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”

Green Tea

Green tea, considered a healthy tea worldwide, comes from the Camellia sinensis plant which also yields black and oolong tea. While a small amount of caffeine makes it a gentle pick-me-up, EGCG and L-theanine are the main weapons in its arsenal. The “jitters” characteristic of caffeine can be countered by L-theanine, which increases GABA levelsContinue reading “Green Tea”

Ginger

Ginger (Zingibar officinale) is a crowd-pleaser not only for its characteristic spicy flavor but also the many favors it does the body. It’s known to quell morning sickness and ease motion sickness to some extent. It’s also had as a digestive aid since it increases peristalsis and expels gas. True to its fame as anContinue reading “Ginger”

Eleuthero (Siberian Ginseng)

Eleuthero or siberian ginseng (Eleutherococcus senticosus) was once used by Soviet soldiers to boost energy, possibly because of the herb’s ability to prevent lactic acid build-up. It also helps counter the side effects of stress, like dampened immunity or damaged cells. It nudges your body to produce more immune agents like natural killer cells andContinue reading “Eleuthero (Siberian Ginseng)”

Darjeeling Tea

Tea lovers across the world swear by the flavor of the Darjeeling tea (Camellia sinensis). But flavor’s not the only thing that makes it hot property. Darjeeling tea can make you feel calm and relaxed but also focused and alert at the same time, thanks to its L-theanine content. It increases alpha waves in theContinue reading “Darjeeling Tea”

Cumin

Cumin seeds (Cuminum cyminum) are the old faithful in the world of home remedies for indigestion. They increase the secretion of carbohydrate- and protein-digesting enzymes. Fats are not far behind, either, since the seeds also increase the secretion of fat-digesting bile acids. With a rich iron reserve, coriander can raise the hemoglobin levels in theContinue reading “Cumin”

Black Pepper

The dried ripe berries of Piper nigrum are what you know as black peppercorns. The biggest benefit black pepper gives you is that it makes nutrients from your food more available for utilization. It also improves digestion and increases nutrient absorption, by helping release more digestive enzymes and slowing down the passage of food throughContinue reading “Black Pepper”