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Transform Everyday Ingredients into Foods and Remedies That Heal

Rosalee de la Forêt

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 2017 by Rosalee de la Forêt 

About the Author
Rosalee de la Forêt, RH, is passionate about helping people discover the
world of herbalism and natural health. She is a Registered Herbalist with the
American Herbalist Guild and the Education Director at LearningHerbs. She is
also the author of the online courses The Taste of Herbs, Herbal Cold Care, and
Apothecary: The Alchemy of Herbs Video Companion. When she is not
immersed in herbs, you can find her taking photos of nature, kayaking with her
husband, or curled up in a hammock with a good book.
See more of Rosalee’s articles and recipes at

“In this practical book, Rosalee de la Forêt reintroduces us to familiar kitchen
herbs and spices, helping us to see them in a new light. Through personal and
intimate storytelling, she teaches how to match herbs to people effectively
instead of using them as pharmaceutical alternatives. Drawn in by the abundant,
delicious recipes, you may come to this book as a home chef, but you will leave
as an herbalist, transformed by the power of Rosalee’s alchemy.”
— Guido Masé, author of The Wild Medicine Solution and DIY Bitters
“Alchemy of Herbs puts the power of some of the most potent herbal medicines
on the planet into your hands. These medicines have been tried and tested for
millennia. And now, by combining ancient wisdom with modern scientific
understanding, Rosalee de la Forêt helps you put nature’s pharmacy to work.
Whether you want more energy, better digestion, deeper sleep, or to get sick less
often, Alchemy of Herbs will give you the knowledge you need to restore your
health and to contribute to lasting wellness. At once inspirational and deeply
practical, this is a book to treasure, and to keep close at hand for the rest of your life.”
— Ocean Robbins, co-host and CEO of The Food Revolution Network
“It’s rare to find a writer who can describe complex ideas with such clarity and
skill that anyone can grasp their subject—Rosalee de la Forêt is one of those
souls. In this book, she’s broken down the energetic qualities and medicinal uses
of herbs into an accessible and coherent format. If you’ve ever struggled with
matching herbs to people—the true gift of an herbalist—Rosalee gives you the
tools to understand how herbs can effectively 'nudge' the body’s leanings back
into a state of balance. Alchemy of Herbs contains detailed medicinal profiles,
zesty recipes, and time-honored plant wisdom. The perfect makings of a top-shelf
herbal book that you will treasure for years, and turn to for inspiration time and time again.”
— Juliet Blankespoor, herbalist and founder of the Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine
“This is a wonderfully accessible guide to introducing a medicine chest of
healing plants in daily life. The information is presented in a refreshingly
approachable way, by an author who loves both herbs and the simple joy they
bring into our lives. The abundant recipes show how to access the healing gifts
of the herbs as food, created to be both delicious and efficacious. True herbalism!”
— David Hoffmann, herbalist and author of Medical Herbalism and Holistic Herbal
“Another green blessing of herbal information from a practicing herbalist. What
a delight to look at the herbs that Rosalee de la Forêt loves and to encounter her
avid desire to include you in the joy of herbal medicine.”
— Susun S. Weed, author of the Wise Woman Herbal series
“I first met Rosalee de la Forêt several years ago and was immediately
impressed with her knowledge, passion for herbal medicine, and ability to
clearly communicate this information. It turns out she is also a very good writer,
and it is with great pleasure that I now hold her first book in my hands. Alchemy
of Herbs is a wonderful introduction to 29 common herbs and spices, allowing
you to understand how to use them safely and effectively for home health care,
how to make your own kitchen medicines, and how to make tasty recipes so you
can incorporate them into your diet.”
—David Winston, RH (AHG), clinical herbalist, ethnobotanist, and author
