7 Great Medicinal or Beneficial Herbs, Spices, and Plants

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Dandelion:

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Culinary use:

Flower Can be used raw in salad or sautéed with butter.

Stem Can be used in salads, pesto, smoothies or sautéed.

Root Can be powdered and used in small amounts in stew or soups.

Medicinal: Stems and root are rich in minerals. Considered useful in aiding liver in detoxification and also helpful for digestion.

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Lemon Balm:

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Culinary: Use raw leaves and flowers in salads, smoothies as a garnish or cook in soups, stew, on fish or stuffed grape leaves, serve as an herbal tea.

Medicinal: A calming herb, known to aid in anxiety with cooling affects

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Turmeric:

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Culinary: Use cooked in soups, sauces, stews, as a tea

Medicinal: Useful to increase blood circulation. Aids in digestion. Promotes healing by eradicating inflammation. Promotes digestions by its warming nature

Hoffmann, D. (1998). The Herbal Handbook: a user’s guide to medical herbalism. Inner Traditions/Bear & Co.

Peppermint:

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Mint leaves. Closeup of fresh green mint leaves.

Culinary: Use as garnish, tea

Medicinal: Temporarily inhibits mucus, antispasmodic, anti-flatulent, stimulates bile and digestive juices to aid in digestion, helps aid in overcoming nausea (including in pregnancy and travel sickness), eases anxiety, tension, etc.

Hoffmann, D. (1998). The Herbal Handbook: a user’s guide to medical herbalism. Inner Traditions/Bear & Co.

Cinnamon:

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Culinary: Use as a spice, tea

Medicinal: aids in digestion, stimulate the heart, strong antiseptic, aids in decreasing inflammation, potentially aids in- oxidative stress, weight loss, insulin resistance, cholesterol, blood pressure

Hoffmann, D. (1998). The Herbal Handbook: a user’s guide to medical herbalism. Inner Traditions/Bear & Co.

Cilantro (Coriander):

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Culinary: cut up fresh plant or grind seeds for seasoning

Medicinal: herb promotes flow of bile, heavy metal detox from body (bones, teeth muscle tissue, central nervous system), helps alleviate headaches, potential anti-cancer, anti-fungal, anti-inflammation effects.

Hoffmann, D. (1998). The Herbal Handbook: a user’s guide to medical herbalism. Inner Traditions/Bear & Co.

Parsley:

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Culinary: leaves used as a garnish or culinary herb.

Medicinal: Diuretic-relieving the body of excess water, stimulating the menstrual process, easing flatulence and colic pains. (Caution: Do not use as a medicinal application during pregnancy)

Hoffmann, D. (1998). The Herbal Handbook: a user’s guide to medical herbalism. Inner Traditions/Bear & Co.

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