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The Healing Powers of Herbs and Spices

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Who would not like to feel better just by eating good food. Taking less medicine and giving your body a break from the side effects by using natural medicine is something you can learn how to do in this book by Cal Orey.
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The Healing Powers of Herbs and Spices by Cal Orey was an interesting read. 

There was quite a bit of information at the beginning as to the overall history of spices. That part was okay, but it did not hold my interest very well. 

What I did enjoy was the breakdown of various spices and the different recipes that went along with each. Some of these I could easily make while others seem harder either due to certain ingredients not readily available around where I live or just all of the steps that it takes to complete a recipe. 

The only other issue I had was the sugar used in recipes. I do enjoy a sweet treat now and again, but I have found cutting sugar out has also done a lot of healing on my body. I would have preferred a different sweetener, since this book is about healing. That is just a personal preference to some of the recipes. 

I received an eARC from Kensington Books and Citadel through NetGalley. All opinions are 100% my own.
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Yes, I’m “that” friend who will give you unsolicited health advice as soon as you tell me you’re suffering from something. Even if it’s the brain that’s healing. I believe the earth provides what we need and as long as we create the right environment inside, you can pretty much heal from anything. I agree that there are some things you need to visit the doctor for but for the most part, you can get healthy and feel great by adding some extra “spice” to your life. 

When I found this on Netgalley,  couldn’t open it fast enough. There’s never a limit on how much there is to learn about and to find a book that’s so comprehensive and filled with information, you can’t help but take a look.
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This is a topic that is near and dear to my heart. I would much prefer to heal my body with herbs and spices than other medicines. This book is very informative and the photographs are beautiful.

I recommend it.
This book was given to me by NetGalley and Kensington Books in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.
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This is a very lovely book, to have on your kitchen shelf and to give to any cooking aficionado.

While I have not read the other books in the series and am not a great lover of cooking, I do love to know more about spices and other goodies we use in the kitchen so this book was pretty good to me.

I loved the complexity of it: there are personal stories from the author which bring flavor to the pages, there are a lot of details about the chemistry and the history of the spices and, of course, their benefits for health. These benefits are represented in many forms, each spices has a dedicated page, but here are also charts and several health issues that have suggested herbs that can alleviate these issues. There are folk types of advice mixed in, beauty and home benefits from using herbs and a lot of recipes.

In the beginning it seemed a little shallow, as if more information was necessary. But really, what more can be said about this, after the theme of this well known spices has been rolled over and over through the pages?! So in the end I find this a pretty complex book. Highly recommend it for people who love to cook, who love to know more about ingredients and spices. It's the perfect gift idea!
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The Healing Powers of Herbs and Spices included medicinal powers, home cures, and beauty treatments.  The author is a nutrition journalist and created the Healing Powers series.  

I am not sure where I stand with this book.  There was a lot of information.  I learned things which doesn't always happen when reading about herbs since I have been using them for so long.  But the author praised Christopher Columbus a lot, like more than a few times.  I think a better person could be used as an example because of all of the horrible things that Columbus did.

There are doctor warnings which is so important when creating a book like this.  It does get repetitive at times and I don't know if I will be making the recipes, but there were a lot of them.

I read my review copy on my phone and the digital copy did have some weird formatting errors.
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I love adding spices to my food and I enjoyed reading this book and getting to know more about spices. It's a good reference book. I received a free digital copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review
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Date reviewed/posted: November 24, 2020

When life for the entire universe and planet turns on its end and like everyone else you "have nothing to do" while your place of work is once again closed and you are continuing to be in #COVID19 #socialisolation as the #secondwave is upon us,  superspeed readers like me can read 300+ pages/hour, so yes, I have read the book … and many more today.

I requested and received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley, the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review.  

From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸.

The mega-popular Healing Powers series from bestselling nutrition writer Cal Orey continues with its 9th installment, The Healing Powers of Herbs and Spices, exploring the many ways fresh herbs in your fridge and dried spices in your kitchen cupboard can provide medicinal powers, home cures, weight loss benefits, beauty treatments, and adventurous flavors and textures to enhance plant-based dishes.