of Adaptogens: Herbs for Strength, Stamina, and Stress Relief
“So many books geared toward those just beginning to explore the world of
medicinal plants offer very basic ‘take this herb for that problem’ information,
under the assumption that the foundational underpinnings of herbalism are
somehow ‘too hard’ for beginners to grasp. Here, in plain English, Rosalee de
la Forêt shows us that the way that herbalists choose herbs for individual people
with particular imbalances isn’t some magical power or a skill attainable only
by those who can devote their lives to intense study. Instead, it is rooted in
common sense patterns that anyone can learn to recognize, given a model to do
so. That this is done using familiar herbs and spices available to all is an
invaluable bonus. A book for everyone.”
— jim mcdonald, herbalist and founder of
“Herbal medicine can offer so much. But where to start? How do you know what
herbs are good for you, and how to separate fact from fiction? Rosalee de la
Forêt presents an excellent approach to learning the rich world of herbs. As an
experienced educator and practitioner she weaves together tradition,
experience, and science to present a holistic view of each of the plants, while
providing specific and practical advice for how you can bring them into your
home and life. Alchemy of Herbs is a treasure for any health-seeker’s bookshelf.”
— Renee Davis, RH (AHG), founder of Goldroot Botanical Medicine
“Many books introduce readers to herbs and their activities, but Rosalee de la
Forêt skillfully introduces people instead to herbalism—the nuanced art of
matching plants to people. Drawing energetic traditions into a modern context
and right into our kitchens, she provides a simple and elegant system to look
beyond symptoms and generic cures and into the heart of true herbal healing.”
— Larken Bunce, clinical herbalist and co-director of Vermont Center for
Integrative Herbalism
“Alchemy of Herbs is a must-read for any herbalist, whether fledgling or
experienced! Part reference guide, part recipe book, and part herbal, this is a
book that every herbalist will reach for again and again. Rosalee de la Forêt
has a knack for teaching others how to use herbs in the best way possible by
matching people to herbs. This book is the definitive guide for the subject, giving
anyone the confidence to use herbs to their fullest potential. Each chapter is
engaging, relaying herbal information through a variety of anecdotal stories,
scientific studies, and traditional usage, mixed with a variety of unique and
inspiring recipes and gorgeous photographs. This is a book you will want to
leave sitting out on your desk, coffee table, and kitchen counter, all at the same time.”
— Kristine Brown, RH (AHG), herbalist and author/illustrator of Herbal Roots Zine
“Alchemy of Herbs is a sensory wonder, bringing us our medicines in the most
delightful and tantalizing way they can be experienced: as culinary medicines.
Step away from the bottle and the capsule and experience herbs in the full
richness they can offer both as medicines and as partners in a life rich with plants.”
— Bevin Clare, associate professor of Integrative Health at Maryland
University and president of the American Herbalist Guild
“As a French herbalist, I have a particular affinity for herbs that are both
culinary and medicinal. We have a long tradition of healing food where I live in
the South of France, mainly through the incorporation of aromatic herbs in our
daily meals. Alchemy of Herbs is what I had been hoping for for years. Rosalee
de la Forêt sends us a very important message: health does not necessarily
mean yucky potions. This book brings together beautiful pictures, tasty recipes,
and health recommendations from an expert healer. In a nutshell: this an
invitation to cooking for a long and healthy life.”
— Christophe Bernard, founder of
“Informative, concise, knowledgeable, and generous . . . Rosalee de la Forêt's
sophisticated approach and her personal experience with herbs comes through
in her beautiful recipes, which eloquently combine food and herbal medicine.
Keep this book on your kitchen shelf—you’ll refer to it for healing and
inspiration, always!”
— John Slattery, author of Southwest Foraging
