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Fresh and Dried Herbs: Medicine in Small Dosages

Julie Vecera

Acupuncturist, Nutritionist, Traditional Chinese Medical Practitioner and the creator of the Fertility Lifestyle Program
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Fresh and Dried Herbs: Medicine in Small Dosages

Herbs are found sitting in all our cupboards, fridge and left to go to seed in the garden only to grab haphazardly if a recipe calls for it. Did you know the health benefits of these neglected plant remnants? These common herbs, both fresh and dried, contain extraordinary properties and help protect us against certain health conditions such as diabetes, cancer and heart disease.

The basis of many diseases is inflammation and these herbs have the antioxidants to reduce inflammation, reduce blood glucose and improve metabolism and so much more. In fact, the nutritional value and potency of vitamins and minerals is so high that we advise pregnant women not to make tea or add large quantities of herbs to their juices or smoothies (standard quantities are fine!)

Here are just a few to look at for now. You will see why herbs have been used as medicine for so long, not to mention their flavour!


  • low in calories
  • good antioxidant
  • essential oil
  • vitamins
  • dietary fibre
  • can reduce LDL (bad cholesterol wile rising HDL (good cholesterol)
  • good source of potassium, calcium, manganese, iron and magnesium
  • folic acid, naicin, Vit A, beta-carotenes, Vit C
  • good for skin, eyes and bones
  • great detoxifier (even cleanses the soil when planted in the garden)


  • antioxidant protection against radiation
  • antiflammatory
  • anti-bacterial
  • low in calories
  • high in Vit A
  • protects from free radicals
  • good for skin and oral health
  • good for bone health
  • potassium, manganese, copper and magnesium
  • controls heart rate, blood pressure
  • high in iron


  • protection against free radicals and carcinogens
  • contains the great antioxidant Glutathione
  • prevents bacteria overgrowth
  • very good source of calcium, iron, manganese and magnesium
  • anti-spasmodic
  • digestive
  • sedative properties
  • folic acid, Vit A and C

Turmeric (contains Curcumin)

  • curcumin is a cancer fighting compound
  • reduce inflammation
  • improves joints


  • anti-cancer benefits
  • anti-viral
  • antiseptic
  • anti-fungal
  • B1, B2, B3, B5, B6
  • Vit E, K, magnesium, potassium, iron, calcium, zinc and selenium


  • aids digestion
  • alleviates nausea
  • freshens breath
  • antiseptic
  • betacarotene
  • Vitamin C, folate, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, magnesium, potassium, iron calcium and zinc


  • digestive aid
  • cleansing and warming
  • B3, B6, Vitamin C
  • magnesium, potassium, iron and manganese
  • relieves nausea


  • strong antioxidant
  • Vitamin A, B, C and D
  • treats kidney disease
  • swelling
  • heartburn
  • nausea
  • skin problems
  • diabetes
  • diarrhoea
  • liver and gall bladder problems
  • diuretic

Dr Julie Rani Vecera is a Chinese Medical Practitioner, Nutritional Advisor and Acupuncturist. She is available for private consultations in various locations in Melbourne or via Skype. For more information please contact or

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