Culinary Herbs, Part 2: The Medicinal Side of the Sweets In Your Holiday Treats!

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Welcome back for the second part of our exploration of the herbal medicine chest in your cabinet! Last episode,we talked about savory culinary herbs and how they can help you & your family. In this episode, we’ll look at delicious spices that show up in our sweeter holiday fare although no herbs we’ll discuss are actually sweet. They do, however, have the spice & warmth complimented so well by more sugary profiles. Afterall, we can’t have a spice cake without the spices, can we? The plant friends featured here are Cinnamon (Cinnamomum verum), Cardamom (Elettaria cardamomum), Cloves (Syzygium aromaticum), Ginger (Zingiber officinale), and Peppermint (Mentha × piperita), well, all the mints, really.

Some of the commonalities shared by our herbs last time we see today too. Most are carminative, which means they “ease gasiness, bloating, & tummy upset”. That’s a must during holiday feasting, right? Also helpful for the chilly weather days & nights, most are very warming, keeping our blood flowing so all those fingers and toes stay protected from the nippy air. Again, these plant friends have long historical traditions and lore.So we’ll touch on some historical points as well, often stretching all the way back to ancient Greece & Rome. How cool is that?

All of us at the Herbalist’s Path hope you have a good (if not necessarily conventional) holiday season in this crazy 2020.

Remember, different bodies react to herbs in different ways. The information presented is in no way meant to diagnose or remedy any ailment. Find out what works for you with the help of a certified herbalist, naturopathic practitioner, or other health There’s a variety of ways to get this plant medicine in your body --tinctures, capsules, teas, etc. For some ready-made tea options, check out Mountain Mel’s Herbal Teas at mountainmels.com. Use code THP15 at checkout to receive 15% off just for listening. Or make your own with bulk herbs from our partners at Mountain Rose Herbs or Oshala Farms.

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