Herbs and Spices: For several years, I have been using herbs and spices in my personal care and my pets’ care on a daily basis. It’s not as simple as you may think; continuing education and research are important when using herbs and spices as remedies. I continue to learn through online research, books, and webinars from experts.
In this natural pet and personal health care series, I’ll highlight specific herbs and spices to provide information on how you can incorporate them into your life.
Please keep in mind that I am not a doctor, veterinarian, or herbalist. The content I provide is for informational purposes only. This content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical or veterinary advice, treatment or diagnosis. Always seek the advice of a professional with any questions pertaining to your health or the health of your pet, particularly if either you or your pet has a disease or immune dysfunction.
Herbs vs. Spices: First, herbs are made from the leaves of a plant, while spices are the roots, seeds, and bark. Some plants are both an herb and a spice, such as the cilantro plant. We use the cilantro leaves as an herb, and the seeds are coriander seeds, a spice.
How to Use Herbs and Spices: There are a variety of ways you can add herbs and spices into your life or the life of your pet: fresh and whole, tinctures, teas, topical applications, or capsules and tablets. What you choose will depend on the need of the patient, and how the herb or spice is best suited for that application.
Quality: Herbs and spices should come from a high-quality manufacturing process, just like any other food product you use. I use organic herbs from my own herb garden whenever possible. If that is not possible, I look for a manufacturer with quality control to ensure that the herbs are potent and fresh. I never want an herb or spice that has been treated with chemicals such as pesticides or herbicides.
Storage Tips: If you choose fresh herbs, they can be stored in the refrigerator for a few days. Moisten a paper towel and place your herbs lengthwise in a row, then lightly roll them up in the paper towel. Place the herb roll in a glass container and store in your refrigerator. If you have more fresh herbs than you can use, try freezing them in ice cube trays or drying them in a dehydrator. They won’t be as fresh or potent, but they still will work. To store dried herbs, place them in a glass jar with a tight lid and store in a dark, cool place. The dried herbs will last for several months.
I look forward to your joining my herb and spice journey to a healthier lifestyle!
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