- Basil. Basil is a fragrant, versatile herb that contains vitamin A and magnesium. Some studies have shown that basil may help control blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes.
- Peppermint. Peppermint, often used in tea, contains manganese, copper, and vitamin C. Studies have found that peppermint may reduce discomfort from indigestion. In addition, some people use it to relieve cold and flu symptoms.
- Rosemary. Rosemary, a delicious addition to grilled meats and vegetables, contains vitamins A, C, and B6, calcium, fiber, and iron. One study found that adding it to a marinade prevented carcinogens (cancer-causing compounds) from forming in grilled meats. Other studies have also found that its fragrance may improve cognition and short-term memory.
- Thyme. Thyme, commonly used in cooking, contains vitamin C, vitamin A, iron, and manganese. However, it also has antibacterial uses; some people use thyme tea to treat upper respiratory conditions like bronchitis and whooping cough.
While herbs can provide many benefits, it’s important to talk to your doctor about any herbs that you are taking medicinally, as some herbs may have unwanted side-effects in people with particular health conditions.
Source: LA Times