“In this inspiring and practical book, Rosalee de la Forêt empowers you to
awaken your senses in order to choose the best herbs for your needs. And what
better way to experience the benefits and pleasures of herbs and spices than in
the kitchen? Whether you’re brand-new to herbs or have been using them for
years, you’ll love these enticing recipes for delicious drinks, everyday meals,
and simple remedies.”
— Emily Han, author of Wild Drinks & Cocktails: Handcrafted Squashes,
Shrubs, Switchels, Tonics, and Infusions to Mix at Home
“In Alchemy of Herbs, author Rosalee de la Forêt joyously shares her deep
wisdom of herbs to inspire and empower us to transform our kitchens into
nature’s apothecary where delicious, healing foods and herbal remedies pour
forth. Golden Milk, Hawthorn Cordial, and Nettle Leaf Dukkah are just a
sampling of the many tasty, curative recipes offered. She unveils the enchanting,
yet readily accessible world of herbalism that makes me fall right back in love
with the plant kingdom; and you will too!”
— Dina Falconi, herbalist and author of Foraging & Feasting: A Field
Guide and Wild Food Cookbook
“In her wonderfully written book, Alchemy of Herbs, Rosalee de la Forêt
encourages the reader to 'break free from the insanity of the One-Solution
Syndrome' by choosing personalized herbal formulations based on what our own
senses tell us our bodies need. What better scenario is there for using our senses
to divine this knowledge than cooking with flavorful and aromatic healing herbs
and spices? Self-empowerment begins in the kitchen as Rosalee tempts us with
dozens of mouth-watering recipes and encourages us to ‘move forward with the
mind-set of an explorer.’ Those new to plant-based healing as well as
experienced herbalists will find that this beautifully illustrated book exemplifies
the heart and soul of herbal healing through delicious food as powerful medicine.”
— Jeff Carpenter, author of The Organic Medicinal Herb Farmer: Ultimate
Guide to Producing High-Quality Herbs on a Market Scale
“Rosalee de la Forêt has done a wonderful job of melding both the culinary and
medicinal uses of herbs in a way that allows just about anyone to incorporate
herbs into their daily lives. The recipes in Alchemy of Herbs are not only very
appealing, but simple enough for the novice cook or herbalist. For those who
are looking to spice up their lives and improve their health, I would say that this
is the book for you.”
— Natalie Vickery, herbalist and founder of
“Rosalee de la Forêt has broken down some of the more complex parts of herbal
medicine into clear and straightforward pieces. It’s very practical, but not at the
expense of art and beauty. This book will be a classic.”
— Traci Picard, herbalist and founder of
“It’s exciting to watch more and more people becoming empowered in taking
better care of themselves and their families with the use of herbs and spices.
Rosalee de la Forêt shares concepts like energetics and taste in such a way that
makes it easier for people to understand them, and how to find which herbs are
best for them as individuals. I’m sure that this book will prove invaluable to
those wishing to make that leap into feeling comfortable and confident in making
herbs a part of their lives. Everyone will learn something new!”
— Tina Sams, editor of Essential Herbal Magazine and author of Healing Herbs
“I highly recommend Rosalee de la Forêt's lovely collection of personal stories,
recipes, and herbal information. Reading it is like working in the kitchen
alongside the delightful Rosalee, whose talent and experience with herbs is
expert. Her book is unique in that it explains both the chemistry and the
energetics of medicinal herbs and at the same time introduces their use in a
friendly and inviting way.”
— Holly Bellebuono, author of The Healing Kitchen and The Essential
Herbal for Natural Health
“Rosalee de la Forêt's book is an excellent introduction to the energetics and
science behind the use of our most common culinary and medicinal herbs,
providing the reader with a solid foundation for further learning and exploration.”
— Todd Caldecott, Dip. Cl.H., RH (AHG), CAP (NAMA), Ayurvedic
practitioner, medical herbalist, and author of Food as Medicine

