The Health Benefits of Plant Leaves

Plants, in general, are helpful to us because they extract carbon dioxide from our surroundings and in return, provide oxygen. But did you know that they just don’t give us fresh air to breath but they can also be an aid for our illnesses and other health concerns? In fact, some leaves ALONE offer tons of health benefits to us.

Indeed, everything in this world serves a purpose and they are your aid if you want to take care of yourself. Below are some of the millions of plant leaves that are beneficial to human kind:

 

Stevia Plant

Scientific name:

Stevia Rebaudiana

Health benefits include:

-control blood sugar, blood pressure, cholesterol

-its glycosides shows to dilate blood vessels, help sodium excretion, and urine output

The World Health Organization (WHO) upheld the claims for its health benefits. Additionally, pregnant mothers and infants can safely use stevia plant.

Characteristics:

-low in calorie

-many sterols and antioxidant compounds (e.g. triterpenes, flavonoids, and tannins)

 

Bay Leaf

 

Scientific name:

Laurus Nobilis

Health benefits include:

-its compounds are antiseptic, digestive, anti-oxidant, and could possibly have anti-cancer properties

-rich in ascorbic acid that is useful for healing wounds  and anti-viral effects

-through infusion, it can cure stomach ulcer and colic pain

Characteristics:

-has a pleasing and sweet aroma

-rich in vitamins (e.g. niacin and riboflavin) and minerals (e.g. copper, potassium, calcium, etc.)  that is a requirement in one’s health

 

Plantain Leaf

 

Scientific name:

Plantago Major

Health benefits include:

-lessen irritation, suppress dangerous organisms and exhibit expectorant actions

-it is also used for treating upper respiratory tract issues

Its successful effect on treating coughs and irritation of the mucous membrane is attested true by the German Commission E.

Characteristics:

-composed of iridoid glycosides, mucilage, and tannins

 

Mint

 

Scientific name:

Mentha

Health benefits include:

-­the intense smell of its aroma can cure nausea and headache, and is effective in treating respiratory disorders and coughs

-the aroma can help with digestion problems

-is it also recommended to asthma patients

-surprisingly, it is very useful for mothers who breastfed because it also deals with nipple cracks and nipple pains

-smelling mint exudes an overwhelming feeling that helps people undergoing depression and fatigue

-it also can activate alertness and help memory retention

Characteristics:

-is one of the highest carrier of antioxidants among food

-it has a rosmarinic acid (anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory) that helps deal with allergies

-popularly known for its calming and soothing effect

-though, it is low in potassium, magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, vitamin C, iron

 

Dandelion Leaf

 

Scientific name:

Taraxacum

Health benefits include:

-it is helpful in improving liver functions

-it hastens the metabolism of fats

-purifies blood

-normalizes blood sugar

Characteristics:

-it has vitamins A to D, zinc and calcium potassium

-steroids, alkaloids and triterpenoids are some of its health-beneficial compounds

 

Aside from the direct benefits of these leaves to one’s health upon consumption, their mere presence actually helps us in some levels.

It is advised to have plants inside our houses because it clears the air which gives us clean oxygen to breath. In hospitals, rooms are recommended to have plants because it accelerates the chances of healing and recovery of the patients.

Additionally, looking at it (or in nature in general) is one of the many  ways to relax.

 

                                

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Doreatha H. Salmons

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