We’ve all heard the saying…”an Apple a Day keeps the doctor away”…right. The reason behind that may be that apples contain a host of vitamins and minerals, are a good source of dietary fiber as well as vitamin C. There is also research to indicate that apples may help prevent a host of diseases ranging from diabetes to cancer. With this said we have to ask ourselves… is an apple food or is it medicine? Actually, I see them as one in the same, food is medicine.
What about Garlic? We all know that Garlic is wonderful to cook with, but it also contains a host of nutrients as well as other constituents which benefit the cardiovascular system, are antimicrobial, may help to prevent cancer and improve metabolism of iron.
Culinary herbs and spices added to foods not only help to improve the taste of dishes, but also allow us to incorporate their numerous medicinal benefits to all of our meals. Cinnamon, fennel, rosemary, thyme or most any culinary herb you can think of has been used as both food and medicine since the beginning of time. I’ve always had a passion for cooking and as a herbalist I try to get the most out of every meal by adding foods that I know to be healing as well as incorporating as many herbs and spices to my dishes as I can.
Sometimes it can be really challenging coming up with new recipes that are both tasty and healthy. Fortunately, I just found out about a class that John Gallagher at Learningherbs.com is hosting on Culinary Herbalism . The class will be given by K.P. Khalsa who has over 30 years of experience as a herbalist, is the President of the American Herbalists Guild and the author of several books on natural health. K.P. Khalsa is presenting this class to teach people how to use herbs as food and to use food as medicine. This class will also include various meal preparations using therapeutic herbs, over 19 recipes, and lots of information on using herbs to improve and benefit various health conditions.
One thing I really like about this class is that it is a self paced so you can do it online and at your own pace. John at Learningherbs.com does such a great job on hosting these events and they are definitely an organization worth supporting. I’m looking forward to the class and hope you will check it out to see what you think. Just go to CulinaryHerbalism.com and John has posted a video about the course and more information on K.P. Khalsa. John is really great at giving away free information and has posted several recipes that will be included in the class. This class opens tomorrow April 19th and will only be offered through April 23rd so the sooner you get registered the better.