Easy & Accessible Medicinal Plants/Foods
Medicinal foods abound and are most likely already a part of your diet! Our weekly trip to the grocery store trip is all the proof we need to believe that medicine from nature doesn’t need to be complicated or expensive. There are endless opportunities to nourish and protect your body at any grocery store but the life-hack lies in just knowing what to look for.
We’ve said it before but words like ‘wellness’ and ‘medicinal’ can feel daunting but we’re here to quiet that stigma (and return the words to their original intent, good feelings and health for everyone) and shine a light on some of the easiest, most approachable foods to boost health and overall wellbeing. The best part: most of these foods / herbs are super affordable depending on the varieties you choose.
To make it simple, we’re highlighting 5 foods and the benefits they provide.
Garlic - If you didn’t know, now you know, Garlic is a superfood! Did you know that one raw, crushed clove of garlic contains the antibiotic equivalent to 100,000 units of penicillin?! Garlic is one of the world’s oldest medicines that contains high levels of Vitamin C, B-6 and important minerals such as selenium, calcium and iron. The health benefits of garlic can be seen throughout the body, working hard to aid the digestive system, lower blood pressure and detox the lymphatic system. Antibiotic, anti-fungal, anti-cancer and anti-viral, Garlic is a one stop shop!
Cilantro - Yup, the versatile herb that is good on pretty much everything is packed with vitamins A, K and C. Like garlic, cilantro also has anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and antioxidant qualities. Cilantro works to remove heavy metals from our blood stream, reduces blood pressure and supports overall heart health. It also works to support various functions in your stomach, spleen, adrenals, thyroid, bladder AND lungs.
Mushrooms - Not the magic kind but the wonders they do for our body is pretty much magical. Important note: Note all mushrooms were created equal! Our go-to at most grocery stores, Shiitake mushrooms (dried or fresh). Traditional Chinese Medicine has used Shiitake mushrooms as Immune support for thousands of years. These mushrooms are extra special as they provide support to our white blood cells, thwarting off illness and providing detox through the body. Shiitake mushrooms also contain vitamin D, which is super rare for non-animal foods. Vitamin D is an essential fat for all humans that helps us absorb calcium. Another mushroom that can likely be found in the supplement section of your grocery store is Reishi. Reishi is also known for its ability to provide immune support, reducing inflammation and interacting with white blood cells in many supportive ways. This mushroom has anti-cancer properties and fights fatigue, depression and anxiety. Reishi can be found in our Good Night formula.
Rosemary - A perennial herb that is often known for its aromatherapy qualities. It may surprise you that Rosemary is actually a tonic to the entire cardiovascular system which works to strengthen your heart beat and increase blood flow through arteries. Rosemary also provides brain support by increasing circulation and reducing inflammation, resulting in a sharper memory and clearer thought process. If you’re feeling sore or deal with chronic pain, the increased circulation that rosemary provides is known to relax sore muscles by reducing inflammation throughout the body. Rosemary essential oil can be found in our Good Day formula.
- Ginger - Long story short, Ginger has superpowers. The medicinal qualities of ginger have been used in Chinese and Indian tonics for thousands of years and today, ginger is one of the most popular condiments in the world. Ginger is most commonly used for overall immune and digestive support, working to thwart off common colds, flu and heal us from things like stomach flu, food poisoning and digestive issues like constipation. The anti-inflammatory compounds in ginger are powerful painkillers which are beneficial to those who experience chronic pain, menstrual pain and headaches. Various other areas of support include: Improved brain function, anti-cancer properties, lowers cholesterol and lowers blood pressure.
And we could go on! Grocery stores and local farmers markets are often overflowing with medicinal foods that can boost our health with little preparation or money. It’s not uncommon that these foods come in many forms and are able to be prepared or consumed in many ways. If you’re not feeling creative, eat the herbs or garlic raw (or juiced) or grab some tea with ginger.