An herb is a plant that is valued for flavor, scent, medicinal or other qualities. Herbs have a variety of uses including culinary, medicinal, or in some cases even spiritual usage. General usage differs between culinary herbs and medicinal herbs. In medicinal or spiritual use any of the parts of the plant might be considered “herbs”, including leaves, roots, flowers, seeds, resin, root bark, inner bark (cambium), berries and sometimes the pericarp or other portions of the plant.
Peppermint (Mentha × piperita) is a hybrid mint, a cross between the watermint (Mentha aquatica) and spearmint (Mentha spicata). The plant, indigenous to Europe, is now widespread in cultivation throughout all regions of the world. It is a herbaceous rhizomatous perennial plant growing to 30–90 cm tall, with smooth stems, square in cross section. The rhizomes are [...]
Basil is widely used as a culinary herb. Best on Italian dishes, i.e., pastas. Basil also has medicinal purposes. The oil of the basil plant offers health benefits - as an anti-oxidant, anti-viral, and anti-microbial. It is used to treat inflammation, inflammatory bowel disease and arthritis. In the garden as a companion plant to tomatoes, it assists in the growth [...]