Healing Spices - How to Use 50 Everyday and Exotic Spices to Boost Health and Beat Disease by Bharat B. Aggarwal, PhD with Debora Yost is an amazing reference book that can be used to learn more about the medicinal properties of many spices or what some people call 'herbs' or use as therapeutic essential oils. The focus is two-fold, using spices as food enhancements and as natural medicines - there are food recipes throughout the book and a section on 'Spices as Natural Medicine, From Arthritis to Ulcers, an A-to-Z Guide to the Therapeutic Potential of the Healing Spices.’
Many medical authorities are recognizing the health benefits of herbs, spices and therapeutic essential oils as either complements or alternatives in the health care setting. Healing Spices is referenced in an article on UnitedHealthcare's website, The Healing Powers of Herbs and Spices by Kathleen Zelman, MPH, RD. The article sheds light on five popular herbs and spices; all but one are also used as therapeutic essential oils.
In reviewing the suggested resources for purchasing the spices, this author does not agree that you can buy them just about anywhere. Quality is paramount in order to see positive outcomes and because of compromised seeds, environments, manufacturing and sales goals, purchasing from dollar stores, local grocery stores and even many health food stores will not be the best resources. Non-GMO, organic or beyond organic is always preferred for any food or supplement. (Herbs and spices as therapeutic essential oils are much stronger than dried herbs and spices; they are powerhouse natural medicines and preferred for medicinal purposes. Therapeutic essential oils can be used in cooking but their medicinal properties are compromised with excessive heat, add them at the end to retain their medicinal properties.)
Healing Spices supports these and other highly regarded reference books about herbs, spices and therapeutic essential oils:
- Back to Eden by Jethro Kloss, the age old reference book about herbs (this author was introduced to it as a teenager by her paternal Grandmother)
- Healing Oils of the Bible by David Stewart, PhD, the 21st Century reference book about therapeutic essential oils (this author was introduced to it in her training as a Certified Clinical Aromatherapist)