The key to vibrant health for all generations is in your kitchen...

Anise, bay leaf, garlic, parsley, turmeric, and more--for thousands of years, herbs and spices have been praised for preserving and flavoring food, as well as preventing and curing illnesses. The latest research reveals that the seasonings already in your pantry--or easily found fresh in your supermarket or garden--can lower your risk for cancer, heart disease, and obesity. This A-to-Z guide catalogues the most popular and versatile herbs and spices, drawn from the Mediterranean Diet but suitable for any diet plan. You will learn how to harness herbalism to heal your body and mind.

Discover how to use nature's gifts including allspice, chives, fennel, oregano, pepper, tarragon, saffron, and special blends like Herbes de Provence to:

● Bring abundant zest to your table while lowering your cholesterol, balancing your blood sugar, and revving up your metabolism--at any age!
● Ward off colds and flu, banish a hacking cough, and even ease PMS or menopause woes, by adding tasty plant therapy to your favorite food or drink.
● Lessen your anxiety and boost your mood with aromatic natural ingredients found in dried and fresh flavorings.
● Soothe aches and pains without harmful side effects--and trigger feel-good endorphins--using sweet and savory garnishes, including edible flowers.
● Create in-home spa treatments using the same herbal potions featured at luxury spa resorts.

Caraway Breadsticks, anyone? How about Cilantro Lime Slaw, Herbal Greek Bean Soup, or Roasted Paprika Cornish Hens? With over 50 taste-tempting recipes, along with personal stories and fascinating historical anecdotes on medicinal uses dating back to biblical times, The Healing Powers of Herbs and Spices is your go-to guide to embracing limitless energy and healthy longevity while feasting on memorable meals full of aroma and deliciousness!

With a Foreword by Will Clower, Ph.D., CEO Mediterranean Wellness and author of The Fat Fallacy and The French Don't Diet Plan

This is part of a series of books on healing with common substances - honey, vinegar, tea, olive oil, etc. written by a user of natural cures, not a scientist or learned expert. There are some ideas in here that may work, and some that may not: I really didn't learn anything "new", per se, and at no time did it mention the difference between the use of said herbs and spices  in raw form or cooked which does make a big difference for some "herbs" like garlic. (Garlic is a vegetable, people!) 

It  could get you cooking with more herbs and spices which is good as it will cut down on  your salt usage, but for me it is a middle of the road book in a mostly middle of the road series of books. --- okay the essential oils one was awesome, the others middling.
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I learned quite a bit from reading this book.  I will buy this for my kitchen...I use a lot of different herbs and spices in my cooking and after I buy this book, I will have a very handy reference guide on hand!  Well written.
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Good topic. Nice tips. Good and simple recipes. There was one thing missing. It seemed most of the spices were too common. I wish there was more tips about them and more facts. Overall a book that is highly recommended to spice your food naturally instead of using too much salt in your food.
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As an avid cook I have always integrated spices in my cooking. With the Pandemic I started to recreate more elaborate dishes that I usually just eat out. I needed a guide on herbs and spices, as I needed to educate myself on the various ways of integrating these and their health benefits.  This books is amazing. Cal Orey gives a detailed list of each herb/spice and its benefits, plus recipes. This book should be in every Chef's library. Thank you to Netgalley for a preview.
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Thanks for allowing me to look at this book through an ARC service ... book has some interesting facts and uses for different types of herbs and spices. However I didn’t much care for the format the book was downloaded in. The mobi copy was choppy and the pdf didn’t download much easier....for some reason I had to turn the pages four or five times to get a new page. Still the book was informative and had recipes and historical information about each spice or herb. I’d rather see this book in full form. Lack of pictures as well made this a more generic book.
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This book was received as an ARC from Kensington Books - Citadel in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

This book had the perfect order: Name of Spice: Background: Favorite Recipe...THAT IS GENIUS!! I am a fan of almost all of the spices mentioned in this book and the powers it has to heal ailments and make your body feel its best. It is also so fascinating to me of the health benefits of these herbs and spices and they are not just for making food taste better but your body feel better. Not only will we consider this for our TX collection but, I just might consider this for my own bookshelf.

