Did you know that herbs and spices date back thousands of years in history as-as a form of medicine? Herbs and spices can be added to everyday dishes and used to fuel the brain and body. In conjunction with Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month and PTSD Awareness Month We are celebrating June 10th – National Herbs & Spices Day where individuals are asked to recognize the benefits that these beautiful plants have to offer.
Please enjoy this wonderful list of herbs and spices that support brain function and health:
- Ashwagandha: One of the best herbs for promoting mental clarity. It boosts the brain’s memory and helps support the immune system. Considered a nervine, it protects the brain against cell deterioration.
- Common black pepper: excellent for improving brain function and combats headaches. Piperine the compound responsible for peppers taste; is an anti-inflammatory and also aides in the absorption of other nutrients including curcumin found in turmeric.
- Cinnamon: found to be a natural antiviral, antimicrobial immune-boosting spice. Sprinkle a bit in your coffee or cereal to help fight off bacterial infections and make you a bit more alert. Also known to slow the absorption of sugar and considered one of the best foods for type 2 diabetics.
- Cloves: a terrific mental stimulant and aide in reducing oxidative stress.
- Ginkgo biloba: used for cognitive function by promoting blood flow
- Ginseng: used as an anti-inflammatory and reduced levels of beta-amyloids which are associated with Alzheimer’s disease
- Gotu kola: improves blood circulation and memory, balancing all aspects of brain function
- Holy Basil: contains many components that help prevent the brain from further damage if circulation was slowed
- Lemon balm: can be dried and put in a tea to improve cognitive function and reduction of anxiety and insomnia.
- Oregano: fights free radicals and goes excellent on cauliflower pizzas.
- Sage: used for memory enhancement and can be easily sprinkled on turkey or chicken.
- Saffron: can be taken in a pinch for those who suffer from depression
- Tagara: known as Indian Valerian, aides in emotional and nervous conditions.
- Thyme: supports the increase in omega-3 acids, which helps protect the brain from common aging disorders like dementia.
- Tulsi: works by increasing the brain’s oxygen levels and improves circulation.
- Turmeric: used in soups and stews as an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory
- Vacha: which means “Speech”;encourages concentration and better speech practices.
Wanting more information on herbs in Texas, we found this great store and website hosted by Cindy. Located not far from Shiner Texas on your way to Houston. http://www.theherbcottage.com/welcome/.