Behold the power of nature!  Many herbs or medicinal plants have been used for thousands of years dating back to the ancient times.  Herbs are a well-known addition in cooking and an essential part of many culinary dishes.  Many do not know the health benefits from consuming herbs, nor are people aware of the extensive amount of research behind herbs or medicinal plants.  Research shows that consuming some herbs can have a positive effect on your health.  When choosing between fresh or dried herbs, the fresh herbs are always the best choice because the herb is in its most powerful natural form.   Six medicinal plants to mention that may help with blood sugar regulation, improve mood, boost the immune system, promote cardiovascular health and help fight disease, are listed below:

Manage blood sugar: Cinnamon

Cinnamon can help your cells take in sugar and use insulin better.  Cinnamon is also helpful in improving cardiovascular health.

Boost mood: Saffron

This reddish-yellow herb contains certain elements that can help to reduce anxiety and depression. It is also being used in some weight loss studies.

Boost mood: John’s Wort

One cannot fail to mention St. John’s Wort when talking about medicinal plants and mood.    Historically, this herb has been used to treat mental disorders, nerve pain, and has been used as a sedative. Today, it is frequently used to treat mild to moderate depression, anxiety and sleep disorders.

Better the immune system: Turmeric

Turmeric is a common ingredient used in many curry dishes.  This herb adds a yellow color to the food.  It contains curcumin, which studies suggest is a key component to fight inflammation and is a powerful booster of the immune system.

Support cardiovascular health: Garlic

The medicinal benefits of garlic have long been established and proven clinically.  It is referred to as the “healthy heart” food, by the  Ingesting garlic has been shown to slow arterial hardening, reduce blood pressure and acts as a blood thinner. Garlic raises the protective HDL cholesterol, while it lowers harmful LDL cholesterol and triglycerides.

Fight Disease: Echinacea

Echinacea, or the purple coneflower, is a native species in the United States.  Years of research have proven Echinacea’s value for aiding the immune system and fighting disease.   Echinacea enhances the part of the immune system that consumes and eliminates invading organisms and foreign particles.

Herbs or medicinal plants have been used for thousands of years to treat a wealth of medical conditions. In herbal therapy, the roots, the flower, the berries, the stems and the leaves of certain plants can be crushed, dried, steeped into a tea or made into tinctures to medicate patients. Please note, even medicinal plants or herbs can cause adverse reactions. Consult with your doctor before taking any herbs or medicinal plants.