We will consider adding this title to our TX Non-Fiction collection at our library. That is why we give this book 5 stars.
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This is a standard compilation of health benefits of some of the most common kitchen herbs and spices like garlic, basil, turmeric and thyme. It does not go into dosages and does not cover some of the most potent herbs and spices for healing such as nettles, elderberries, ashwaghanda, hawthorn, and astragalus, to name a few, focusing instead on common kitchen herbs.

Each herb is profiled in general and then possible health benefits are listed. A few recipes are provided. The book is part of a series of books about the healing powers of various types of foods and substances (vinegar, honey, essential oils, etc.). I have not read the others in the series. The author is not an herbalist (not that you need to be to provide good information). Sometimes information is incomplete. For instance, the section on garlic does not talk about the importance of crushing or mincing the raw garlic first to release its most beneficial components and waiting 5-10 minutes before ingesting it (preferably raw), or that if you take a pinch of pepper with most beneficial herbs it will greatly increase their benefits since it increases the bioavailability of other herbs.

I always prefer herbal books that go into specifics regarding dosages and ways to best utilize herbs, and greatly prefer using wild herbs and local plants, but this is a nice book if you just want to read up about ways that various herbs and spices can help your health.

I read a temporary digital ARC of this book for review.
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I have always been a lover of herbs and spices and any book that speaks of them. This book was no exception. The book has some history, facts and nutritional info about the different herbs and spices, and recipes. The historical aspect was neat and different, as well as different recipes using these nutritional powerhouses. The author also shares personal info about her own history and relationship with these different herbs and spices. Lots of great information, and a great book.
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I have been looking for something like this book for Indian spices.  After spending a great deal of time in India on business I learned that they use spices and herbs for medicinal purposes.  When I found this one I was intrigued and while this covers more of the Mediterranean spices, it does have turmeric included in the covered content. 

The books is interesting in that it shares of information on the benefits and the spices and herbs included in the book.  However, the minute I saw the mention of Dr. Oz and fat burning I was over it.  That ruined a perfectly good book for me with that one entry alone.  Just because I don’t put much store in Dr Oz and miracle cures, don’t let my issues with this detract you from learning more about the spices and herbs you use on a regular basis.  You will find the recipes that include the spices to be of interest as well.  Try a few of them out and start cooking to feed body and soul.
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The Healing Powers of Herbs and Spices is a lovely in depth book full of history, information, anecdotes and recipes.  A selection of herbs and spices are addressed a chapter at a time and the author also advises on their use for healing and medicinal purposes.  It is well researched and will have you reaching into your herb cupboard to try a recipe or have a go at treating a minor ailment.  It is one of those books that you will refer back to time and time again.  It would also make a lovely gift book
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Loved all of the insight and knowledge into spices this book provides. I'm one who uses spices because they smell nice or the recipe calls for it this book offers much insight into the spice that I was lacking before. Great book for anyone wanting to know more about herbs and spices.
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A really interesting book, it’s full of facts, history and recipes. I feel like I’ve learnt loads, which to be honest I didn’t expect from this book.

Thank you NetGalley for my complimentary copy in return for my honest review.
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It's very refreshing to come across a book packed with solid, helpful information on healing and wellness that doesn't try to discredit modern medicine. There is absolutely a place for both in our lives, and crucial information is being lost in the delirium of "internet research."

The discovery of antibiotics, blood thinners, and other lifesaving medications have been a blessing to mankind. But for more common ailments and day-to-day health and wellness, it's awesome to know there are natural, non-invasive ways to boost one's health and be pro-active about immunity support.

I have long believed in the power of herbs and spices, and finding a resource like this one is wonderful. I strongly urge people to browse through it, come to their own conclusions based on their information and comfort-level, and incorporate a variety of options presented in this book into their routine health practices.

Stepped on a rusty nail? Having a heart attack? By all means, seek out modern medical interventions. Trying to stay healthy this flu season? Wear a damn mask and incorporate more herbal solutions into your daily life!
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