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Are herbs overrated?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created May 18, 2013 at 7:38 PM

Have you ever noticed any significant benefits from utilizing herbs? Especially herbal teas? Sometimes i wonder if it's all BS. There seems to be very little proof and lots of claims.

And even further, statements like this make me wonder...

"do not consume chamomile tea if you are or think you might be pregnant. It has been noted throughout history that it was once used to induce abortions. While it may not induce an abortion every time, it can cause harm to the unborn child."

http://www.wikihow.com/Make-Chamomile-Tea

How can we be sure we're not just dousing ourselves with toxins? If it's claimed to be dangerous for a fetus how could it be beneficial for everyday life? People used to think tobacco & nicotine we're beneficial. How do we know chemicals in other herbs aren't in the same category?

194d8e8140425057fe06202e1e5822a7

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on May 20, 2013
at 04:08 AM

Per weight, but who consumes 1/4lb of parsley? Methinks herbs are powerful because of their special and unique alkaloids/chemicals that only that plant or that genus produces, not vitamin content.

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

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on May 19, 2013
at 10:12 PM

Though I did make semi-critical comment, I did not downvote, just FYI. I agree that it's a legit question but a better source surely exists and could have easily been provided. :)

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on May 19, 2013
at 09:08 PM

Somebody mentioned parsley earlier: Not much to an ounce of it: ~10% folate, ~10% vitamin A (beta carotene), 40% vitamin C, 20% iron, nearly 400% vitamin K. But an ounce is a huge pile of parsley, I can't imagine most folks are eating more than an ounce aggregate per day. A teaspoon of most herbs is only going weigh 1 gram, next to nothing in that amount. I do use quite a bit of herbs/spices in my cooking, but haven't seen any evidence that there's much to be had in terms of nutrition from the typical amounts.

89fa2da4805b0b4e54b77a5a20a2e206

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on May 19, 2013
at 06:59 PM

+1 for awesome german accent and quote..

89fa2da4805b0b4e54b77a5a20a2e206

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on May 19, 2013
at 06:55 PM

i too helped dig it out of negative /..for same reason Albert :)

32652cb696b75182cb121009ee4edea3

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on May 19, 2013
at 05:40 PM

True, but added up over a day you can actually consume quite a bit. You can also eat a lot fresh (tabouleh is nothing but a parsley and mint dish, esp if you don't add bulgur). I also throw fresh herbs and microgreens into salads for flavor and nutrients, and use them in about everything I cook... When I track on cronometer the herbs are doing their part to up my vitamins and minerals each day. But I tend to use a lot of spices (fresh and dried) in foods, so that might just be me. If you are a person who cooks very plain, then they probably wouldn't add noticeably to your nutrient intake.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on May 19, 2013
at 04:45 PM

I never understood why folks get excited about the vitamin/mineral content of herbs. You eat a few grams of herbs typically (even less dried). They're vitamin/mineral powerhouses, only when you consume a few ounces of them.

Ee6932fe54ad68039a8d5f7a8caa0468

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on May 19, 2013
at 04:26 PM

seriously, more people should focus on taste! can't imagine cooking without herbs.

32652cb696b75182cb121009ee4edea3

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on May 19, 2013
at 03:59 PM

mmm, now i'm hungry!

048dd52752c45129c1212bfffb37ca72

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on May 19, 2013
at 10:33 AM

upvoted as I think the question is both interesting and legit, I wonder why people is so hard on other's questions...

89fa2da4805b0b4e54b77a5a20a2e206

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on May 19, 2013
at 02:37 AM

...yeah man /////

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

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on May 19, 2013
at 02:25 AM

I think I'm going to need more reputable source than wikihow to take this seriously.

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on May 19, 2013
at 02:12 AM

if anything I think herbs are under-rated.

72cf727474b8bf815fdc505e58cadfea

on May 18, 2013
at 10:47 PM

Nicotine is a cholinergic drug and may have beneficial medical applications (today.duke.edu/2001/08/mm_medicaluses.html). It's also probably not addictive if you don't inhale lots of it on a regular basis. Like any other pharmaceutical, herbal preparations need to be used for the proper conditions and in the proper dose.

