Our kitchens are a store-house of herbs and spices that greatly improve our health. Do you have basil, oregano, cinnamon, thyme or garlic in your kitchen? Most kitchens are stocked with these valuable and well-known ingredients for health. And they are just a few of the many herbs and spices that we will cover in this course. We will talk about what they are used for and the best ways to use them and how they improve your health.
We often think that spices and herbs are included in recipes for flavor, but actually many of them were initially incorporated into the food we eat for their medicinal and health giving qualities.
Cultures throughout history have effectively treated health illnesses and injuries at home with herbs and spices. They are excellent for preventative, non-emergency and complementary medicine.
All of the herbs and spices in this course have been scientifically shown to be effective and to be very safe.
Using Herbs and spices as medicine is no more difficult than making an easy recipe or even simply steeping a cup of tea. For our own health and healing, we should use them often.
So jump right in to the course to start taking better care of your health today.
Black pepper is very warming during a cold, stimulating for digestion and energizing for your brain.
Cardamom is beneficial for clear thinking and helps to lift the spirit.
Cinnamon is warming for both colds and flu, aids digestion and lowers blood sugar.
Cloves are the perfect remedy for toothache for several reasons.
Fennel does so much more than simply provide delicious flavor, it has a number of medicinal benefits.
Be creative and think of a recipe that features fennel. Enter your recipe to the discussion board.
Basil has many surprising medicinal benefits, helping to reduce stress, insomnia and indigestion.
Together we will make a basil-rich pesto that is as delicious as it is beneficial.
Mint is both energizing and calming at the same time making it more than just a great tasting herb.
Oregano is an extremely helpful cough remedy plus so much more.
Be creative and think of a recipe featuring oregano. Enter your recipe to the discussion board.
Rosemary improves memory and concentration and is a powerful antioxidant.
Together we will make a throat gargle that is essential for relieving pain and symptoms of a sore throat.
Thyme helps reduce symptoms of colds or flu and is the best topical antiseptic around.
This common ingredient is warming and stimulating to the system providing of host of healthy benefits.
Together we will make Aztec cocoa, a healthy, spicy drink you'll enjoy drinking often.
Together we will make a simple healing oil for pain that includes only two ingredients.
Garlic is superior for many common remedies. It is one of the most amazing remedies no kitchen should be without.
Uses for garlic range from essential cold and flu care to helping ward off cancer.
Pickled garlic is the most delicious medicine and one of the best was to take this incredible food.
This is one remedy no house should be without. Make sure you stock up.
Ginger can be used both internally and topically for many ailments, and it tastes great too.
Together we will make a chai tea for boosting immunity, aiding digestion, uplifting the spirit and reducing inflammation.
Thank you for joining the course! I sincerely hope you are inspired to try your kitchen ingredients in new ways.
Elizabeth Heck is an herbalist with over 20 years experience working with plant medicines. She is a graduate from the University of Minnesota and continued her education apprenticing with world-renowned herbalists Rosemary Gladstar and Matthew Wood.
Her specialty is formulating herbal products for both therapeutic and topical use. Elizabeth is an herbal entrepreneur who successfully founded a botanical products company and an all-natural line of skin care products.
She is a frequent lecturer at herbal conferences such as the International Herb Symposium which invites top presenters from around the world. Herbal conferences closer to home include the New England Woman’s Herbal Conference and the Midwest Woman’s Herbal Conference. She additionally enjoys teaching at other venues including the legendary Sage Mountain Herbal Retreat Center. Elizabeth's teaching's are truly empowering and engaging.