Inflammation is truly a major root cause of all chronic health issues
Did you know that the average American is dealing with systemic inflammation on a daily basis.
Recently it was discovered that the majority (>75%) when tested came back with positive inflammatory markers on blood exam-including heart inflammation, organ and blood inflammation. While it is common, it’s not normal and you can reduce and address it naturally by adding more anti-inflammatory herbs and foods to your diet.
Ashwagandhais a powerful anti-inflammatory herb that can aid in the reduction cortisol in the body which helps offset negative effects of stress. By reducing inflammation, Ashwagandha also lowers blood sugar levels, soothe anxiety, restores adrenal fatigue and boosts the immune system. Studies also shows that the herb may help fight against direct skin inflammation. Ashwagandha is available as a supplement and tea. It’s most well-known for its ability to reduce stress and anxiety, and it’s also found in many blended organ supplements.
Calendulais one of the strongest anti-inflammatory herbs often used to make tinctures, compresses, teas and creams. (It’s the main ingredient in Thera cream, one of Dr. Ernst’s therapeutic products.) It’s mostly applied topically to reduce inflammation and provide powerful antioxidants to the skin, but can be taken orally. The power comes from its high concentration of linoleic acid content, which studies suggest is a natural remedy for issues like dermatitis, ulcers, sore throat and diaper rash. Calendula can also used for fighting off active infections and promoting overall oral health.
This common Mexican dish herb is packed with incredible antioxidants, specifically quercetin. When consumed helps settle digestive issues, reduce oxidative stress and promote detoxification of heavy metals and toxins. It can be juiced and consumed directly or via the seeds of the cilantro plant, coriander spice which has exceptional anti-inflammatory properties found to reduce likelihood of overall disease and even cancer. Both fresh cilantro and coriander spice can be used in your cooking or taken as herbal supplements.
Fenugreek is another powerful anti-inflammatory herb with many benefits for digestive and cardiovascular health. It has been shown to reduce inflammation of the stomach(acid reflux, ulcers, upset stomach) and has been shown to improve other conditions like bronchitis, chronic cough and metabolic disorders. Fenugreekis often in supplemental form as tinctures, capsules or powders. Fenugreek tea is also available, and topical creams are available for skin and hair.
Licorice root is an adaptogenic herb used for centuries due to its anti-inflammatory properties. It’s mostly known for gastrointestinal issues, coughs and colds, and heartburn. Studies indicate that its power comes from the ultra high flavonoid content, in addition to naturally occurring coumarins and stilbenoids.
This Italian herb is actually a descendant of mint! It has been considered a healing plant for over 2,500 years in Asian/Indian medicine and the list of oregano benefits is too long to list fully here. It is most known for its antibacterial properties (stronger than most prescriptive antibiotics) and has been shown to treat respiratory issues, ease indigestion and also fight viral/parasitic infections. Essential oils of oregano are strong extracts which can combat arthritis, atherosclerosis, diabetes, cholesterol and at other chronic conditions.
Parsley is more than a garnish—it has impressive active compounds, including phenolic compounds, antioxidant flavonoids, carotenoids and raw ascorbic acid. Studies show that parsley works to promote health by preventing oxidative stress-related diseases. Together with cilantro/coriander it is known as a powerful detoxifier for the liver and heavy metals.
Rosemary is an herb that, like oregano, also belongs to the mint family! It’s commonly used in cooking, but the essential oils of rosemary are known to be therapeutic. The herb has been shown to boost memory and focus and can also be used topically to relieve pain and even stimulate hair growth! Studies show that rosemary extract can even significantly reduce brain inflammation while boosting cognitive health with its antioxidant compounds.