The herbs and spices in your kitchen can be powerful medicine – if you know how to use them properly. In this excerpt from Pharmacy of Flowers, the home study course on How to Use Essential Oils, Floracopeia founder David Crow discusses how to use two categories of spices commonly found in the kitchen to support your health. He reviews the benefits of both the tropical spices (clove, cardamom, cinnamon, and ginger), and the botanically similar herbaceous plants (oregano, basil, thyme, sage, and rosemary). Crow explains how to get the maximum health benefit from these plants — when to use their essential oils, and when to use the plant form in cooking.
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David Crow is one of the world’s foremost experts and leading speakers in the field of botanical medicine and grassroots healthcare. He is a master herbalist, aromatherapist and acupuncturist with over 30 years experience and is an expert in the Ayurvedic and Chinese medical systems. David is a renowned author, a poet, and is the founding director of Floracopeia Aromatic Treasures.
After graduating from the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 1984, Crow began his clinical practice of acupuncture and herbology. In 1987, his interest in Ayurvedic and Tibetan medicine took him to Nepal, where he began a series of internships with several masters of these ancient healing sciences. He has presented his vision of grassroots healthcare, preservation of botanical medicines, and the use of plants for ecological restoration to hundreds of audiences, ranging from small private groups to conferences and lecture halls, to a panel discussion with the Dalai Lama broadcast internationally to millions of viewers. He has given numerous keynote speeches, taught at conferences and colleges of naturopathic, Chinese, and Ayurvedic medicine, and been interviewed on numerous radio programs.