The spices, herbs and minerals that are commonly used in food items are generally meant to add flavor and taste. Different recipes are made to suit the taste but somehow their medicinal value is mostly ignored. Most commonly used items are cinnamon, clove, garlic, ginger, fennel seeds, black tea, cardamom, chilies, coffee, common salt, coriander, green tea, honey, lemon, menthol (fresh), olive oil, onion, pepper, thyme and turmeric etc. etc. There may be more items in use in different parts of the world according to their availability and culture of the area. These items are in use since thousands of years. When human beings added them to their kitchens, they must have done so on some solid bases after experience, not just for flavor or taste. People of the ancient times probably knew their effects but with the passage of time, the use became a routine losing sight of what they are actually meant for. Now the frequency of their use has made them almost essential part of our daily meals but most of us do not tend to give a deeper thought to why a particular item is being used, should be or should not be used.
With the advancement in medical science, it has been proved that various herbs and spices of day-to-day use have definite medicinal value. That is why most of these are being used in different medicines all over the world.
Our bodies are though used to these spices and herbs, yet their incorrect or over use can lead to many problems. For example, incorrect and excessive use of common salt can disturb the blood pressure. This is why patients of hypertension are advised to cut down its intake. On the other hand, persons having low blood pressure may not use too much of salt to raise the blood pressure because it will only create problems rather than helping them. Similarly other items have their effects; salt is just one example.
The kitchen herbs are safe as long as their use is in a specific way, not excessive and uncontrolled. They can be used to treat certain ailments at home. Best of all, these are very handy, available in the kitchens anytime, anywhere. If you know how to use them, you can get the real benefit. If you are really clued up in their use, you can safely treat even high blood pressure (hypertension), low blood pressure (hypotension), hemorrhoids (piles) especially the bleeding type, diarrhea, vomiting, constipation, arthritis, hepatitis and a lot more including cancer of various types.