Lemon Verbena

Lemon verbena (Aloysia tryphilla; also called Lippia citriodora) is a flowering herb originally from South America with, as the name suggests, a citrus flavor. The leaves and flowers release their fragrance when bruised. Milder than other “lemony” herbs, the leaves blend easily into desserts, salad dressings, soups, jams, and drinks. But that’s not where itsContinue reading “Lemon Verbena”

Spearmint

Spearmint (Mentha spicata) is much more than a flavoring agent in mouthwashes or lip balms. The herb increases peristalsis in the digestive tract, making food leave your stomach more quickly. At the same time, it ensures that the peristalsis well controlled so that it doesn’t cause spasms. Spearmint can also help control inflammation, a sideContinue reading “Spearmint”

Shatavari

Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus) owes most of its benefits to a group of compounds called steroidal saponins and flavonoids. It’s most well known for helping balance hormone levels in women, possibly by protecting the ovaries against free radicals. That apart, it protects the stomach lining from corrosive stomach acids and helps increase absorption of nutrients inContinue reading “Shatavari”

Peppermint

Peppermint (Mentha piperita) is a rich reserve of health-bestowing volatile oils, which contain, among other things, menthol and menthone. Peppermint helps relax the stomach and intestinal muscles preventing gas and bloating. It also helps the liver release more bile acids to break down fat better. Peppermint is a rejuvenating herb. It could help keep offContinue reading “Peppermint”

Nutmeg

The warm, rich, and spicy flavor of nutmeg (Myristica fragrans) can boost your appetite. But that’s not all. It also helps boost your mood by interacting with two nerve networks, the serotonergic and the dopaminergic system, and your memory by inhibiting the breakdown of acetylcholine. It reduces the bad LDL cholesterol and fights the reactiveContinue reading “Nutmeg”

Licorice

Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra) is not just a healthy sweetener for your candies. Licorice flavonoids fight reactive molecules called free radicals from damaging nerve cells and inhibit inflammation. Besides deactivating cortisol, the stress hormone, licorice also increases the levels of happiness hormones like dopamine, serotonin, and epinephrine. Licorice is also good for your digestion. It helpsContinue reading “Licorice”

Fenugreek Seeds

Fenugreek seeds (Trigonella foenum-graecum) are rich in healthful fiber, alkaloids, and saponins. The fiber turns into a viscous gel in the small intestine, inhibiting carb-digesting enzymes and reducing the absorption of glucose into the bloodstream. Other chemicals in the seeds help the pancreatic beta cells release more insulin and then nudge carrier molecules called GLUT4Continue reading “Fenugreek Seeds”

Fennel

The seeds of fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) are an oft-used digestive aid. They protect the stomach lining from corrosive acids and scavenge harmful cell-damaging molecules. Fennel may be especially kind to postmenopausal women who have low estrogen since it has an estrogen mimic called anethole which can sit on GABA A receptors and exert a similarContinue reading “Fennel”