Herbs are nature's power plants, they have been around since time began and have helped man in every way from healing wounds and aiding digestion to feeding us, making our homes smell fresher and even helping us to sleep.
Herbs are usually green plants while spices are woody plants like cinnamon etc.
There are thousands of herbs in the world but the most commonly used in the UK are basil, rosemary, mint, marjoram, sage, parsley and thyme.
It is the essential oil inside the herb that gives it's healing, taste and aromatic qualities. This essential oil is like the blood of the plant.
When you are using fresh herbs you must always crush the leaves to allow the essential oils to come out and give you their goodness.
Herbal teas are good for all sorts of things from indigestion to headaches.
Lavender is grown as a main crop in France and is used as the key to a great many fragrances as it helps to bind other fragrances together. The name lavender comes from the Latin word Lavande which means to wash.
Many herbs (like lavender, thyme and rosemary) are antibacterial and antimicrobial meaning that they kill bugs better than a great many of our modern day chemicals.
It is only in the past fifty years that we have moved away from the use of herbs and on to the age of chemicals.
Herbs can be used all around the home;
As air fresheners, to clean your furniture, wipe down and clean your surfaces and floors.
In the bath to help you relax, cleanse and ease aching muscles.
To help you sleep and reach the land of nod.
To add flavour to your food when cooking.
To help you when you are unwell and have a headache, toothache or an upset tummy.
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