Why spend money in pills of all sorts when food is the best medicine for minor illnesses or recurrent complaints? Not that we wish to undermine the importance and frequent need for an adequate medical treatment but it is true that we tend to underestimate the healing properties of medicinal herbs and spices.
This computer graph of Super Herbal Foods illustrates the surprising medicinal uses of ten fresh herbs and spices widely used in the kitchen.
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Eucalyptus decongests the chest and helps expel mucous. What’s more, tannins are anti inflammatory and relieve sore throats.
Pairings: white beans, potatoes, polenta, apples
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OREGANO. Two spoonfuls of fresh oregano each day, help women who suffer from menstrual pain. In fact, this herb relaxes the uterine muscles and prevents painful spasms.
Pairings: mushrooms, tomatoes, olives, pumpkin
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MINT. Menthol works wonders for intestinal spasms. Studies show that it can reduce pain by 40%.
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