Body strengthening herbs

Are there herbs tonic for the body? In addition to the benefits of herbs in enhancing the flavors of foods without adding any calories, they provide a number of health benefits to humans; This includes strengthening the immune system, thus reducing the chance of developing diseases and infections, and helping to fight viruses and bacteria that cause diseases, and it can be taken naturally, or in the form of nutritional supplements under the supervision of a doctor, and it is also recommended to consult a doctor before taking it naturally or supplements in case of illness or commitment. Take certain medications.


Holy basil

Holy basil (Holy Basil), also known as Tulsi, helps boost the immune system in healthy, non-diseased people, according to a pilot study on healthy volunteers, published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology in 2011.

Holy Basil


How to use holy basil

Holy basil extract is available as a nutritional supplement in the form of pills or capsules, where the dose ranges from 300-2000 mg per day for the prevention of diseases in general, while the therapeutic dose includes 600-1800 mg, which is taken in several doses during the day, where all parts of the herb can be used on As follows:

  • Distillation of essential oil from the leaves and flowers of the herb.
  • Prepare holy basil tea using dried leaves, flowers, or leaf powder, by putting 2-3 teaspoons of holy basil in a cup of boiling water, and then letting it steep for 5-6 minutes until it is well soaked.
  • Basil leaves have a spicy flavour. It is commonly used in cooking, and it can also be eaten raw, bearing in mind that it has a bitter taste.


Disadvantages of using holy basil

It should be known that the Food and Drug Administration does not monitor the quality, purity, and effectiveness of all natural herbs and nutritional supplements, and therefore a number of caveats related to the use of holy basil must be taken into account, including the following: There are not enough studies to prove the safety of using this herb for the following categories:

  • infants.
  • children.
  • pregnant women.
  • lactating women.


Avoid buying holy basil from an unreliable source, as this may cause high toxicity, as this herb must be grown in an unpolluted environment.



Rosemary

Rosemary may help boost the immune system, according to a research review published in the journal Phytotherapy Research in 2020. But it remains to be done further studies in humans to prove this.

Rosemary


How to use rosemary

  • It is possible to add rosemary herb to the daily diet, and ways to add it are the following:
  • Add a few sprigs of rosemary to the chicken and beef as it cooks. 
  • To make rosemary tea, fresh rosemary leaves are boiled in water. Add it while cooking grilled vegetables.
  • Eat rosemary with potatoes. Add fresh or dried rosemary to pasta dishes.
  • Prepare the rosemary mixture with butter and eat it with bread.
  • For a refreshing drink, rosemary can be added to lemon juice.


Disadvantages of using rosemary

Rosemary is considered a safe herb when consumed in small amounts, but high doses of this herb for long periods may cause very dangerous side effects, which include the following:

  • vomiting;
  • convulsions;
  • coma.
  • Fluid accumulation in the lungs and pulmonary edema.
  • Pregnant women should avoid taking any nutritional supplement containing rosemary, as high therapeutic doses may cause miscarriage.


Ginger

Ginger helps fight infections and boost the immune system, according to a 2013 research review published in the International Journal of Preventive Medicine.


How to use ginger

Ginger is available in the form of spices, tea, extract, tablets or capsules to be taken orally, and it can also be used fresh, pressed or prepared in the form of tea, and the ways to use this herb are as follows:

  1. Put slices of ginger under the tongue, in order to relieve bouts of nausea.
  2. Ginger essential oil is used for aromatherapy (aromatherapy).
  3. Use topical ointments containing ginger for massage purposes.


Disadvantages of using ginger

The Food and Drug Administration indicates that ginger is safe when added to the diet, however it does not support the use of this herb as a medicine or dietary supplement, researchers have not verified the degree of effectiveness and safety of all compounds in ginger, and scientific evidence does not prove all of its healing properties. Therefore, a number of caveats must be taken into account, including the following:

  • Ginger supplements may interact with some medications a person is taking.
  • Eating ginger can cause a number of health complications.


Fenugreek

Fenugreek may help boost immunity in humans, but more research and studies on humans are still needed to prove this.


How to use Fenugreek 

Fenugreek is found in many nutritional supplements, and the therapeutic dose depends on the type of supplement and the desired purpose of taking it, and therefore there is no single therapeutic dose, and it is recommended to consult a doctor before taking fenugreek supplements to find out the appropriate dosage for the situation, especially if the person has a health problem or is taking certain medications. .


Contraindications to the use of Fenugreek 

Fenugreek is safe for those who are in good health, however, care should be taken not to take it in high therapeutic doses, especially if it is consumed as dietary supplements, as the warnings related to this herb include the following:

  • Fenugreek may cause side effects such as diarrhea and indigestion.
  • Some suffer from decreased appetite, and therefore the fenugreek is not suitable for those who want to gain weight or have eating disorders.
  • Fenugreek may cause an unpleasant body odor, especially when consumed as a dietary supplement.
  • Caution should be exercised when used by people with diabetes, or people who take other supplements that cause hypoglycemia, as fenugreek affects blood sugar.


Turmeric

The potent healing properties of turmeric can boost the function of the human immune system, according to a study published in the 2018 Molecules Journal.


How to use turmeric

Turmeric is one of the spices with multiple uses. It can be added to meals as follows:

  • Add it to barbecue mixes, or spice mixes that include curries.
  • Prepare a homemade marinade, by adding an amount of oil, vinegar and spices; which contain turmeric.


Contraindications to the use of turmeric

Despite its therapeutic properties, turmeric may cause a range of risks for some if taken in high doses, so a set of caveats must be taken into account, which include the following:

  • Turmeric stimulates the stomach to produce a large amount of acid, and thus may cause stomach upset.
  • Turmeric has anticoagulant properties, so it should be avoided by people who take blood thinners such as warfarin.
  • Turmeric stimulates contractions and the start of labor, and therefore pregnant women should avoid taking this herb in high doses before delivery.


Mint

Peppermint helps fight oxidative stress and boost immune system function, according to a 2016 study in mice published in the Iranian Journal of Applied Animal Science.


How to use mint

Mint tea can be prepared at home, by following these steps:

  • Add 2 cups of water to a bowl.
  • Leave the water on the fire until it boils. Take about 4-5 mint leaves and add them to the water.
  • Cover the bowl and soak the leaves for 5 minutes.
  • Filter the tea into a cup.


Disadvantages of using mint

People with the following diseases should avoid taking mint in large therapeutic doses:

  • Diabetics, because mint increases the risk of low blood sugar.
  • Hiatal hernia.
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease.



Resources:
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