An herb is technically a plant that does not have a woody stem. If a plant has a woody stem, it is referred to as a shrub, bush, or tree. The term herb is also used to describe a plant or plant part that is used for medicinal purposes. A spice is technically a plant that has aromatic properties and is used to season or flavor foods. Most spices are derived from a bark, an example would be cinnamon, a fruit, an example would be red or black pepper, and a seed such as nutmeg. Herbs can be spices and spices can be herbs. Many herbs are used to flavor foods which would define them as spice most spices can be used for medicinal purposes making it also as an herb. Spices such as turmeric, ginger, cayenne pepper, and cinnamon exert powerful anti-inflammatory properties and are beneficial for reducing silent inflammtion.
Info provided by: The Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine, by Michael Murray, ND & Joseph Pizzorno, ND
In good health,
Shana Burns, CN