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  • Spices and Herbs–What’s the Difference?
    Spices and Herbs–What’s the Difference?

    Spices and herbs are common in most foods around the world today. Both are used to flavor foods and some for medicinal purposes. Herbs and spices have both been prominent throughout human history. In earlier times, herbs and spices were considered luxuries and only available for the use of the wealthy. Herbs and spices were also traded frequently between nations in medieval times. Many people do not know the difference between an herb and a spice. There are many similarities between the two, and some of the differences are very subtle, but they are still valid. The essential difference between an herb and a spice is where it is obtained from on a plant. Herbs usually come from the leafy…

  • “True” Aromatherapy
    “True” Aromatherapy

    In order to discuss aromatherapy, you first need to understand what basic aromatherapy is. Many people will walk into a store, smell a candle or bag of potpourri, and assume they’ve just had an aroma therapeutic experience. Not so. True aromatherapy has several qualifications: No chemical fragrances allowed. All aromas must be natural, as in essential oils. Fragrances must be selected specifically for what ails you. Smelling any ole’ thing that smells good just isn’t going to do the trick. The aroma must effect you at a cellular level to have any effect. The limbic system of the brain plays a huge part in aromatherapy. The truth is, that real aromatherapy, just like medicine,…

  • 10 Herbs for the Holidays
    10 Herbs for the Holidays

    Cinnamon From cinnamon sticks to grated cinnamon spice, this herb is found everywhere during the holidays. Add a stick to a warm mug of hot chocolate or sprinkle some ground cinnamon on sugar cookies for a special treat. Cinnamon can be taken in the form of capsules, extracts, essential oil, and herbal tea. Cinnamon aids in digestion and can help with nausea and heartburn. Rosemary A favorite among many for culinary uses, this fragrant herb can be found in the stores in November and December as a miniature Christmas tree. Bring one home and plant it outside to reap the culinary benefits later. Rosemary can grow to be very large. However, it can also be susceptible to freezing in very cold…

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