We often use herbs in various preparations for their flavor. But what we overlook is their medicinal properties or we are simply ignorant about them. We use them as herbs, but essential oils extracted from them are often used for treating some serious diseases and ailments. Some of these herbs are parsley, celery, rosemary, basil, thyme, etc. If we take a look at them then we can find out what gems we use in our daily life.
Basil is often used for flavoring foods, especially in the tomato based ones like pasta and vegetables. But it is a very good alternative medicine for treatment of ailments like flu, fever, colds, nausea, indigestion, acne, cramps and also for treating skin infections. Externally it can be used for treating insect bites.
Celery is a plant no part of which goes unused. Apart from using the shoot, its root and oil extracts are also used for various purposes. It is an effective toner, blood pressure reducer, indigestion reliever, has diuretic and anti-inflammatory properties and is an aphrodisiac too. Externally celery is used to treat fungal infections and resist tumor growth. The essential oil of celery can cleanse kidney and spleen and can also dissolve the crystal formation in joints in cases of gout, rheumatism and arthritis.
There are so many preparations that use parsley, that it is difficult to name a few. Though parsley is used mainly for culinary purposes, it has medicinal values too. This aromatic herb is a diuretic that reduces inflammation, relaxes spasms and clears toxins from the body. It is often used for menstrual complaints and is known to prevent kidney stones. The leaves can relieve some types of itching when used externally on the affected area.
Rosemary is an aromatic herb that is used in cooking. But this herb also has restorative and astringent properties. It is a tonic and relaxes spasms. It is good for improving digestion and blood circulation. This herb has anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties and is an antioxidant.
Thyme is an aromatic herb that has anti-fungal, anti-septic and astringent properties. It helps in relaxing spasms as well as improving digestion. It is also good for controlling coughing. When used externally, thyme can provide relief in rheumatism and arthritis, fight fungal infections, gum diseases and is also a good hair tonic.