What is a herb? The dictionary says: “a plant whose stem is not woody, which dies down to the ground after flowering; a plant whose leaves etc are used for food, medicine, scent or flavor.”
Herbs have been used since the dawn of the human race. Even before people began to cook on fires, herbs were probably being harvested and used raw for food or medicinal purposes.
Most of the well known herbs can easily be grown in a garden. Because they are mostly small plants, even a very small garden such as a roof garden is sufficient. Herbs are ancient, natural plants that grew wild, so they are hardy and resistant to disease when grown in a soil and climate that is similar to their native region. Many of them can also be grown indoors.
Of course they are also used to flavor dishes in cooking. Some dishes and sauces such as pesto and mint sauce are based around one particular herb. Others, like pumpkin pie and sausages, get most of their individual flavoring from the blend of herbs that is used.
Herbs have been in our lives, our homes, our gardens and Experimenting with herbs in cooking can open the door to a new world of culinary delights especially in our kitchens.
Of course herbs can also be used to make herbal teas.As we have already seen, herbs have been used for medicinal purposes for as long as we can imagine.These days, more and more people are turning to natural forms of medicine as an alternative to commercially-produced drugs. Often they experience effective treatment with fewer allergic reactions and side effects than with conventional drugs.
An important note: This article is not offered or intended as medical advice. It is for information and entertainment only. The information is the opinion of the author, not medical fact. Only a qualified physician is qualified to give medical advice.
8 Different Herbs And Some Of The Health Benefits They Offer:
1. Agnus Castus
Helps regulate progesterone levels in women, easing menopausal symptoms plus some menstrual problems such as breast tenderness and menstrually-related migraines and acne. Do not use if taking HRT. Can be combined with Black Cohosh, Sage and Feverfew as appropriate.
Sedative. Relieves hypertension. Helps the kidneys to detoxify the body.
3. Devil’s Claw
Eases the pain of arthritis and rheumatism, and persistent back pain. Works as an anti-inflammatory, also useful for fevers. Stimulates the digestion.
Calms the gastro-intestinal tract, preventing travel sickness and nausea. May be useful for morning sickness in pregnancy (check with your doctor). Eases symptoms of colds, flu, bronchitis.
Anti-inflammatory, widely used by asthma sufferers. Also helpful for hay fever and for colds (at the early stages). Relieves the nerves, preventing nervous diarrhea, and helps with nervous exhaustion, anxiety, depression, grief and guilt.
6. Raspberry Leaf
High in calcium, useful for preventing osteoporosis. Heals wounds, relieves sore throats, canker
sores and gingivitis (gum disease).
For all throat and gum infections. Also for menopausal hot flashes. Helps with irritable bowel and diarrhea. Relieves insect bites and stings. Is said to help with failing memory in old age. A versatile herb!
Tranquilizer and sleep remedy. Helpful in panic attacks. However, can have the side effect of causing headaches in some people.
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