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Herb(s) – Intro – Benefits – Growth – Harvesting – Storing – Medical usage

There are many herb(s) growing all over the world. Whether you call them weeds or herbs, the plants are everywhere. These versatile wonders are used for everything from beautifying the landscape to accenting a meal. You will find herbs on drugstore shelves, listed as herbal remedies. There is no end to their use;

The Herb(s) and Human Effort

When you are in the garden, the anxiety and stress of the day seem to melt away. There is no time for phone calls or car pools. It is a time to relax and enjoy nature. The smell of the natural herbs floating in the air is enough to make your mind wander to faraway lands.

You can create an entire paradise with the herbs you plant in the garden. Herbs do not need to be contained in one section of the garden, either. You can plant such herbs as echinacea and calendula right in the flower beds. Black cohosh makes a fantastic backdrop to some of the other flowering herbs.

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It is a joy to be able to walk outside and pull off a sprig of mint to chew on, or clip fresh basil for a truly awesome pesto sauce. Knowing you have an entire spice shelf at your disposal can make you become a more creative chef. You may find certain herbs are just naturally able to blend together, such as cloves and cinnamon or rosemary and oregano.

Herbs and her Familiarity to Human …

As you become more familiar with the herbs and the flavors they can add to your dishes, you will become inclined to use them. You will also want to add some new varieties to the garden. Knowing there is an herb for every dish, even cakes and cookies, can make you want more of the aromatic plants.

You will find yourself being willing to try new recipes just to experiment with the herbs. The freshness in taste will show in every dish you create. You will be complimented on the blend of seasonings you have added.

Whether you decide to plant an herb garden for the simple joy of it or because you want to have the spices on hand, the effort will pay off. You can even pick the fresh herbs and dry them for gifts. There is no end to the creative ways herbs will influence your lifestyle.

Herb(s) and Her Resources

I have included some resources on the Internet for further research and reading. I hope you will enjoy the simple pleasure growing herbs can give you.

1 – An Introduction To Herbs 
2 – Herbs in the Kitchen 
3 – Growing an Herb Garden 
4 – Collecting Herbs 
6 – Storing Herbs 
7 – Adding Herbs to the Cook Pot 
8 – Homemade Herbal Mixtures 
9 – Great Sources for Seeds and Plants 
10 – Resources For Dried Herbs 
11 – The Herbal Medicine Cabinet 
12 – Summary 
13 – Resources 
14 – Sample Recipes 

These websites offer more insight to the wonderful world of herbs and their uses. You can find recipes, pictures, and even some of the folk lore associated with herbs. This is by no means the absolute authoritative list of the use of herbs. There are thousands of books available at the local library on herbs, culinary plants, and herb gardening.

I suggest you research more about the benefits of growing your own herbs in your back yard. I can not express enough the joy and satisfaction you will get when you can walk out and smell the aroma these wonderful plants offer. The sense of relaxation and peace can become quite addictive when you start growing and using your herbs.

More on Herbs and Her resource …

The Herb Society of America 
American Spice Trade Association 
Henriette’s Herbal Homepage 
American Herb Association 
Cooking With Herbs 
Culinary Herbs 

Sample Recipes

Pesto

2 cups fresh Basil leaves
½ cup fresh Parmesan (grated)
½ cup virgin olive oil
1/3 cup pine nuts
3 cloves garlic
salt and pepper to taste

Add basil and pine nuts to processor and pulse. Add the garlic and pulse once again.

Slowly drizzle in the olive oil while blending. Add the Parmesan cheese and blend until smooth. Add the salt and pepper to taste. Serve over hot pasta.

It is easiest to prepare this in a food processor. You can use a regular blender, however you may need to process longer.

Cajun Spice

1/4 pound kosher salt
1/2 cup chili powder
One/2 cup paprika
2 Tbsp onion powder
1/3 tsp cumin
3/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1-1/2 Tbsp dried thyme
2 Tbsp coarsely ground black pepper
2 Tbsp dried basil
Two Tbsp dried oregano
2 Tbsp ground coriander
1/2 tsp white pepper

Blend all the ingredients together. Store in an air tight jar or container. This is the recipe you would use to blacken fish or other meats.

Perfect Salt Substitute

1 Tbsp ground cayenne pepper
1 Tbsp garlic powder
One Tbsp onion powder
1 tsp dried basil
1 tsp dried oregano
One tsp dried thyme
1 tsp dried parsley flakes
1 tsp dried savory
One tsp ground mace
1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1 tsp dried sage
One tsp dried marjoram
1 tsp ground dried grated lemon peel
Mix until well blended. Use as you would any seasoning salt.

Thanks and Enjoy!

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