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Have you ever considered growing your own herbs at home? If you haven’t, it’s time you learn just how valuable your very own herb garden can be. Whether you live on a five-acre residence or in a fifth-floor apartment, you can have your own homegrown herbs in a matter of days or weeks.
So it’s easy to grow your own herbs, and anyone can do it no matter where you live—but why would you want to?
Herbs have incredibly powerful cancer-fighting properties, and this is not some woo-woo fake science. Thousands of trials have shown that certain herbs and spices are chemopreventive because they inhibit proliferation of cancer cells, initiate apoptosis (cancer cell death), and prevent angiogenesis (the formation of blood vessels that supply tumors with nutrients).
The antioxidant, anti-cancer, anti-disease, and anti-inflammatory properties of these healing herbs can be attributed to their phenolic compounds, which include phenolic acids, flavonoids, tannins, stilbenes, curcuminoids, coumarins, lignans, quinones, and others. (1)
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Medicinal herbs and spices prevent cancer by balancing hormones, repairing free radical damage, reducing oxidative stress, and boosting the functions of the immune system. They treat cancer by killing cancer cells, stopping cancer from spreading, and even shrinking tumor size.
Not only are these cancer-healing herbs important for treatment and prevention, they are necessary for recovery as well. They help the body to keep fighting so that cancer doesn’t return. They promote detoxification and boost immunity so that you can bounce back to be even stronger than you were before.
The following herbs and spices are all known as potent anti-cancer foods. They’re easy to grow or make at home, so put on those gardening gloves (just kidding, you really don’t need those) and get planting.
Rosemary contains many antioxidants and phytochemicals, including caffeic acid, carnosic acid, and rosmarinic acid.
These compounds have antiproliferative effects on cancer cells, and they reduce inflammation that can lead to cell mutations and cancer development. (2)(3)
Rosemary grows pretty tall and spreads out quite a bit—so this particular herb is recommended for those with gardens. If you don’t have a garden, you can easily purchase organic rosemary at a nearby farmers’ market or supermarket.
Rosemary essential oil is also incredibly potent and versatile, and it’s a great thing to have in the house. It has antioxidant, antimicrobial, antifungal, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, and hepatoprotective properties.
If you want a natural anti-cancer herb that will also heal sore throats, treat bronchitis, boost your mood, and lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels, you may want to consider adding thyme to your garden.
Thyme essential oil is incredibly effective. It has even been shown to elicit a response and to be effective against tumors that have become unresponsive to drugs. This was seen in cases of ovarian, breast, blood, and skin cancers. (4)
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Refreshing, sweet, light, and aromatic, mint is one of the best healing herbs when it comes to oral health—and not just because it makes your breath smell good.
Mint is antibacterial, so it kills the bad bacteria hanging around in your mouth that could potentially lead to oral or throat cancer. It also promotes healthy digestion and prevents gastric and colorectal cancers.
Studies show that mint contains phytochemicals, which help to stop blood flow into cancerous tumors. It also protects the body from the harmful effects of radiation therapy used in cancer treatment.
Mint can easily be grown indoors or outdoors—in a flowerpot or in a garden. Add it to salads, smoothies, ice water, hot water, chicken, fish, roasted vegetables—or anything, really.
Garlic is a powerful natural medicine, and its potency can be attributed to a compound called allicin, which is celebrated for its extensive health benefits. This unique compound is only released from garlic when it is chewed, finely chopped, or crushed in its raw form.
Garlic has anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antimicrobial, antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-cancer attributes. Its health benefits include:
- Lowers blood pressure levels
- Lowers cholesterol levels
- Wards off colds and infections
- Reverses hair loss
- Improves memory and cognition
- Balances blood sugar
- Improves circulation
- Prevents neurodegenerative diseases
- Fights cancer
According to the NIH National Cancer Institute, “Several population studies show an association between increased intake of garlic and reduced risk of certain cancers, including cancers of the stomach, colon, esophagus, pancreas, and breast.” (5)
Many studies have concluded that garlic induces apoptosis or cancer cell death. (6)(7)(8)
Garlic can be grown indoors or outdoors, but if you do grow it indoors, find a sunny window ledge for it to thrive on.
Ginger has been used for medicinal purposes for thousands of years now. It is powerful because of an active compound that it contains called gingerol.
Gingerol is the antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, and super effective compound that seems to blow pathogens and cancer cells right out of the water. Gingerol tops the charts when it comes to fighting free radicals and reducing oxidative stress for lower risk of chronic disease and cancer. (9)
You can easily grow ginger root at home. All you need to start is ginger root; a shallow, wide plant pot; and some organic potting soil. Use ginger root to make soup, tea, fresh juice, salad dressing, stir-fries, or salmon.
Turmeric’s active compound, curcumin, is another incredibly powerful medicinal root. It’s hitting every single health food store, pharmacy, supermarket, and online store in many different supplement forms.
Studies show that curcumin has unique anti-inflammatory and chemopreventive properties that help to support and maintain healthy functioning of all systems in the body.
Many studies show turmeric as an effective treatment for all stages of a disease, including prevention, treatment, and recovery, that’s why you should be adding more turmeric powder to your cooking. (9)
Like ginger root, turmeric root can easily be grown indoors in a pot with some organic soil.
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7. Cayenne Pepper
If you’re not accustomed to spicy, you may want to start training your pallet now. Cayenne peppers contain a potent cancer-fighting and disease-blasting compound called capsaicin. Like curcumin, capsaicin is now bottled and sold in almost every health food store as a supplement.
In many different trials, capsaicin has been shown effective in treating prostate, bone, pancreatic, breast, gastric, colorectal, and other types of cancer. (10)
It’s also an ideal food for heart health because it lowers blood pressure and cholesterol levels and boosts circulation.
If you enjoy cayenne pepper, you’ll also benefit from:
- Improved digestion
- Relief from headaches and migraines
- Detoxification support
- Better metabolic function
- Weight loss
- Lower inflammation
- Protection from colds, infections, and flu
You can certainly grow cayenne peppers indoors, but they just won’t get as big as they would outdoors or in a greenhouse.
Growing your own cancer-healing herbs is an excellent idea if you want to know exactly where your medicinal plants are coming from. Make sure to buy organic soil for your precious plants to get the most out of them.
The next best thing is to buy local organic herbs, roots, and spices from a nearby local farmers’ market or health food store.
You don’t need a green thumb to make yourself a little cancer-healing garden in your own home, so go get yourself some plant pots and organic soil and get started.
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