Table of Contents
PART I: your introduction to herbs and spices
Chapter 1: The Benefits of Herbs and Spices
Chapter 2: How Do We Know Herbs Can Do That?
Chapter 3: Matching Herbs to You—Not to an Ailment
Chapter 4: How to Get the Most Out of This Book
PART II: the herbs
Chapter 6: CAYENNE
Chapter 7: CINNAMON
Chapter 8: FENNEL
Chapter 9: GARLIC
Chapter 10: GINGER
Chapter 11: HOLY BASIL
Chapter 12: LAVENDER
Chapter 13: MUSTARD
Chapter 14: NUTMEG
Chapter 15: PARSLEY
Chapter 16: PEPPERMINT
Chapter 17: ROSEMARY
Chapter 18: SAGE
Chapter 19: THYME
Chapter 20: TURMERIC
Chapter 21: NETTLE
Chapter 22: ELDER
Chapter 23: HAWTHORN
Chapter 24: LEMON BALM
Chapter 25: ROSE
Chapter 26: TEA
Chapter 27: ARTICHOKE
Chapter 28: CACAO
Chapter 29: CHAMOMILE
Chapter 30: COFFEE
Chapter 31: DANDELION
Chapter 33: ASTRAGALUS

Alchemy of Herbs- Transform Everyday Ingredients into Foods and Remedies That Heal
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- Essential herbs for health, beauty, and cooking -

by Michelle Schoffro Cook, PhD, DNM

Subjects: LCSH: Herbs—Therapeutic use. | Cooking (Herbs) | Self-care, Health. | BISAC: HEALTH & FITNESS / Herbal Medications. | COOKING Specific Ingredients Herbs, Spices, Condiments. | GARDENING Herbs. | COOKING Health & Healing / General.
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About the Author
Michelle Schoffro Cook, PhD, DNM, DHS, ROHP, is the author of
eighteen health books, including the international bestsellers 60 Seconds
to Slim, The Ultimate pH Solution, and The 4-Week Ultimate Body Detox Plan.
Her books have been translated into many languages, including Spanish, Greek,
Chinese, Thai, Indonesian, and Russian. She holds advanced degrees in natural
health, holistic and orthomolecular nutrition, and traditional natural medicine,
and has twenty-five years of experience in the field. Dr. Cook is a boardcertified
doctor of natural medicine who has received the Doctor of 
Humanitarian Services designation from the World Organization of Natural
Medicine and a World-Leading Intellectual Award for her contribution to natural
medicine. She is a regular blogger for and Visit

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As clinical herbalists and founders of the Harmonic Arts Botanical
Dispensary, we find Michelle Schoffro Cook’s book to be in alignment
with what we are facilitating in our company and practice: teaching people to be
their own herbalists. This concept appeals to us in many ways: It takes the power
of healing away from external entities and puts it back into the hands of each
unique being to create their own story of health. It fosters the confidence to trust
the body’s innate wisdom in working with the therapeutic properties that plants
have to offer. Most important, it allows the body to work within the natural
scope of what Mother Nature intended, thus limiting the need for man-made,
isolated chemical compounds in the form of pharmaceuticals and highly
concentrated extracts. Foreign to the body’s natural systems, these can create
harmful side effects and addictive patterns.

We view the path of wellness as a way for each person to create their own
adventure and design their unique lifestyle. Once a person is empowered with
natural health knowledge and information, they can decipher what the best
possible health choice is in any given moment. In a world full of health trends, it
can be difficult to sort out what is what. Going back to basics and looking at
what has healed people time and again throughout history and across a multitude
of indigenous cultures brings tried-and-tested validity. By comparison, our
modern allopathic medicine system is very young and limited in scope.
There is an important place for both herbal and modern medicine in the
world. In this book, Dr. Cook clearly demonstrates the complementary nature of
plants as health allies. Through our lifelong journeys of understanding health and
wellness, we have come to recognize that what comes from the earth
harmoniously aligns with our bodies, also of the earth.

In Be Your Own Herbalist, Dr. Cook not only explores traditional uses of
herbs but also gives credence to current applications, skillfully weaving
traditional herbalism with proven modern scientific methods. She offers up-todate,
scientifically validated findings of successful uses of plant medicine.
This book focuses on thirty-one medicinal plants that can be found across
multiple bioregions and are readily available fresh or dried in health-food stores
and other markets. Knowing these plants intimately is more useful than being
superficially acquainted with the larger spectrum of plant medicine. This book
guides you in exploring these thirty-one great plants in a multifaceted way,
giving you the opportunity to build with each one the kind of relationship you’d
have with a dear friend. It also allows you to work with the plants from the
outside in, preparing the herbs in a myriad of ways, from creating body-care
products that introduce the plant’s properties to the frontlines of your system to
cooking them and letting food be your medicine. Fun and varied herbal
concoctions let you play in the kitchen and discover your favorite ways of
creating wellness for yourself and loved ones.

The clear, simple, and direct communication style in which this book is
written allows for a gentle, welcoming entry point into the realm of herbalism. It
confers the sense that a nurturing, supportive figure is holding your hand as you
learn to work with herbs. Dr. Cook does a great job of breaking herbalism down
into tangible steps that allow you to start playing with plants confidently, right
away. You don’t have to be an expert to be an at-home, practical herbalist, and
this book will show you how. We are delighted to introduce such a fine work
that puts the power back into the people’s hands, allowing them to maintain
good health and vitality and cultivate longevity. We welcome you through the
doors of herbalism, as you embark on an exciting, purposeful journey into the
world of plant medicine. As Dr. Cook inspires you to live a healthy, balanced,
whole life, may you also do the same for those in your life. Viva the herbal revolution!
—Angela and Yarrow Willard, clinical herbalists and cofounders of the
Harmonic Arts Botanical Dispensary, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

