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Milk Thistle and Other Special Herbs

Milk thistle (scientifically known as Silybum marianum) has been used as a medicine since early Greco-Roman time. Milk thistle seed extract has been used for supporting the liver in detoxifying the blood. It also increases the flow of gastric juices relieving dyspepsia, indigestion and headaches associated with detoxification organ congestion. Silymarin also seems to protect the liver from Xenobiotic injury by altering the outer layer of cell membranes to prevent toxin penetration and enhances the synthesis of RNA and proteins in liver cells leading to cell regeneration

Milk thistle is also useful as an antioxidant by inhibiting superoxide radical production, hydrogen peroxide production, and oxidative stress from high glucose concentrations.

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PEPPERMINT SPICE

This herb is a cross between two types of mint: water mint and spearmint. It was used by Ancient Greeks, Romans, and Egyptians as medicine thousands of years ago. The peppermint leaf comes in tea, capsules or extract. While peppermint oil comes in capsules and liquids. It is used either by applying it topically or by taking it orally. Although be aware that to take more than a few undiluted drops could be toxic.

One of the main uses for peppermint has to treat the symptoms of IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), such as helping with stomach pains. It can also relieve nausea, vomiting and flatulence in the stomach and intestines.

Some other known uses for peppermint oil is as a solution to apply on your forehead that can lessen the pain of migraine and tension headaches. The menthol in peppermint can open up the airways making it easier for you to breath. The anti-bacterial properties of peppermint can get rid of the smell of bad breath and keep bacteria from forming a film on your teeth, and its antimicrobial properties do help to fight off the common cold. Scientists tested peppermint oil on bacteria like E. Coli, listeria, and salmonella. They found that it can stop all three from growing as well as kill staphylococcus aureus, a bacterium that causes skin infections, pneumonia, meningitis, and more. Another study shows that capsules of peppermint oil helped people process problems longer without the mental tiredness. The herbs sharp smell may also help your memory and alertness.

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ROSEMARY SPICE

Rosemary is grown throughout the world but originated in the Mediterranean and thrives in warm, sunny environment. Rosemary branches and leaves are used to cook. Rosemary has provided a unique aroma in many kitchens over the years. It is used as seasoning to flavor meats like lamb, chicken, pork, salmon, and tuna; as well as tomato sauces and a variety of soups. It is a good supply of calcium and nutritional fiber.

Rosemary also has a variety of medicinal uses. It may be used to maintain the immune system, help with digestion, and has anti-inflammatory compounds that may help reduce the severity of asthma attacks. Rosemary also improves the blood stream to the brain for memory and concentration. Rosemary has also been used to stimulate hair growth, but the study is unfinished and not totally proven.

Lastly, this spice can be made into a natural pesticide, the base made with rosemary oil for organic gardening. Safe to use around kids and pets. However, rosemary oil can be poisonous if used orally. Expecting and nursing women should stay away from rosemary supplements, although it is considered safe to consume it as a seasoning in food. As with all supplements it is always recommended that you speak with your physician about any possible interactions.

Deborah Wilson July 2020

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Sources: Webmd.com

Gardingknowhow.com/edible/herbs/mint/growing-peppermint-plant.htm

Slideshare.net/ovitruk/rosemary-benefits

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