In a nutrient depleted and toxic society, one shouldn’t have to highlight the importance of eating greens, a typically nutrient dense food with plenty of cleansing power. However, when comparing their bitter and potent taste profile to more widely accepted foods that are more sweet and bland, greens often get the shaft on the dinner plate.
However, tastes can change and through creative recipes one can get a dramatic increase in their greens intake so they can enjoy the multi-faceted benefits without cringing at the mere thought of them. In fact, greens are very tasty once you become acclimated to their flavor profile.
Although there are plenty of green herbs to choose from, here are 4 powerful ones that can help you create optimal health.
Peppermint is highly aromatic herb, and has been mostly used to relieve various stomach conditions, including indigestion. Due to the menthol content that the peppermint leaves contain, it helps the stomach muscles to relax which can counteract any spasms or feelings of indigestion. It can also help naturally treat other digestive concerns like constipation, diarrhea, bloating, and gas.
Peppermint is also very antimicrobial, antiviral, and high in antioxidants. For these reasons, it has also been shown to be effective in reducing pain, improving respiratory disorders, and combat allergies.
One of the easiest ways to enjoy the benefits of peppermint is through tea, but it can also be infused into the air through essential oils or used in juices and smoothies.
Parsley is considered the world’s most popular garnish. Although many people choose to leave it on the side of their plate, you may want to work it into a variety of dishes in order to actually enjoy its health benefits.
Parsley contains about three times the amount of vitamin C as an orange by volume, is rich in carotenoids (antioxidants), an excellent source of chlorophyll, rich in folic acid, and a powerful diuretic. This allows parsley to be effective in purifying the blood, alkalizing the body, improving immune function, reducing symptoms related to allergies, asthma, bronchitis, and urinary tract infections, improving circulation, and freshening the breath and body.
Parsley is very versatile and can be enjoyed in a wide variety of dishes, and is an excellent addition to any green juice.
Cilantro (also known as coriander) is another bitter herb with a wide variety of uses. This aromatic green herb is loaded with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and phytonutrients. It is also antiseptic, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory. Due to these properties, it has been used successfully to naturally treat digestive disorders, fatigue, heart disease, and autoimmune conditions.
Another very important quality in cilantro is heavy metal chelation. With an abundance of heavy metals like mercury, lead, and aluminum being ingested, absorbed, or put directly into our body, this mighty green herb has taken a lot on its shoulders to help people slowly but surely remove these highly toxic materials out of the body.
Cilantro can also be used in a wide variety of dishes, or can be also juiced as part of a green drink.
Basil is another tasty way to spice up your meal and help you achieve optimal health. Basil has been shown to fight inflammation, protect cells, reduce stress, detox the liver, fight cancer, improve respiratory function, replenish iron, and bolster heart health.
Basil can be used to make pesto, spice up a juice, and add some zip to a variety of Italian dishes like pasta and pizza.
Eating greens is a great way to add some energy to your life, and these 4 powerful green herbs fit the bill. Start to incorporate them regularly into your meals and keep as raw as possible in order to fully enjoy their multitude of benefits.