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Spice Profile: Ginger

This herb is a perennial from the sub/tropics, used in creating different types of recipes. Some perfumes are made using ginger, as are medications and different types of condiments. It’s often used in Asian cuisine. Ginger helps with ailments such as Motion sickness Dizziness Morning sickness Arthritis Note: Consult a doctor if you are being […]

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Herb Profile: Basil

This herb is related to the peppermint. The leaves of the basil are round, often pointed. They can be used to make tea, and are dried for other purposes as well. The health benefits of basil are varied, and include Antibacterial properties Heart benefits Note: Consult a doctor if you are being treated for any […]

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Herb Profile: Bay Leaf

Bay leaf is an herb that grows on a tree, which is a bit unusual.  It‘s a bitter, spicy herb used in many recipes, and can also be used to prevent bugs from getting into foods and food areas. This is why I suggest placing them on pantry shelves. Bay has many health benefits, including […]

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Photograph by Shannon L. Buck, copyright December 29, 2016.

Herb Profile: Peppermint

Peppermint is an herb that is often used as a flavoring for many products including gum and candy. It makes a great tea, hot or cold. Peppermint is widely grown in Europe and is a very calming herb, and can help with: Headaches Anxiety Asthma Nausea Induces perspiration when needed It also has antiviral and antibacterial […]

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Oregano is an herb that has a flavor described as not only warm, but balsamic as well. It is aromatic. The name Oregano means ‘Mountian Joy’. Oregano has many essential nutrients, including: Lots of Vitamin K Iron Fiber Omega 3 fatty acids Oregano also has health benefits. They include anti-bacterial properties. Note: Consult a doctor […]

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Herb Profile: Chamomile

Chamomile, a member of the daisy family, will grow easily in a home garden or on a windowsill. The tea has been used for medicinal purposes for a long time, and are made from the flower head to take advantage of the oils. Chamomile is good for many ailments, including Anxiety Cankers Diarrhea Eczema Insomnia Gingivitis Migraines […]

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Herb Profile: Rosemary

Rosemary is an attractive herb. It is said to mean friendship, and has health benefits. Rosemary helps to prevent Cancer Menstrual cramps Digestive issues Note: Consult a doctor if you are being treated for any illnesses before using any type of food for its’ health benefits. Rosemary is very useful in cooking, and can be […]

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Herb Profile: Parsley

Parsley is a Mediterranean herb. Very aromatic, parsley is used as a seasoning as well as a garnish and is very easy to grow and dry. It is packed full of Vitamins C and A and has many antioxidants, making it very good for you. Parsley’s health benefits include Optimal health Heart health Use for […]

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Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright 2015.

Herb Profile: Chives

Popular among Greeks, Egyptians and Romans, chives are easily grown in any garden, or even where there is no garden.  They are part of the lily family, like onions and other types of herbs. Chives originated from Asia and Europe, coming to the United States later. Both the leaves and the flowers are edible. Chives […]

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