Aromatic herbs: these are the 4 herbs useful for health

 

It’s finally spring and our gardens and window sills are filled with aromatic herbs, good in the kitchen and excellent natural remedies to keep us healthy.

Sage

The name comes from the Latin word “save” (save, heal) and refers to the many healing properties of this plant. It was already known by the ancient Egyptians, who used it as a remedy against female infertility, while the Greeks Dioscorides and Hippocrates also recommended its use in wounds. The leaves, from which infusions and decoctions can be obtained, have anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and antibacterial properties of the oral cavity.

Rosemary

This plant, which grows spontaneously on the Mediterranean coast, is one of the most cultivated in pots. In ancient times it was used not only to relieve stomach upset, but also to purify the air in temples where, according to Apuleius, the Egyptians and Romans burned it before the custom of using incense spread. It is used in the form of essential oil as a bactericide and carminative. It lowers cholesterol and, according to a recent study by the Department of Nutrition Sciences at the University of Illinois, rosemary (along with oregano) would also be able to fight type 2 diabetes like synthetic drugs.

Basil

Its name recalls royalty: in fact, the Latins Pliny and Horace cite it for its regal scent. Originally from India and Africa, it was then taken to the most temperate areas of Europe, where the leaves are used, collected especially in summer, at the height of flowering. In the form of essential oil it stimulates appetite and digestion, and applied to the skin after a sting of an insect it soothes itching.

Thyme

Even the use of thyme is very old: the Egyptians used it in the embalming of corpses and the Etruscans, cultivated it for its varied properties. The name derives from the Greek thymos (soul, vital principle). Prepared in infusion, decoction or tincture mother, is used to treat respiratory infections, coughing, asthma, bronchitis. It has an antiviral action. It should be avoided, however, in case of hypertension.

The use of thyme is also very old: the Egyptians used it in the embalming of corpses and the Etruscans, they cultivated it for its varied properties. The name derives from the Greek thymos (soul, vital principle). Prepared in infusion, decoction or tincture mother, is used to treat respiratory infections, coughing, asthma, bronchitis. It has an antiviral action. It should be avoided, however, in case of hypertension.