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5 Incredible But Underrated Herbs You Must Know About

Cilantro, mint and basil are some of the universal herbs that the entire world knows about. But there is a huge number of herbal plants in the green sea, which are lesser known. These are also packed with medicinal properties that have been used by the local residents but the world is unaware. Here, discover the medicinal properties of 5 incredible herbs.

Lemon basil

Lemon Basil

Although it finds extensive use in some of the Southeast Asian countries, it is still not popular in the West side.

 It is a good source of omega-3 fatty acids. Volatile oils present in Lemon basil, such as linalool, nerol and citral, have demonstrated antibacterial and antimicrobial properties.

It has moderate levels of beta-carotene and high levels of vitamin K, which are renowned for their anti-inflammatory properties. Lemon Basil is an excellent source of manganese, copper and vitamin C, and contains calcium, folate, iron and magnesium, which are all vital for proper body function.

It finds use for its taste as well as aromatic properties. You can also use it in all sorts of dishes including stew, salads, soups, curries, and baked goods to impart a lemony basil flavor.

Vietnamese Mint

Vietnamese Mint

Actually, it is not related to the mint family at all. In some of the Southeast Asian countries, you can use it interchangeably with mint and coriander.

 Its essential oils contain several compounds for imparting aroma and flavors. These compounds also have anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory properties.

It helps solve digestion issues like flatulence, stomach cramps and indigestion. It has anti-diarrheal actions as well. Due to its anti-inflammatory and astringent nature, Vietnamese Mint is used to treat swellings and skin issues like acne and sores.

Oils which are derived from the leaves are used for their powerful antioxidant properties. This is one of the powerful herbs that can be used against bacteria such as E. coli.

People often add it in salads and summer rolls in huge amounts.

Perilla

Perilla

It belongs to the mint family. It is somewhat popular in Vietnam, Korea, Southern China, Japan and northeastern parts of India.

There are reports that show that perilla lowers the cholesterol level. The seeds work better than the leaves as they extremely efficient in dropping down the LDL levels. This is because it has a superb ratio of healthy fats.

This is also the reason behind it’s ability to reduce the risks of heart diseases. It is also very much friendly for the digestion system.

Because of all the powerful antioxidant properties of Perilla seeds and leaves, the essential oils have a major effect on our dopamine centers in our brain thus helping to make us feel happier. And it also helps to optimize brain function and help with memory. Sounds amazing, right!

It also finds use in adding an extra delicious dimension to salads.

Gingko

Popular herbs: Ginko
Gingko

This is a multi-purpose herb. It is one of the oldest homeopathic plants and a key herb in Chinese medicine. You can dry the leaves to create capsules, tablets, and extracts. Also, after drying you can consume it as a tea.

It is perhaps best-known for its ability to boost brain health. Studies say that gingko can treat patients with mild to moderate dementia, and can slow cognition decline in dementia and Alzheimer’s disease

It is also helpful in treating inflammation, depression, anxiety, and diabetes. It also helps in maintaining good eye health.

Echinacea

popular herbs: Echinacea
Echinacea

This is a herb, which is usually mistaken as a pretty flower that is often seen dotting people’s gardens. But the blooms have been used as medicine for centuries in the form of tea, juice and extract.

The tea is somewhat popular these days in the western countries as well.

It helps fight the flue and controls the blood sugar. Studies show that it reduces inflammation and blood pressure. It also has the ability to fight anxiety attacks and to promote healthy cell growth.

Interestingly, it also helps combat cancer cells.

That concludes our list of the top 5 incredible herbs that you must know about.

Written By,

Neha Kundu

Student, NIFTEM

Also, if you ever wish to grow these herbs at home and because sustainability is important, read our article on hydroponics.

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