Table of Contents
PART 1: Everything You Need to Get Started
Chapter 1: Your Guide to Being Your Own Herbalist
Chapter 2: Using Herbs: Know Your Infusions from Your Decoctions
PART 2: Discovering Nature’s Herbal Wonders
Chapter 3: Basil (Ocimum basilicum)
Chapter 4: Calendula (Calendula officinalis)
Chapter 5: Chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile, Matricaria chamomilla,
Matricaria recutita)
Chapter 6: Chives (Allium schoenoprasum)
Chapter 7: Cilantro (Coriandrum sativum)
Chapter 8: Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale)
Chapter 9: Echinacea (Echinacea purpurea, Echinacea angustifolia)
Chapter 10: Elecampane (Inula helenium)
Chapter 11: Feverfew (Tanacetum spp.)
Chapter 12: Garlic (Allium sativum)
Chapter 13: Ginger (Zingiber officinale)
Chapter 14: Horsetail (Equisetum arvense)
Chapter 15: Juniper (Juniperus communis)
Chapter 16: Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
Chapter 17: Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis)
Chapter 18: Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra)
Chapter 19: Milk Thistle (Silybum marianum)
Chapter 20: Mullein (Verbascum thapsus)
Chapter 21: Nettles (Urtica dioica)
Chapter 22: Oregano (Origanum vulgare)
Chapter 23: Parsley (Petroselinum sativum)
Chapter 24: Peppermint (Mentha X piperita)
Chapter 25: Plantain (Plantago major)
Chapter 26: Red Clover (Trifolium pratense)
Chapter 27: Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)
Chapter 28: Sage (Salvia officinalis)
Chapter 29: St. John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum)
Chapter 30: Tarragon (Artemisia dracunculus, Artemisia dracunculoides)
Chapter 31: Thyme (Thymus vulgaris)
Chapter 32: Valerian (Valeriana officinalis)
Chapter 33: Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)
Appendix: A Word to the Wise about Mainstream Herbal Reporting
About the Author

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Herb directory
The history of herbs, their uses, and methods of cultivation
are fascinating, rewarding topics. This practical guide to
more than 100 herbs, most of which can be grown in a
home garden, tells you how to cultivate, use and store herbs.

Aloe vera Angelica Anise Anise hyssop Arnica Artemisia
Basil Bay Bergamot Borage Box BrahmiBurdock
Calendula Caraway Catnip Celery Chamomile Chervil Chilli
Clove pinks Comfrey Coriander Curry plant
Dandelion Dill
Echinacea Elder Eucalyptus Evening primrose Eyebright
Fennel Feverfew Flax
Galangal Garlic and onions Ginger Ginkgo Ginseng Gotu kola
Heartsease Hops Horseradish and wasabi Horsetail Hyssop
Iris Jasmine Lavender
Lemon balm Lemon grass Lemon verbena Licorice Lime Lovage
Mallow and hollyhock Marjoram and oregano Meadowsweet Mint
Nettle Parsley Passionflower
Peony Perilla Plantain Poppy Primrose and cowslip Purslane
Red clover Rocket or arugula Rose Rosemary
St John’s wort Sage Salad burnet Savory Scented geranium
Sorrel Sweet cicely Sweet myrtle Sweet violet Sweet woodruff
Tansy Tarragon Tea Tea tree Thyme Turmeric
Valerian Vervain Viburnum
Watercress and nasturtium White horehound
Yarrow Trees Berries Spices

Herbs have been used for thousands of years to flavor and preserve food,
treat ailments, ward off pests and diseases, freshen the air, and decorate
and enhance our lives. Over the centuries they have also become
associated with fascinating myths, legends, and folklore.
In general terms, an herb is a plant that is valued for its flavor, aroma,
or medicinal properties, and different parts of an herb — such as the
stalks, flowers, fruits, seeds, roots, or leaves — may have important
applications. From small herbs growing beside our highways to bushy
shrubs in mountain areas to tall trees in lush tropical rain forests, there
are literally thousands of plants all over the world that belong to the herb family.

traditional knowledge and herbal wisdom with up-to-date advice from
gardening experts, herbalists, natural therapists, cleaning specialists, craft
experts, and cooks to show you how to grow herbs successfully and make
the best use of them in your daily life. The comprehensive information
on more than 100 herbs in the A-to-Z directory, together with the
chapters on how to use them, will enable you to improve your health,
save money, and use fewer chemicals in your home.
With gardening know-how, safe herbal remedies, natural beauty
products, innovative craft ideas, herbal cleaning items, and delicious
recipes, this practical reference guide to herbs is packed with information
and illustrated with beautiful photographs. We hope you will find it a
source of inspiration.

