In our last post, we discussed the daily benefits of aloe vera, lavender and calendula. Building on the theme of day-to-day uses for popular flora and fauna, we have another three plants to discuss today. Cilantro is a frequently used spice that is good for so much more than adding flavor to your food. Thyme is another herb you can use to make seriously tasty foods, but you can also use thyme in other ways that benefit your health. Mint is commonly known for reducing bad breath and bringing about feelings of freshness, and there are reasons why you should consider for daily use. Keep reading to find out how cilantro, thyme and mint can benefit you in your day-to-day life.
Cilantro is one of the most popular herbs for adding spice to different dishes. This spice originated in the Mediterranean, but is used worldwide. Keep cilantro in your home to:
- Improve Digestion – Proper digestive health is important to your overall health, and cilantro can help aid digestion. Cilantro stimulates the production of digestive enzymes that make the digestion process smoother, and the dietary fiber in cilantro is helpful in moving food through the digestive system. It is also reported that when eaten, cilantro can help reduce flatulence and improve liver function.
- Detox Your Body – Cilantro is known to bind to heavy metals in the body, and is able to aid the body in its natural process of detoxification. This ability makes cilantro the perfect pairing for seafood, which can increase the risk of mercury poisoning. Additionally, cilantro has antioxidant properties that fight free radical damage.
- Lower Blood Pressure – The high mineral content of cilantro is useful for lowering your blood pressure. Cilantro provides the body with potassium, calcium, iron and manganese, and it is the potassium in particular that helps control blood pressure and maintain heart rate.
Thyme is a sometimes overlooked herb, but there are several reasons you will want to take a second look at it. Use thyme to:
- Boost Your Mood – Thyme essential oil is frequently used for therapeutic purposes and this scent can improve your mood. One of the active substances in thyme is carvacrol, which was shown to affect neuronal activity in a 2013 study. Put a little bit of thyme essential oil in a diffuser and use daily for boosted moods.
- Improve Immunity – The next time you feel a cold coming on, grab some thyme. Thyme is packed with vitamins A and C and helps your body fight off illnesses. In addition, a combination of thyme and ivy leaves have been used to stop coughing. If you find yourself dealing with a cough and a sore, scratchy throat, try drinking some thyme tea.
- Fight Acne – Although there is only preliminary evidence that thyme can help combat acne, the findings have been pretty encouraging and impressive. Thyme has strong antibacterial properties which is part of what researchers believe makes thyme such a good choice for acne-prone skin.
There are so many different kinds of mint, but peppermint and spearmint are probably the two most common types of mint used. Mint can help:
- Treat Skin – Mint has a cooling and soothing sensation when applied topically and it can help treat minor cuts, burns and other skin irritations. Mint can also be used in the treatment of acne, because of the naturally high salicylic acid content found in mint.
- Care for Your Mouth – A trip down the toothpaste aisle indicates that mint is super popular as a flavoring and ingredient, and there are more reasons than it being a great breath freshener. Mint is germicidal and it also reduces the amount of bacteria growth in the mouth. Crushed mint leaves have a natural whitening effect on your teeth, which is one of the reasons why mint is so prevalent in toothpaste.
- Ease Headaches – Mint essential oil is an incredible thing to keep on hand with you at all times because it helps boost your mood, but also because it has the ability to relieve headaches. Just take a whiff of mint essential oil or place a drop or two behind your ears for headache relief. You can also drink mint tea, or in a pinch simply suck on a peppermint to ease tension in your body and help cure a headache.
Cilantro, thyme and mint are all incredible plants that offer a variety of health benefits. Consider keeping these plants in your home, stocking up on tea that uses these beneficial ingredients, or invest in some quality essential oils. Use cilantro, thyme and mint to improve your moods, your skin and your overall health.