5) Black Cumin
7) Pomegranate of Power
Nature’s Pharmacy Full of Miracles: Medicinal Herbs
Plants that have benefits for human life thanks to any chemical components, vitamins or minerals in their content are defined as medicinal plants. In order for these plants to be beneficial against diseases, the amount of consumption and the way they are consumed are of great importance. The use of medicinal plants in the treatment of diseases is almost as old as human history. However, it should be remembered that medicinal plants do not completely cure any disease and should never be used instead of drugs.
Medicinal plants and their benefits can only support the treatment or prevention of an ailment or disease. At the same time, not every medicinal plant is recommended for every disease. In this context, it is an important issue to know exactly which medicinal plants and their names and which diseases they are good for. Another important issue is that people with chronic and serious diseases or those who take medication should consult their doctor before using medicinal plants.
Ginger, which is one of the first plants that come to mind when it comes to the list of medicinal plants, is a South-Asian origin, fragrant and flavorful plant. Containing antioxidant components, vitamins, minerals and aromatic essential oils, ginger is among the most widely used medicinal plants due to its appetizing, metabolism-accelerating and immune system-enhancing effects.
It is also useful against digestive system disorders such as nausea, diarrhea, constipation, bloating, gas, stomach and stomach pain. It strengthens the immune system and protects the body against colds such as flu and cold. It prevents the formation of cancer cells and prevents the proliferation of the formed cells.
Ginger, which has made a name for itself with its blood sugar-lowering effect and positive effects against muscle pain caused by joint diseases, can be used as a spice in meals as well as consumed in the form of tea.
Turmeric, also known as Indian saffron, is one of the ancient medicinal herbs. In addition to vitamins C and B6, ginger, which contains minerals such as manganese, iron and potassium, and antioxidant components, is very rich in nutritional value.
The plant, which can be consumed as a spice in meals and in the form of tea, is used as a flavoring in the foo industry, as well as in care and cosmetic products due to its effects on skin health.
Curcumin, the active component of ginger, prevents the formation of cancer cells and prevents the proliferation of the formed cells. In addition to digestive system disorders such as heartburn, stomach pain, Chrohn’s Disease, constipation, it is beneficial against gallbladder diseases and high cholesterol. Turmeric, which stands out with its effect on reducing the risk of heart diseases, is effective in the prevention and treatment of inflammatory diseases thanks to its antioxidant properties. It prevents the development of diseases such as depression, dementia, chronic fatigue and Alzheimer’s. It also shortens the healing process of infections such as wounds and burns.
Linden, which is one of the most frequently used plants in winter days, is a fragrant and aromatic plant that can be used by drying both tea and flowers and has been known for its benefits to human health for centuries.
Tea prepared with flowers and leaves is mixed with lemon, honey or other herbs and consumed hot.
Linden, which contains vitamins, minerals or aromatic essential oils, has antioxidant properties. The plant, which accelerates the elimination of toxins from the body and strengthens the immune system, is a traditional treatment method for colds, pharyngitis and cough. In addition to preventing throat irritations, it has anti-inflammatory, diuretic and pain-relieving properties. In addition, linden, which has a soothing feature, supports the body against stress and plays an important role in maintaining sleep patterns. The plant, which increases the rate of metabolism, ensures the removal of excess water from the body by providing sweating.
Sage, which has a unique aroma and a soft and sweet flavor, is a plant with thousands of years of history. Sage, which grows in all countries with Mediterranean coasts, can be consumed fresh or dried in the form of tea.
The plant, which contains substances such as cineole, pinene and borneol, which are known as ether oils, and oleanol acid, asparagine, flavone, irsol acid, fumoric acid, resin, tannin and glycoside, draws attention with its antioxidant properties. Sage, which is also used as a flavoring for dishes, is also used in sauces prepared for resting meats.
The plant, which has positive effects on the digestive system, is effective in preventing indigestion. Linden, which is good for menstrual irregularities and menstrual pain, plays an active role in the treatment of skin fungi in the body with its antifungal effect. It supports the removal of toxins from the body and relieves headaches that develop due to nerves. It is effective in the treatment of colds thanks to its expectorant, sore throat and cough suppressant effects. It supports the treatment of mouth sores and also has a preventive effect on urinary tract infections, gall bladder and liver diseases.
5) Black Cumin
Black granulated seeds of black cumin, one of the medicinal plants used all over the world, are generally used as a spice in pastries. In addition, the oil prepared using the seeds of black cumin can be drunk or applied to the skin externally.
Black cumin, which contains health-beneficial chemical components such as thymoquinone, thymol and thymohydroquinone, is rich in essential oils. In addition to these, it contains selenium, zinc, magnesium, calcium, iron minerals and niacin, folic acid, vitamins B6, B2 and B1.
