Skip to content

Turmeric, Holy Basil and Ashwagandha: Why These Healing Herbs Are So Popular

The holidays are here and while many see this as a calorie-pounding season of feasting – it can also offer a time for taking care of your health. And let’s face it, proactive, preventative health care is more pleasant, less costly and a lot more fun than after something goes wrong.

But with so many over-the-counter and prescription medications on the market today, it can feel overwhelming. Some of these medications come with harmful side effects and may do more damage than healing. And many of the processed health products out there are no better.

That’s why more people are turning toward natural solutions to help with pain, ailments, and even certain diseases.

Healing herbs have become extremely popular in western culture over the last few years. Ironically, most healing herbs have been used in other cultures for centuries. So, it was only a matter of time before we jumped on board!

Healing herbs like turmeric, holy basil, and ashwagandha are some of the most popular. And they are showing up in a growing number of health products, diets and herbal medicinals. But popularity isn’t a reason to use them – it’s their actual effectiveness and what they offer that’s driving the craze.

If the Three Wise Men had brought three more gifts – these near-miraculous herbs should have been on the list. Let’s take a look at what these herbs can do for you.

Turmeric

Turmeric has, arguably, become one of the most popular healing herbs in recent years. Whether you take a supplement, make a “turmeric latte,” or add it to your food, you can reap many health benefits from this herb very quickly.

First, it’s a natural inflammatory agent, which can help with anything from sore joints and muscles to more serious problems like arthritis. (And some cancers respond well to anti-inflammatories).

Turmeric has become increasingly popular due to its impact on digestive health. It’s a natural antibiotic, it can help with bloating and stomach ulcers, reduces gas, and helps to improve digestion.

In addition to being a healing herb, turmeric can also help to prevent certain types of cancer, as well as the progression of Alzheimer’s Disease.

Holy Basil

Holy basil has more than just a great name; it’s a powerful herb! People in Southeast Asia depend on holy basil and have for centuries, thanks to its healing properties. Unsurprisingly, many cultures use it to heal the mind, body, and spirit.

The interesting part about holy basil is that different parts of the plant can be used for various ailments. For example, the flowers of the plant typically treat bronchitis. An ointment made from the plant often treats skin conditions like eczema.

The whole plant can also be used to help with stomach issues like diarrhea and nausea.

Learning more about the holy basil plant might make it your go-to solution for many types of ailments.

Ashwagandha

Ashwagandha may have a strange-looking name, but it has incredible healing benefits. It’s an ancient herb that has been used for its medicinal purposes for centuries. It has both physical and mental health properties.

Ashwagandha can help to reduce blood sugar levels, making it a natural solution for diabetics. It also can reduce levels of cortisol in the body, and can help to fight against certain types of cancer.

If you struggle with depression, anxiety, or other mental health disorders, ashwagandha can help to reduce your symptoms and help you to break free from the confines of your mind.

All of these healing herbs are great on their own. All of them not only help with existing problems, but they can help to fend off other diseases of the mind and body. Plus, they can be even more effective when combined with other treatment solutions. This is especially true when you’re struggling with both mind and body problems.

For example, heart disease and depression counseling might not seem to go hand-in-hand, but when you’re taking healing herbs for both, you can boost your overall wellness and treatment power by talking to a therapist along the way. Remember, stacking treatments is a great way to alleviate symptoms quickly.

If you’re looking for more information on these healing herbs, feel free to contact me. Or visit my page about heart disease and depression counseling to learn more about how I can help you.