Herbs & Spices
Healing Herbs have been around for a long time. In fact before our modern times, people went to their back yards to get free medicine. We can do the same today if the yard is not sprayed with some chemical.
I love different cultures. I have had the privilege traveling to India, Nigeria, South America, Haiti, and Israel. Each place has a special uniqueness from it’s cultural practices to the spices it uses. Many cultures use herbs in place of salt in cooking. Interest in international cuisines has familiarized us with flavors from the Mediterranean, South America, Asia, and Europe. Both herbs and spices are used to add flavour, aroma, colour, texture and nutrients to food.
What’s the Difference Between Herbs and Spices?
First, we need to take a look at the differences between herbs and spices. There are actual differences based on which part of the plant they come from.
Herb comes from the leafy and green part of the plant, either fresh or dried. Herbs are aromatic or great for culinary use.
Spice is the root, stem, bulb, bark, berries or seeds of the plant, usually dried.
Did you know that when you add herbs and spices to your food you are giving a nutritional boost to your food which has medicinal and health benefits. This is because they are loaded with potent antioxidants. Herbs like oregano rank much higher than fruits and vegetables. Many studies show herbs and spices have demonstrated healing benefits against a variety of illnesses.
In the 1899, George Merck, founder of Merck & Co., in New York, wrote “Merck’s 1899 Manual of the Materia Medica.” It is a collection of remedies that are entirely natural. In this book, it is clearly acknowledged that in many ways foods and plants heal disease. It reminds me the a favorite quote you will see on every page of my blog. It says, “LET FOOD BE THY MEDICINE AND MEDICINE BE THY FOOD. HIPPOCRATES (460-377 B.C.)”
Here at Genesis Health, we hope you go away with real information and encouragement to find out more about how plants can heal real disease. There is another quote I must end with here. It states, “And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.” Genesis 1:29
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