The Herb Guide

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With their historical links to medicine, religion and food, herbs have played a fascinating role in our lives throughout the centuries. The first physicians used herbs in abundance, indeed, Hippocrates described the use of basil and sage in his works on medicine. The Bible mentions the medicinal qualities of cumin and anise whilst laurel was a favourite of the Greeks and Romans. It is rosemary, though, that would appear to have been the most widely used and loved throughout history; used in garlands, love potions and embalming fluids, Shakespeare wrote of it in Romeo and Juliet and Ophelius whilst the Roman soldiers used it to treat wounds. Whilst there are hundreds of varieties of herbs we are concentrating on those that are an essential part of any kitchen garden.

Basil
Balm
Bay
Bergamot
Borage
Burnet
Caraway
Cardoon
Chamomile
Chervil
Chicory
Chinese Parsley
Chives
Coriander
Cress
Dandelion
Dill
Epazote
Fennel
Fenugreek
Fevervew
Good King Henry
Goosefoot
Holy Basil
Horseradish
Hyssop
Juniper
Lavender
Lemon Balm
Lovage
Marigold
Marjoram
Mint
Myrtle
Nettle
Oregano
Parsley
Rosemary
Sage
Savoury
Sorrel
Sweet Ciceley
Tarragon
Thai Basil
Thyme
Verbena
Vietnamese Mint



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