Natural plant ingredients such as different herbs and spices are used to make nutritional supplements. While health supplements can give our immune system a solid boost it is in our interest to gain a better insight into just what these active ingredients in the pills we pop are.

What is the difference between herbs and spices?

Herbs are made up of the softer parts of the plant such as the leaves, the flowers and the roots in some cases.While spices are made up of the harder parts of the plant such as the bark, the stem, and the seeds.

There are so many things in your kitchen that are actually medicinal in nature. Of these the most
easily identified are the herbs and spices that you use while cooking. Here are some herbs and spices that have phenomenal healing powers and should be in the health supplements that you should use. You can also just eat them in your food.

Garlic - A huge antiseptic that has a number of uses for the human body. It is an excellent way to
detoxify the system and protect it from infection. It also helps lower blood pressure if eaten raw in the morning.

Cinnamon - Besides colds and coughs cinnamon can be used as a remedy against nausea. If someone is vomiting you can give them some cinnamon powder to help settle their stomach. It is also supposed to help in rheumatism.

Turmeric - It is an antiseptic which can use used to reduce infection levels in the body. Half spoon powdered turmeric in a glass of warm milk at night is an excellent remedy for cold and cough. You can also use it externally as a poultice on the skin to cure cuts and wounds.

Coriander - It was considered an aphrodisiac in ancient Egypt. Today the fresh herb is used to ease migraines and tummy upsets. The seeds are used in detoxification of the body.

Cumin - The seeds can be used to aid indigestion, diarrhea, nausea and even morning sickness in pregnant women. Boiled with water the fluid can be used to relieve colic pain and flatulence in infants. It is a mild antiseptic which helps with colds.

Fennel - The seeds of the plant are good for digestion. They promote the appetite, help intestinal
disorders and ease out colic or abdominal cramps. That's why its a good idea to have some right after a heavy meal.

Oregano - It is a powerful antioxidant and can fight inflammations. It is also good for the heart and has anti cancer properties. Use it as a seasoning on any kind of meat, fish or vegetable dish to gain the protection this herb can offer.

Thyme - Is useful in cough and cold as it is an expectorant. It also is an antiseptic that can be used in treating infections. Specially useful in healing urinary tract infections.
Clove - It is loaded with antioxidant compounds and is high in procyanidin and quercetin. It has a protective effect against heart attack and thrombotic strokes. It is also said to have mild analgesic properties and clove oil is used in the treatment of toothaches.