Whey Herbie Likes Herbs
As you probably understood by now I like gardening and I like Herbs.
Herbs are usually considered as plant with aromatic properties and are mainly used spice foods and for preparation of herbal teas. Herbs also contain many phytochemicals including antioxidants . Herbs are used in many religions as well. In Hinduism a form of Basil called Tulsi is worshipped as a Goddess for its medicinal value since the Vedic times. Herbs are generally easy to please and require only well drained, nutrient rich soil for their success. One of the herbs that is easy to grow is Basil. To grow the herb basil one needs to know a few things and it is important to learn how to grow basil before one proceeds to start a herb garden with basil. Once you start growing your own herb basil you will see that it can be used in many great basil recipes. By adding organic matter in the form of mulched leaves and manure each fall, your herbs will grow with vigour and be protected from winter cold.
Herbs are also an easy addition to the container garden. Either a mixed pot of herbs or mixed in with summer annuals, they grow and produce an abundant supply of fresh herbs. Herbs are not a cure-all for serious diseases for which medical treatment must be sought. Herbs are classified in two major dimensions. The first dimension refers to the temperature characteristics of the herb, namely hot (re), warm (wen), cold (han), neutral (ping), and aromatic.
Herbs are a special group of plants used for flavoring and scents. Many herbs used in flavoring foods and teas (culinary herbs) can be grown in Mississippi gardens. Herbs are generally easy to grow, but, like most things, it is best to know a little about them first. Herbs are used to control pests, to provide essential vitamins and minerals, to give flavour to food and to enhance the quality of our lives by adding perfume and pleasure. They can be beautiful as well as practical.
Herbs are small flowering plants, and there are hundreds of different kinds, each with its own special properties. Usually it is the leaves that are valued, but it can be the flowers or the stem. Herbs are often planted in theme gardens such as Biblical gardens, scent gardens, tea gardens, kitchen gardens and apothecary gardens. Many herbs can also be incorporated into the regular flower or mixed border. Herbs are sufficiently dry when they are brittle and crumble easily. When the leaves are dry, separate them from their stems and package the leaves in rigid containers with tight fitting lids.
Herbs are used for their chemical elements, often in concentrated forms. Herbs are used very much like standard pills and medications. Herbs are good candidates for container growing. If there isn’t a sunny location in the yard, herbs can be grown in containers placed on a sunny porch, terrace or patio. Herbs are a true gift from mother nature. They have remarkable healing properties.
Herbs are generally free of harmful bacteria, but they do contain naturally occurring microorganisms. Bacteria assays of several Chinese herb formulas (powdered crude herbs and finished tablets) reveal total bacterial counts under 300,000 per gram. Herbs are plant extracts that are being used to treat hundreds of ailments and conditions, including excess weight. Although they are only just gaining popularity in the West, they have long been a health maintenance staple in many other parts of the world. Herbs are some of the most versatile, enjoyable plants you can grow. They can flavor your food, provide the makings for a great cup of tea or scent your home and garden with their irresistible fragrance.
Herbs are sensitive to dry, stagnant air, which promotes fungal diseases and insects. Keep plenty of space between plants to help circulate air between and around them. Herbs are usually leafy and locally grown. More commonly, herbs refer to various often aromatic plants used especially in medicine or seasoning. Herbs are dry when they crumble, and stems break when bent. Check your dehydrator instruction booklet for specific details.
Medicinal herbs are used for specific purposes that are not as acute and for limited times. Food grade herbs like the herb basil are the most respected. Medicine men traveled around the country selling liniments, “pain killers”, and “roots, yarbs and squills”. As late as 60 years ago, only a few herbs were commonly used here for flavoring food: Sage, in homemade sausage and the “stuffing” in a Thanksgiving turkey or goose; Summer Savory, for the same purposes: Dill, in cucumber pickles: Caraway seeds in sauerkraut and rye bread; and Thyme, which was a favorite among people from New England, England and northern Europe. Medicinal herbs should be used carefully. Some herbs are harmless while others can be dangerous if consumed.
Fresh herbs add life to salads, vegetables, salad dressings, meat dishes, even desserts and drinks. Fresh herbs are necessary for the extraction of the oils. The fresh herbs are crushed with a mortar and pestle. Fresh herbs are always available at the grocery store or supermarket. But sometimes your recipe needs only a fraction of the packaged herb, and it would be such a waste to just throw the rest away.
Herbals are not for everyone but many of our patients use them so I believe as practitioners, we need to have some working knowledge of them if the patient wants to “give herbs a try”.