Table of Contents
Herb directory
An A-to-Z guide to more than 100 herbs and the various ways to use
them Gardening
Information on growing herbs successfully, from backyard to windowsill
Herbal medicine
Herbal remedies to boost general health and well-being and treat
common ailments Natural beauty
Body and beauty treatments to cleanse and pamper, using herbs and
essential oils Around the home
From kitchens to bathrooms, from clothes to pets…the herbal solutions
that work best Crafts
Contemporary and traditional projects that are easy to do and lovely to
look at Cooking
Delicious, simple recipes that showcase herbs and spices from around the
world Photography credits

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Herbs for Growing & Gathering, Cooking & Crafts, Health & Beauty, History, Myth & Lore

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Introduction to
Llewellyn’s Herbal Almanac
More and more people are using herbs, growing and gath-ering them and
studying them for their enlivening and healing properties. Whether in the
form of a refreshing herbal tonic, a critter-friendly garden, or a new favorite
recipe, herbs can clearly enhance your life.
In the 2016 edition of the Herbal Almanac, we once again feature innovative
and original thinkers and writers on herbs. We tap into the practical, historical,
and enjoyable aspects of herbal knowledge—using herbs to help you reconnect
with the earth, enhance your culinary creations, and heal your body and mind.
The thirty articles in this almanac will teach you everything from making your
own love charms to using flower and vibrational essences to improve your
health. You’ll also learn how to identify poisonous and non-poisonous
mushrooms, create your own shade garden, and serve up a culinary concoction
that’ll wow the crowds. Enjoy!

By Jill Henderson
A kitchen without herbs is like a carnival without rides—boring! Cooking with
freshly picked or dehydrated herbs turns plain, everyday food into exciting
gourmet fare. And you just can’t beat the price! In fact, growing your own
kitchen herbs is one of the easiest and most rewarding pastimes you will ever
engage in—and it’s terribly addictive, too.
If you are already familiar with growing flowers and vegetables, adding herbs
to your repertoire should be a breeze. For those new to gardening or growing
herbs, the following guidelines will go a long way to help you grow your own
flavorful and healthful herbs and spices. You will no doubt enjoy the experience,
and everyone who sits at your table will thank you for it!....

Table of Contents
Introduction to Llewellyn’s Herbal Almanac
Growing and Gathering Herbs
Grow Your Own Herbs and Spices: Ten Easy Steps to Success by Jill Henderson
Barley: An Ancient Grain for Modern Healthy Lifestyles by James Kambos
Herbal Healing for the Land: Permaculture and the Herb Garden by Clea
Danaan Fenugreek by Estha McNevin Misunderstood Mint by Charlie
Rainbow Wolf Wildcrafting “Weeds” by Dallas Jennifer Cobb The World
Beneath Our Feet: Microorganisms in the Garden by JD Hortwort Shade
Gardens by Emyme Culinary Herbs
A Salute to Spuds by Alice DeVille Go a-Blackberrying by Natalie Zaman
Tarragon Is More Than Just a Name; It’s a Flavor by Anne Sala Boletes:
Friendly Fungi for the Foraging Herbalist by Cliff Seruntine Pickling for
Beginners by Deborah Castellano Herbs for Health and Beauty
What the Bee Knows: The Happy Herbs by Tiffany Lazic Quell Your Anxiety
with Plant Spirit Energy by Stephanie Rose Bird Herbal Help for Chronic
Diseases and Conditions by Sally Cragin Herbs for Mental Clarity and Peace
by Darcey Blue French Cream of the Crop: Herbal Balms and Salves by
Elizabeth Barrette Herb Crafts
Herbal Perfumes by Suzanne Ress Deep Sleep Using Nature’s Medicine Cabinet
by Stephanie Rose Bird Natural Insect Repellents Made from Essential Oils by
Peg Aloi What Dreams Are Made Of: Your Very Own Dream Garden by
Monica Crosson The Herb Cupboard: Taking an Inventory by Doreen
Shababy Herb History, Myth, and Lore
Georgia O’Keeffe’s Garden by Thea Fiore-Bloom Stalking the Wild Oregano by
Jill Henderson Roots of Gold: Turmeric by Diana Rajchel Vibrational and
Flower Essences by Danu Forest Hollies I Have Known by Linda Raedisch
Herbs and Trees of the Northwest Coniferous Forest by Susan Pesznecker
Herbal Love Charms: A Little Look at the Folklore by Laurel Reufner Moon
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a Complete guide to the natural health-boosting benefits of everyday spices

