There are so many different foods that we are told to stay away from. It sometimes feels like every other article I read is about how horrible this or that is for me, and if I eat to much of this or that more bad things will happen. I am here to tell you about something you should eat: Marjoram, Basil & Oregano. If you have ever made or eaten Italian food then I know you have heard or used these three herbs. They are most commonly used spices in Italian cooking and all three do great things for you.
Marjoram helps to lift the spirits. It is spicy and intoxicating while adding flavor to rich savory dishes like meats and sauces. Marjoram bolsters insulin activity, which stabilizes mood swings causing blood sugar to spike. The scent increases the body’s production of feel-good serotonin by 90% and is a great muscle relaxant which helps to relieves body and joint discomfort. It is also antibacterial, anti-fungal, and a vasodilator that helps to lower blood pressure, promote intestinal peristalsis, expectorant, mucolytic and soothes the digestive tract. Marjoram can be used for arthritis/rheumatism, muscle/nerve pain, headaches, circulatory disorders, respiratory problems, infections, menstrual discomfort/PMS, fungal infections, ringworm, shingles, sores, spasms, and fluid retention.
Basil was used by Italian women to attract possible suitors. Basil is a powerful antispasmodic, anti-viral, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, muscle relaxant and that also can rev up the metabolism. It can help melt belly fat in two ways: Its calcium stores suppress output of the fat storing hormone calcitriol, while its manganese keeps blood sugar levels stable to help wipe out cravings. Basil also can be used for migraines, throat/lung infections and insect bites.
Oregano is a wonderful herb with a great bite. It helps with anti-aging, anti-parasitic, powerful anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory and an immune stimulant. Oregano can be used for arthritis/rheumatism, respiratory infectious diseases, infections/tuberculosis, digestive problems and pasta sauce. LOL
These herbs are not just great to eat but also in essential oil form, too. So not only can you cook with them, but you can take them as supplement, inhale them and also apply these herbs on your skin (use caution and follow the direction of a Certified Aromatherapist). Apparently, the Italians know how to cook and take care of the body at the same time. So go out and use these herbs either by eating some great Italian or in essential oil form (which I do both) and sit back and heal baby! Now, who’s having spaghetti tonight?
Gina Dane, massage therapist and aromatherapist @ Inspired Wellness Center