72cf727474b8bf815fdc505e58cadfea

on May 18, 2013
at 10:46 PM

Nicotine is a cholinergic drug and may have beneficial medical applications (http://today.duke.edu/2001/08/mm_medicaluses.html). It's also probably not addictive if you don't inhale lots of it on a regular basis. Like any other pharmaceutical, herbal preparations need to be used for the proper conditions and in the proper dose.

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on May 18, 2013
at 10:40 PM

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89fa2da4805b0b4e54b77a5a20a2e206

on May 19, 2013
at 01:46 AM

HERBS GLORIOUS HERBS.. HOT SAUSAGE AND MUSTARD. LOL wrong song but yeah

Benefits are plentiful = improved taste- bringing out flavours, rounding out flavours, complimenting flavours..etc etc..

Then theres the other benefits alot of herbs and spices are said to have. Some maybe very true ...others not.

yes (herbal teas ) can be potent use with caution and as directed. I once had one too many dandelion root teas and felt quite nauseated.

Herbs are the one thing that almost anyone can grow and that way you can be sure theres no chemicals and pesticides :)

you can chop them, dry them, mortar and pestle them, infuse them, smoke them...ITS ENDLESS.. and course you just cannot make a witches brew without them! .. For every disease we know .. God allows an herb to grow ( i read that on a tea package somewhere )..lol..eheheh

peace~

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F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on May 19, 2013
at 05:07 PM

If anything, herbs are grossly under-rated. They are like medicine. Herbal medicine that is.

Our ancestors knew what herbs go with what foods, when to gather and when to use them. We lost most of that knowledge and are only left to deal with what we can get at the local supermarket.

Again, every time you use a herb remember: all of them are extremely powerful. Most of them have anti-parasitic effect. Garlic, ginger, onion and other herbs need to be consumed daily to keep some very nasty parasites away.

Behold the power of herbs!

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32652cb696b75182cb121009ee4edea3

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on May 19, 2013
at 10:13 AM

The truth is, we don't know what we don't know about herbs. There are probably some amazing benefits, and some real dangers, as they are potent.

To me, one of the amazing things about herbs is their vitamin and mineral content. Like calcium - who knew?

http://www.healthaliciousness.com/articles/foods-high-in-calcium.php

I wonder if just this alone is what accounts for some of the healing properties of herbs taken encapsulated - it's a megadose of vitamins. (If you go through the lists of all vitamins and minerals, herbs and spices are on almost every one in the top 10):

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41757)

on May 19, 2013
at 04:45 PM

I never understood why folks get excited about the vitamin/mineral content of herbs. You eat a few grams of herbs typically (even less dried). They're vitamin/mineral powerhouses, only when you consume a few ounces of them.

32652cb696b75182cb121009ee4edea3

(5802)

on May 19, 2013
at 05:40 PM

True, but added up over a day you can actually consume quite a bit. You can also eat a lot fresh (tabouleh is nothing but a parsley and mint dish, esp if you don't add bulgur). I also throw fresh herbs and microgreens into salads for flavor and nutrients, and use them in about everything I cook... When I track on cronometer the herbs are doing their part to up my vitamins and minerals each day. But I tend to use a lot of spices (fresh and dried) in foods, so that might just be me. If you are a person who cooks very plain, then they probably wouldn't add noticeably to your nutrient intake.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41757)

on May 19, 2013
at 09:08 PM

Somebody mentioned parsley earlier: Not much to an ounce of it: ~10% folate, ~10% vitamin A (beta carotene), 40% vitamin C, 20% iron, nearly 400% vitamin K. But an ounce is a huge pile of parsley, I can't imagine most folks are eating more than an ounce aggregate per day. A teaspoon of most herbs is only going weigh 1 gram, next to nothing in that amount. I do use quite a bit of herbs/spices in my cooking, but haven't seen any evidence that there's much to be had in terms of nutrition from the typical amounts.

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61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

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on May 19, 2013
at 05:12 PM

Alle Ding' sind Gift, und nichts ohn' Gift; allein die Dosis macht, da?? ein Ding kein Gift ist.

"All things are poison, and nothing is without poison; only the dose permits something not to be poisonous." Thank you, Paracelsus.

In other words, the dose makes the poison. Used properly and with caution, herbs are not dangerous, but anything that can be helpful can be dangerous if used improperly or in excess.