Michelle Robson-Garth, BHSc

Letter to the Reader

Dear Reader, I hope with this book you see your spice rack in a whole new light
and develop a deeper appreciation for spices and their therapeutic attributes. I
want you to discover the beneficial role spices can have in improving your
health, your diet, and your palate. Spices (and culinary herbs) can have a large
application in your diet, health, and wellness. Some of the spices you may know,
while others might be completely new to you. I hope you enjoy this book.
Best wishes, Michelle Robson-Garth
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The Top 10 Reasons You Should
Add Some Spice to Your Life
1. Spices can help make your skin more beautiful and healthier.
2. Spices can aid your digestive system to help break down and absorb your food.
3. Spices may help you get your appetite back if you are experiencing low hunger levels.
4. Spices can help reduce flatulence and bloating.
5. Spices can help improve the general health of your cardiovascular system.
6. Spices are easily found and can be bought at most grocery stores.
7. You can add spices to your diet to expand your palate.
8. Spices can improve metabolic health and weight loss.
9. Spices can help reduce inflammation and pain in the body.
10. Spices can help you prevent and recover from the common cold and flu.

When you think of spices, you might think of the spice rack hanging on your
kitchen wall, and all the different jars and bottles you’ve used in your cooking.
Spices can do so much more than just flavor your favorite dish. Spices have been
used for medicinal purpose for thousands of years. They play an important role
in healing and health in many cultures.
Because your health is generally thought to be improved by your diet, or the
food you eat, many believe that what you eat can play a role in preventing many
modern health complaints and conditions. What you put into your body can
impact your body’s health. That’s why choosing to add different healing spices
and herbs to your diet can vastly improve your overall health.
In this book, you will not only discover how to use spices to cook exciting
new recipes, but you will also learn the many applications of spices and how
they can impact the health of various body systems, and may help relieve
symptoms of illness. Interest in natural remedies is increasing and with good
reason. According to the National Health Interview Survey released in 2008, 38
percent of U.S. adults over the age of eighteen and about 12 percent of children
have used complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). In CAM, herbs and
spices are used as a part of the diet for medicinal purposes. Nutritional plants
have been a major part of almost every culture in one way or another for years.
In fact, herbal medicines were originally a part of medical pharmacopeias. These
days, the main forms of complementary medicines used are nutritional and
herbal products, as well as massage, acupuncture, naturopathy, and yoga. When
used correctly in the right amounts, and when suited to an individual’s health,
CAM in forms like herbs and spices are very safe and beneficial.
Don’t be afraid to experiment with new spices and flavors, but be sure to do
your research about every new herb or spice you introduce into your diet.
Spices have many uses to help support good health. From helping to reduce
inflammation and pain to supporting digestive health and improving memory,
spices can offer tasty additions to your diet as well as benefits that may extend to
the whole family. In the next few chapters, you’ll explore a variety of herbs and
spices, and learn how the right combinations can help you feel your best.

