in triggering cancer. Research into animals has shown that turmeric, basil, rosemary, lemongrass, mint and parsley may be anti-carcinogenic.

**Cardiovascular disease

**Eating garlic has been linked with lowering bad cholesterol and triglycerides, as well as the ability to lower blood pressure slightly. It’s also believed to have anti-clotting properties.

Nausea

Pregnant women have been using ginger for generations to relieve morning sickness symptoms, such as vomiting and nausea, and it’s believed it may be able to help other conditions that can make you feel sick.

Digestion

Herbs including coriander, cumin, fennel, mint and garlic have been used for years in traditional remedies to cure digestive disorders.

Diabetes

Ginseng may have an impact on blood sugar levels, helping to reduce the risk of diabetes.

Osteoarthritis

The apparent ability of herbs and spices to reduce inflammation means they may be useful in the treatment of osteoarthritis. Ginger and turmeric, in particular, are being investigated for their impact on this painful illness.

Joint pain

Rosemary is commonly used to treat conditions that cause joint pain, while celery and comfrey are other popular remedies.

Acid reflux

There are a variety of herbs that can relieve the symptom of acid reflux, although they can’t cure it. Chamomile is great for settling the stomach and nerves and can also ease night-time heartburn.

Anxiety

Lemon balm is useful if your anxiety causes digestive problems such as nausea, bloating and stomach pains, while valerian helps you relax and sleep better.

Menopause

A selection of herbs may ease the symptoms of menopause, including black cohosh, ginkgo biloba, ginseng and St John’s Wort.

PMS

Chamomile reduces muscle pain, raspberry leaf helps relieve cramps and evening primrose is good for breast tenderness.

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