89fa2da4805b0b4e54b77a5a20a2e206

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on May 19, 2013
at 06:59 PM

+1 for awesome german accent and quote..

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96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

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on May 19, 2013
at 02:53 PM

Let you food be your medicine and let your medicine be your food. Wiser words were never spoken. Not just herbs but other things.

There's probably more health enhancing micro and macronutrients in a lightly seared grassfed bison ribeye topped with a rosemary/sage/oregano compound kerrygold butter, a hunk of cod liver along with some organic broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, ginger and scallions and turmeric, sauteed kale, pastured bacon rashers, and garlic mashed (sweet or otherwise) potatoes than in a pill, prescription, or OTC. And far more joy in that meal than a bunch of pills.

I've had some amazing effects from things like holy basil-green tea, and I can enjoy them far more than holy basil extract pills.

Granted, if I go somewhere for an extended period of time and can't bring these along, I'll bring some dessicated liver pills along with vitamins, but otherwise, stick with the real stuff.

32652cb696b75182cb121009ee4edea3

(5802)

on May 19, 2013
at 03:59 PM

mmm, now i'm hungry!

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5dbc84fc8a8e78e4db7293b58efdde32

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on May 19, 2013
at 02:25 PM

I personally think adaptogens are under-used in our stressful world.

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194d8e8140425057fe06202e1e5822a7

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on May 18, 2013
at 08:08 PM

I've gained significant, noticeable psychological benefit from using

  • Rhodiola Rosea
  • Reishi Ganoderma mushroom
  • Lions Mane mushrrom
  • Milk Thistle Seed extract

"Hmmm, I don't know much about herbalism. Let's see if I can invalidate it all in one go."

72cf727474b8bf815fdc505e58cadfea

on May 18, 2013
at 10:40 PM

Looks like you tried to type in a list with one item on each line? Put an asterisk in front of each one followed by a space, and it'll show up in list format.

72cf727474b8bf815fdc505e58cadfea

on May 18, 2013
at 10:46 PM

Nicotine is a cholinergic drug and may have beneficial medical applications (http://today.duke.edu/2001/08/mm_medicaluses.html). It's also probably not addictive if you don't inhale lots of it on a regular basis. Like any other pharmaceutical, herbal preparations need to be used for the proper conditions and in the proper dose.

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8d386bf2c5ba20fcc1a2a0c805b217c9

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on May 19, 2013
at 03:55 PM

The vitamin-content of certain herbs is astoundingly high. Look up the nutritional analysis of parsley. It's insane!!!

194d8e8140425057fe06202e1e5822a7

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on May 20, 2013
at 04:08 AM

Per weight, but who consumes 1/4lb of parsley? Methinks herbs are powerful because of their special and unique alkaloids/chemicals that only that plant or that genus produces, not vitamin content.

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355ae559fc7c4038c63b5897d74e8a40

on May 19, 2013
at 12:41 PM

Over-rated? I'm not even sure what that means. I don't give any credence to the claims of the makers of packaged herbal teas. Or packaged anything, for that matter. I grow and use a lot of herbs in cooking but use them for their flavours, principally, though a mint tea is a great calming alternative to coffee after a meal. I think that most of us know a fraction of what our ancestors knew about the properties of plants growing around us. On the other hand we continue to use herb-derived drugs in modern mainstream medicine, so clearly they are still important.

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B510347d8bc7d2863dedea4424f31466

on May 19, 2013
at 02:32 PM

Nope. They make my dishes taste delicious.

Ee6932fe54ad68039a8d5f7a8caa0468

(2668)

on May 19, 2013
at 04:26 PM

seriously, more people should focus on taste! can't imagine cooking without herbs.

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on May 20, 2013
at 12:39 AM

Art Ayers is a fan of fresh herbs for their anti-fungal properties, among other amazeballs things about 'em.

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E9140ef0ca0a76ea14b9ebccad234608

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on May 19, 2013
at 09:54 PM

ive used herbs and herbalism successfully for years, in many forms: tinctures, teas, capsules, essential extracts, with great success..

Adaptogens also are something more people need to look into..

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on May 19, 2013
at 08:51 AM

I suspect our ancestors used a lot of herbs for taste or because no other food was around from time to time. I have never much liked them and don't bother to use them in cooking but I am sure a good few of them like parsley are pretty good for you.

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