What is natural herbal medicine ?

Herbal and natural medicine can be traced back to ancient societies. It entails the use of plants as medicine to cure disease and improve overall health and well-being.

Some herbs contain robust (strong) components and should be used with the same caution as pharmaceutical drugs and this pages are for informational uses only. Indeed, many pharmaceutical drugs are based on synthetic versions of naturally occurring plant chemicals. The foxglove plant, for example, provided the basis for the cardiac medication digitalis.

The 3 best aromatic plants and their health benefits

As well as flavouring our dishes, some aromatic plants have positive effects on our health. Discover the list of these plants, rich in aromas... and benefits.

1. Coriander

Coriander is a healthy and distinct scented herb that is widely produced in Asia, India, and the Orient.

A few freshly chopped coriander leaves provide an amazing foreign flavor to foods such as tagines or goat's cheese!

Coriander leaves have a high percentage of vitamin K in their composition. Coriander benefits intestinal health due to its antispasmodic effects.

2. Thyme

Like rosemary and lavender, thyme is a symbol of Provence, a small, perennial, highly aromatic sub-shrub.

In ancient Egypt, it was used in religious rituals. In Rome, thyme was renowned for its purifying and repellent properties.

Today, thyme is one of the most frequently used herbs in cooking, particularly to flavour meat and grilled meats in summer. It is mainly used for its leaves, which can also be found in the form of an essential oil.

3. Basilic

There are over 150 species of basil and its antibacterial action has been scientifically proven. It is a source of fibre, protein and vitamins A, B and C.

Another interesting property is that it contains large quantities of polyphenols (phenolic acid and flavonoids), which are substances with an antioxidant effect.

After mint (246 mg per 100 g), basil is the second aromatic herb with the highest polyphenol content, at 230 mg per 100 g. The third aromatic herb to contain the most polyphenols is thyme, with 164 mg per 100 g.

These polyphenols trap free radicals, which are produced by highly unstable oxygen molecules. Capturing these atoms or molecules that cause oxidative stress is essential for preserving the integrity of cell membranes. And by extension, to protect the body from cardiovascular disease, premature ageing and a whole range of illnesses including cancer.

Its rich content in magnesium, calcium, copper and iron also means it has an effect on the nervous system.
Basil is used to treat irritability, depression, anxiety and sleep disorders. What benefits these aromatic herbs have to offer!