Top Ten Herbs: St. John’s Wort

Top Ten Herbs St. John’s Wort

Hypericum perforatum, or St. John’s Wort, is an herb that grows wild in many places. It has yellow flowers shaped like five-pointed stars. It is found all over the world, including Australia, New Zealand, Eastern Asia, Europe, and North and South America. For centuries, it has been used to improve mental health.  … Read more

Basil

Basil

Basil is a common culinary herb in the mint family that can be sweet or savory. There are several varieties and their scents and tastes vary, as well. The most common include sweet basil (Ocimum basilicum) which is the one with which most people are familiar, Thai basil (O. basilicum or thyrsiflora), … Read more

Top Ten Herbs: Valerian Root

Top Ten Herbs Valerian Root

Valerian, or Valeriana officinalis, is an herb native to the continent of Europe and some areas of Asia, valerian also can be found in North America. Its root is used to make supplements, extracts, and oils to aid in sleep and other health related issues. It has a sedative effect. Health Benefits … Read more

Top Ten Herbs: Lemon Balm

Lemon Balm, Health Benefits and Side Effects, Food and Nutrition, Growing

Lemon balm, also known as balm mint, is a prolific perennial herb that belongs to the mint family. Its scientific name is Melissa officinalis. The leaves have a lemony scent. It is very attractive to honeybees. Health Benefits and Side Effects Lemon balm has been used traditionally for a long time for … Read more

Top Ten Herbs: Thyme

Top Ten Herbs: Thyme

Thyme has been used since ancient days for a variety of applications. It is aromatic and it has a distinctive scent. There are several species that are used for food and medicinal purposes, including Thymus citriodorus which has a citrusy flavor and scent, T. herba-barona which has a caraway scent, and T. … Read more

Top Ten Herbs: Dandelion

Top Ten Herbs: Dandelion

Dandelions are well known and easily recognized. The common one is either Taraxacum officinale or T. erythrospermum. Many people consider them weeds to be killed and eliminated from the yard. However, dandelions are not only bright and cheerful, they draw pollinators, and they are also immensely edible, and useful for health purposes, … Read more

Top Ten Herbs: Lavender

Top Ten Herbs: Lavender

Lavender grows as an evergreen shrub and it is a part of the mint family. Its flowers are the color we tend to associate with the word. It is common to find lavender in perfumes, makeup, and medicine, as well as some foods. Lavender is known for its recognizable scent and its … Read more

Top Ten Herbs: Echinacea

Top Ten Herbs: Echinacea

When people talk about herbal remedies for treatment and prevention of colds and flu, echinacea will often be suggested. This herb is a flowering daisy-family plant, also known as coneflowers. They grow in central and eastern North America and bloom throughout the summer. There are ten different species of echinacea. The ones … Read more

Top Ten Herbs: Oregano

Top Ten Herbs Oregano

One of the more common spices used especially in Italian dishes is oregano. A part of the mint family, oregano is also related to marjoram. Oregano has a thyme-like taste that adds much flavor and is aromatic. It is also common to find oregano oil extracted for medicinal use. Health Benefits and … Read more

Grow Your Herbs Indoors

Grow Your Herbs Indoors

Everyone does not have the luxury of opening a garden or a yard. Many people live in apartments and rentals that either do not have outdoor gardens or are not allowed one. Despite these restrictions, they can still grow their own herbs if they want to. They can have a small one … Read more

Guide to Growing Your Own Herb Garden

Guide to Growing Your Own Herb Garden

In the folk song “Scarborough Fair,” the oft-repeated list speaks of “parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme.” These are four of the most popular herbs grown in herb gardens all over the world. Of course, there are many options besides these, and which are grown in each garden is completely up to the … Read more

Top Ten Herbs: Turmeric

Top Ten Herbs: Turmeric

Herbs are plants that are used for such things as medicine, flavoring, food, or scent. Herbs have become much more popular as their uses have become more well known. Most herbs can be cultivated at home, either in an outdoor garden or inside in a pot or windowsill planter, making them a … Read more