Table of Contents
Letter to the Reader
Welcome to the Everything Series!
Title Page
Copyright Page
The Top 10 Reasons You Should Add Some Spice to Your Life
Chapter 1: Introduction to the Benefits of Spices
What Are Spices?
A Brief History of Spices and Medicinal Plants
Flavors of the World
Systems of Traditional Medicine
Healing Properties of Spices
Spiritual Aspects of Spices
Spiritual Paths, Traditional Cultures, and the Use of Spices
Chapter 2: Cooking with Spices
Buying, Storage, and Safety
Preparing Spices and Useful Equipment
Cooking with Spices
Spice Mixes
Chapter 3: Spices for a Healthy Immune System
Innate Immunity
Adaptive Immunity
Foods and Tips for a Healthier Immune System
Actions for the Immune System
Spices for the Immune System
Specific Spices for the Immune System
Chapter 4: Spices for Inflammation
What Is Inflammation?
Inflammation and Health Issues
Anti-Inflammatory Foods
Anti-Inflammatory Spices
Chapter 5: Spices for Digestion
The Importance of a Healthy Gut
What Does the Gut Do?
The Immune System in Your Gut
The Mind in Your Gut: “The Second Brain”
Healthy Teeth and Gums
Improving Poor Digestion
Warming Spices
Soothing the Gut
Spices to Soothe the Gut
Keeping Your Liver Healthy
Spices (and Herbs) for a Healthy Liver
Simple Nutritional and Exercise Tips for a Healthy Gut
Caution for Spices in the Gastrointestinal System
Chapter 6: Spices for Brain Health, Better Cognition, and
Brain Health, Better Cognition, and Happiness
How Stress Affects Your Brain Health
Self-Care Routines
Foods for Brain Health and Happier Moods
Spice Actions for Brain and Mental Health
Spices for Brain Health and Better Memory
Spices for Less Stress and Happier Moods
Caution with Certain Spices and Mental Health Issues
Chapter 7: Spices for Musculoskeletal Health
Common Musculoskeletal Problems and Issues
Foods for Musculoskeletal Health and Wellness
Spices for Musculoskeletal Health
Chapter 8: Spices for Beautiful Skin
Skin Disorders
Spice Actions for Beautiful Skin
Foods for Beautiful Skin
Spices for Beautiful, Healthy Skin
Chapter 9: Spices for a Healthy Cardiovascular System
Cardiovascular Issues
Causes of Cardiovascular Disease
Tips for a Healthy Cardiovascular System
Spices for Cardiovascular Health
Chapter 10: Spices for Weight Loss
Obesity and the Modern Lifestyle
Foods and Tips for Fat Loss
Spices for Weight Loss
Chapter 11: Additional Information and Spice Materia Medica
Spice Combinations, Cooking Ideas, and Uses
General Information on Popular Spices
Chapter 12: Recipes
Cinnamon and Banana Smoothie
Poha (Rice Breakfast Dish)
Cardamom Lassi
Spiced Stewed Fruit
Toasted and Spiced Granola
Thyme Garlic and Pepper Mushrooms
Gobi Aloo Subji
Sumac and Walnut Salad
Spinach with Garlic and Chili
Rasam (Spicy Soup)
Tempered Rice
Tomato Gravy
Mung Bean Dahl
Basic Indian-Style Curry with Lamb
Jaya’s Rendang Curry
Immune-Boosting Asian Chicken Soup
Szechuan Pepper Chicken and Noodle Soup
Charakku Curry Powder
Chicken Charakku Curry
Vegetarian Charakku Curry
Chili Oil
Ginger and Garlic Paste
Homemade Vanilla Extract
Barbecue Meat Rub
Chicken or Fish Dry Spice Rub
Fresh Ginger Syrup
General Decoction
Ginger Tea
Fennel and Peppermint Infusion
Udaipur Ginger Chai
Rose Hot Chocolate
Chili Hot Chocolate
Masala Spice Powder
Masala Chai
Turmeric, Apple, and Carrot Juice
Rose, Elder Flower, and Hawthorn Tea
Golden Milk
Easy Ginger “Beer” or Ale
Chrysanthemum and Goji Berry Tea
Rose and Hawthorn Jellies
Candied Ginger
Spiced Coconut and Date “Bliss” Balls
Persian Love Cake
Rice Pudding
Black Pepper–Infused Oil
Warming Black Pepper and Cinnamon Salve
Geraldine’s Winter Syrup and Cordial
Honey and Onion Cough Syrup
Thyme-Infused Honey
Licorice and Cucumber Face Scrub
Namak (Salt) and Adrak (Ginger)
Sage and Mint Mouthwash
Rosemary Tonic Hair Rinse
Rose and Almond Body Oil
Appendix A: Glossary
Herbal Actions Used in Western Herbal Medicine
Appendix B: Further Reading and Bibliography
Studies on Spices and Supporting Information
Appendix C: Table of Spices

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