New Year, New You? If your New Year’s Resolution is to take better care of your body and mind, then these are the health-boosting herbs you need to start adding to your diet! Whether your goal is to boost your metabolism, lose weight, heal your gut, or improve your mental health, herbs can help with that.
How to Start Adding Health-Boosting Herbs to Your Diet
Herbs for Metabolism: Cayenne and Fenugreek
Cayenne contains capsaicin, which is what gives it heat. That heat, when ingested, can raise your body temperature and rev up your metabolism. It can also cause you to sweat more during workouts, so you burn more calories and release extra toxins.
Fenugreek helps reduce your appetite and binge eating. It’s also high in fiber, which is good for digestive health and lasting fullness. You can cook with both herbs to spice up recipes or add to tea. Cayenne added to hot tea will really get you going!
Herbs for Weight Loss: Ashwagandha and Yerba Mate
Ashwagandha and Yerba Mate both have many amazing health benefits, one of which is promoting healthy weight loss. These fat-burning herbs help boost stamina, rev your metabolism, and balance hormones. They also help regulate a healthy immune system and destroy cancer cells and bacteria. Yerba Mate can even help lower your cholesterol, while ashwagandha heals thyroid issues. That means they can help heal issues that hinder weight loss.
Both are usually added to the diet by steeping as a tea.
Herbs for Heart Health: Oatstraw and Rosemary
Oatstraw helps support a healthy heart, lower cholesterol, and boost your nervous system. It’s rich in silica, magnesium, iron, calcium, and so many more nutrients. Rosemary can help prevent damage to the heart and blood vessels by improving blood circulation.
You can add oatstraw to your diet by steeping it as a tea. Rosemary makes a delicious herb in many meals, such as simple roasted lemon and rosemary chicken.
Herbs for Gut Health: Ginger and Cinnamon
Ginger is an excellent herb for gut health because it can ease nausea and reduce inflammation in the stomach. Cinnamon is also good for easing indigestion and inflammation, as well as regulating blood sugar.
Together, these make a fantastic spice tea. You can also add them to many recipes and desserts – even oatmeal and yogurt, which are both great for your stomach.
Herbs for Mental Health: St. John’s Wort and Ginkgo Leaf
St. John’s wort is known for its ability to improve mood, including anxiety and depression relief. It has the ability to fight inflammation and flush out toxins at the root of many diseases, including mental illness. Gingko leaf gives an energy boost and elevates mood. It’s powerful against anxiety and depression because its known to aid the body and mind’s capability to cope with stress.
Both are traditionally used as teas, but they make potent tinctures as well.
Eat More Herbs!
There are so many herbs that can help your body feel like its best self. For more options, you can type your issue into our search box – we have detailed descriptions for each herb in our shop and their health benefits!
Here’s to a healthier you.