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Herbs Spices

The most important difference between an herb and a spice is the part of the plant where it is obtained. An herb is a plant that doesn't produce a woody stem. herbs tend to be leafy green substances and spices are found in plants that are tropical in nature

Many spices have antimicrobial properties (a substance that kills or inhibits growth of microorganisms). This is one of the main reasons spices are used commonly in warmer climates... warm climates have more infectious disease, and food is more susceptible to spoiling.

Some spices have dual uses, i.e.,  medicine in religious rituals, cosmetics or perfume production, or used as a vegetable.

Example: turmeric roots consumed as vegetable
                garlic as an antibiotic.

There are many similarities between herbs and spices, and though some differences are very subtle, they are valid.

Herbs have been used more frequently than spices in the medical field.

 from the leafy part of a plant obtained from seeds, fruits, roots, bark, or some other parts of the plant
 usually dried but can be used fresh
not as fresh as some herbs 
 found many places around the world commonly found in the Far East and tropical countries 
 have a few more uses than spices primarily used for flavoring, coloring or preserving food 
 used to augment cosmetics and preserve foods sometimes used to hide other flavors
used throughout history for medicinal purposes  
 used for flavoring or as garnish