Did you Know that Certain Herbs contain a Substance called Glycosides which act as a Natural Antibiotic?
Herbs have been used medicinally for centuries to treat a range of health conditions – from inflammation, bowel complaints, ‘diseases of the limbs’, and ‘diseases of the skin’.
For thousands of years, our ancestors realized the powerful capabilities herbs carried.
A Ebers Papyrus dated back to 1550 BCE from ancient Egypt depicted a ‘prescription’ for Cannabis sativa (marijuana) applied topically for inflammation. Which is a whole other discussion for another day…
Herbs contain a bountiful supply of goodies. From volatile oils, vitamins, and minerals; to tannins, glycosides, flavonoids, saponins, and terpenes.
Flavonoid Glycosides are antibacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, and anti-fungal – well, basically anything that needs targeting, this will do the job.
And the presence of saponins enhances the biological action even further with its antimicrobial, insecticidal, anti-inflammatory and anti-tumour activities.
Tannins and terpenes have something in common – they are responsible for the aroma of certain substances; however, they also have therapeutic properties. Tannins are actually antioxidants – polyphenols that can slow or prevent oxidation from free radicals. While terpenes can actually bind to receptors in the brain, enhancing the effects of other compounds, known as the entourage effect.
Let’s take a look at 7 herbs that contain good concentrations of these important compounds.
There you have it. These 8 herbs are pretty impressive, and not only do they enhance your health, they also enhance the flavour of teas, meat, and stews. My favourite? A handful of rosemary sprigs stuffed into slow-cooked lamb, or add thyme to practically any savoury dish to spruce up the flavour!