Tasty and easy to grow at home, these are some of Cancer Wellness Magazine’s favorite medicinal herbs to fight and reduce cancer tumor growth.
Antiviral, antioxidant, and antibacterial, basil has been linked to antimutagenic properties and tumor reduction. This herb is a staple of Mediterranean cooking and can be grown indoors on a sunny windowsill. Pair basil with tomatoes and mozzarella for a light caprese salad, or crush the fragrant leaves with garlic, parmesan cheese, olive oil, pine nuts, and salt for an easy, homemade pesto this summer.
cW basil recipes: Creamy Zucchini Noodles; Pink Grapefruit, Fennel, and Goat Cheese Salad; Green Garden Garlic Pasta; Wild Pesto Salmon; Cruciferous Veggie Bake with Cashew Herb Dressing; Green Goddess Salad; Crockpot Ratatouille
Vibrant and beautiful, parsley is great for liver and eye health. Fresh parsley’s slight brightness and peppery pop are an excellent addition to a summer brunch quiche. Even better, apigenin (a compound found in parsley) has been found to inhibit the spread of cancer cells.
Oregano essential oil is a miracle cure to help the body fight cold or flu. Part of the mint family and a powerful antioxidant, it can help treat menstrual cramps and urinary and respiratory tract disorders. Plus, carvacrol, a compound in oregano oil, has been found to inhibit cell growth and cause cancer-cell death.
cW oregano recipes: Dairy-Free Kale Caesar Salad with Herb Roasted Cashews
Sage is a potent, antiviral antioxidant with strong cancer fighting potential. Containing over 160 distinct polyphenols (plant-based chemical compounds that act as antioxidants in the body), sage reportedly limits tumor growth, detoxifies the liver, and has been proven to prevent colon cancer in rats. Sage tea is also a great remedy for a sore throat. Try adding some sage to olive oil, butter, or honey for a subtle but flavorful addition to roasted veggies.
Several studies link this woodsy herb and its active compounds to reduced tumor proliferation, limiting the production of certain human cancer cells. This ever-green herb is extraordinarily fragrant, slightly pine-like, and pairs well with chicken, lamb, and salmon. A sprig of rosemary can even brighten up a glass of lemonade or a cocktail.
cW rosemary recipes: Creamy Zucchini Noodles;
Cilantro is known to detox heavy metals like mercury and lead from the body, helping to prevent harmful buildup. The herb also has strong antioxidant and anti-anxiety properties, which can help promote healthy sleep. Add a handful of the leaves to guacamole for a crowd-pleasing appetizer at any barbeque.
cW cilantro recipes: Sweet Potato Coconut Soup