The regular herbs that we use in our kitchen are full of many health benefits. From everyday health issues to chronic medical conditions, spices and herbs have always been a significant part of our lives. Most of the herbs contain a compound called polyphenols, which has antioxidant properties and helps in reducing any inflammation and lowering blood sugar in people who are diabetic. Many of these herbs are also used in food as spices and seasonings for their flavor and taste.
Cardamom is an aromatic and medicinal herb. Cardamoms have a mild sweet smell and are used in food to enhance its aroma. It is also used as a spice in various types of cuisines around the world. The seeds are also used in medicinal preparation and are helpful in various health ailments like IBS, improving appetite, intestinal problems, acidity and heartburn, constipation, liver problems as well as gallbladder issues  . It works by improving the movement and digestion of food. It is also effective for throat and mouth infection, soreness and inflammation, bronchitis, and other throat problems. Cardamom also has diuretic properties and is used to cause urination.
The barks of cinnamon are used as a spice in cuisines and desserts. However, it has also been used since ages as a medicinal herb, especially for preparing traditional medicines. Cassia cinnamon, a variety of cinnamon may be beneficial for a diabetic patient as it is effective in reducing the level of sugar in blood . However, the benefits are not conclusive.
Clove is another herb known for its medicinal and culinary properties. Almost all the parts of the plant like the dried buds, stems and leaves are used to prepare medicine. However, dried buds are used in food due to its aroma and taste. Clove oil is extensively used as a home remedy for many ailments. It works as an expectorant and is one of the core ingredients of ayurvedic medicines for common cold and cough. Clove is a natural pain killer. It stops bad breath and provides relief from toothache in a few minutes. It can also be applied to the gums to stop pain and inflammation.Clove is also beneficial if you have an upset stomach. It is effective against diarrhea, gas formation, nausea as well as hernia  . It is also an effective home remedy for premature ejaculation.
4. White Mustard
White mustard is an herb that is used for its medicinal values and condiments. The seeds are used to make medicine. It is beneficial for oral health and is used to clear the voice and ensure oral heath by reducing the chances of viral, bacterial or any other infection as well as common cold and cough, bronchitis and congestion in the chest  . It is also effective against medical conditions related to bones, joints and muscles like osteoarthritis, rheumatism, joint pain and back pain. Grind a generous amount of white mustard seeds with a little water to get a smooth paste. Apply it on the affected area, which will provide relief from pain and inflammation. White mustard is used to induce urination which helps in reducing water retention in the body. It can also be used to enhance appetite and improve the taste of the mouth.
Caraway is an ancient herb and is known for its medicinal values and healing properties. Both the fruit and its seeds are used to prepare medicines. Oil extracted from caraway is also an effective home remedy for many health issues. It improves digestion, provides relief from acidity and heartburn removes spasms and also induces bowel movement to relieve constipation. It provides protection against viral, bacterial and fungal infection by destroying them  . It is effective against urinary problems as it helps in controlling urination. Caraway is used by women to induce menstruation and provide relief from menstrual pain and cramps. It enhances the flow of breast milk in nursing mothers. Caraway is used in cooking as a culinary spice. Due to its fragrance, caraway is extensively being used in mouthwashes and other personal care products like soaps, toothpastes as well as in cosmetic and herbal products.
Turmeric is a culinary spice and herb which is also known for its immense health benefits and medicinal properties. It can be ingested through the mouth as well as can be applied externally, depending on the nature of ailment. It also has antiseptic, anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal as well as antioxidant properties  . The core vital nutrients present in turmeric are various types of minerals, fiber, carbohydrates and protein. It contains a substance called curcumin, for which, it is considered to be effective in reducing the chances of cancer. Turmeric is also used as a natural painkiller to reduce inflammation caused from rheumatoid arthritis and pain in the body due to sports and physical activities. When added in food, it adds yellow color to it and works as an antiseptic and antioxidant. Turmeric is also beneficial for the skin and is used in beauty products as it protects the skin against germs that causes acne and skin diseases. It also has skin lightening properties and imparts fairness. Adding a small amount of turmeric in your daily diet helps in combating diseases and improves immunity and overall health. You can apply raw turmeric paste or add organic turmeric powder mixed with ingredients like milk, honey or other homemade face packs to get a healthy and glowing skin.
7. Holy Basil
Holy basil or tulsi is being used in the preparation of ayurvedic medicines. It is also considered to be a sacred plant and is being worshiped by the Hindus. It is a powerful antioxidant and all the parts of the plant, including the stems, leaves and seeds are used to prepare medicines. Holy basil is a natural expectorant and is extensively being used as a home remedy for common cold, cough, bronchitis, headache and earache, influenza, swine flu, fever, asthma, diabetes, viral hepatitis and malaria  . It is
also a stress buster. Drinking tulsi based herbal drinks help in relieving stress. Other ailments of holy basil are mercury poisoning, countering snake and scorpion bites, tuberculosis, ringworm and working as a mosquito repellent. Holy basil also improves life expectancy rate.