Black cumin, which has a high antioxidant content, is very effective in the treatment of some cancer diseases, liver and kidney diseases, rheumatic diseases, hypertension and diabetes. The plant, which is also used in drug production, supports the treatment of allergic rhinitis. It relieves allergy symptoms such as swelling of the nasal passages, sneezing, runny nose and nasal congestion. It plays a supportive role in the treatment of asthma, bronchitis, epilepsy and Alzheimer’s disease.
Jujube, also known as unnap, innabi or cigde, is a very useful plant with a thin skin in brown-red tones and resembling an olive. It can be consumed raw as well as dried or made into jam.
Jujube, a low-calorie fruit, helps to lose weight. Jujube, which contains high levels of vitamins C and A, strengthens the immune system and protects the body against diseases. Thanks to the vitamin B3 in its content, the fruit, which regulates blood circulation, supports the healthy functioning of the nervous system functions.
It is a powerful antioxidant, and thanks to this feature, it plays an important role in the treatment of liver diseases. It also supports the regular functioning of the digestive system in maintaining skin health. Jujube containing calcium and magnesium is important for bone and muscle development. Jujube, which contains a high amount of potassium, helps to prevent the risk of heart attack by protecting the health of the heart and blood vessels.
7) Pomegranate of Power
The mighty pomegranate, a tropical plant that grows in Africa, Asia, South America, the Caribbean Islands and the Amazon, is grown in the Mediterranean and Marmara Regions of our country. When the power pomegranate, which has a rough and green outer surface, is cut, its red seeds come out from its den.
It can be consumed by removing the seeds, crushing the fresh and mature form and mixing it with honey. The potency pomegranate put in olive oil is closed and kept in a glass jar for 6 months, out of the sun. The stored potency pomegranate is consumed with a teaspoon of honey, especially in the morning, on an empty stomach. The mixture, which can also be applied externally to wounds, cuts and burns, shortens the treatment time.
The potency pomegranate mixture, which plays an important role in the healing of uterine and vaginal wounds, especially in women, is also very effective in the treatment of skin diseases such as eczema and psoriasis. The food that strengthens the immune system with antioxidant content is remarkable with its antibiotic effect. It prevents the formation of cancer cells and prevents stomach problems such as gastritis and ulcers.
Garlic, originating from Central Asia, is one of the most widely grown plants in our country. Garlic, which has a unique aroma and flavor, plays a supportive role in the treatment of many diseases and general health thanks to its antibiotic properties.
There are oil, capsules and powder of the plant, which can be consumed fresh or dried in powder form as a flavoring to the meals. In addition to its antioxidant vitamin and mineral content, garlic, which has benefits for the body thanks to its aromatic oils, is especially protective against cardiovascular diseases and prevents the risk of heart attack. It strengthens the immune system and increases the body’s resistance to diseases.
Garlic, which prevents the formation of cancer cells and prevents the proliferation of the formed cells, protects the body against other types of cancer, especially colon cancer. It delays aging by regenerating skin cells and regulates blood sugar. It plays an important role in the regulation of brain functions and supports the treatment of diseases such as Alzheimer’s. Garlic, which helps to remove intestinal parasites from the body, is also effective on sexual performance.
Fennel, a medicinal herb dating back to ancient times, can be dried and consumed as a spice in meals or in the form of tea. The plant, which contains high levels of phosphorus, magnesium, potassium, calcium and sodium minerals, is also rich in vitamins A and C.
Fennel, a plant rich in flavone components and essential oils, is used in the cosmetics and pharmaceutical industries. Playing an important role in the treatment of digestive system disorders such as constipation, gas, bloating and some skin diseases, fennel is also very effective in regulating blood pressure.
The plant, which is also recommended to increase milk in nursing mothers, also regulates blood circulation thanks to its high potassium content. Fennel, which helps to remove excess water from the body with its diuretic feature, also removes toxins from the body. Vitamin A in its content is very useful for those who have vision problems. Regular consumption of fennel makes the skin look more lively and smooth thanks to its zinc, selenium and calcium content.
Cinnamon, which dates back to ancient Egypt and is used as a medicinal plant due to its health benefits, is one of the most admired herbs for its unique aroma and flavor. It can be consumed by brewing in the form of tea, or it can be used as a flavoring by adding to meals and desserts.
Cinnamon, which has a strong polyphenol content, is a rich source of iron, magnesium, calcium, potassium, manganese minerals and vitamins K, C, A, E and B6. Thanks to its antioxidant properties, it strengthens the body’s immune system and has a protective effect against diseases.
It is effective against fungal infections and prevents the formation of cancer cells. It increases the metabolic rate and helps to lose weight. It ensures the removal of toxins and excess water in the body. It also plays an effective role in bone development and protects the body against cardiovascular diseases. It is effective in preventing menstrual cramps and regulates nervous system functions.