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Herbs and spices for food and health.

Herbs for medicinal use are called botanicals.
See also: Food, Health
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)
Question: What are herbs used for?
  Answer: Herbs can be used for medicine, flavor, seasoning and scent.
Question: How long do herb plants last?
  Answer: Herbs generally die back at the end of each growing season.
  Reference: The American Heritage Dictionary
The root word: Herb     Key words: Herbs, Spices     Spanish: Hierbas     French: Herbes

World Topics from our world ...
Basil Basil Basil is an annual herb belonging to the mint family. Bay Leaf Bay Leaf Bay leaves.
Bilberry Bilberry Bilberry is a perennial, ornamental shrub. Black Cohosh Black Cohosh Used for treatment of hot flashes.
Boswellia Boswellia Boswellia is a gummy resin from a tree in India. Butcher's Broom Butcher's Broom Butcher's broom.
Cascara Sagrada Cascara Sagrada Cascara Sagrada. Cayenne Cayenne Cayenne.
Chaste berry Chaste berry Chaste berry. Chickweed Chickweed Chickweed.
Cilantro or Coriander Cilantro or Coriander Used in salsa, and may kill bacteria. Red Clover Red Clover Red clover.
Cranberry Cranberry Cranberry prevents bladder infections. Curry Curry Curry powder.
Damiana Damiana Damiana is used for strengthening the nervous and hormonal systems. Dill Dill Dill.
Dong Quai Dong Quai Dong Quai. Echinacea Echinacea Reduces the symptoms and duration of colds and flu.
Elderberry Elderberry Elderberry. Evening Primrose Evening Primrose Evening Primrose oil inhibits inflammation.
Fennel Fennel Fennel. Fenugreek Fenugreek Fenugreek.
Feverfew Feverfew Effective treatment for migraine headaches, and depression. Garlic Garlic Fresh garlic cloves.
Ginger Ginger Ginger is used to treats nausea. Ginkgo Biloba Ginkgo Biloba Ginkgo biloba.
Ginseng Ginseng Ginseng. Goldenseal Goldenseal Goldenseal.
Green Tea Green Tea Green Tea. Guggul Guggul Sticky gum resin from the mukul myrrh tree.
Gymnema Gymnema Climbing plant that grows in the tropical forests of India. Hawthorn Berries Hawthorn Berries Hawthorn berries.
Horse Chestnut Horse Chestnut Horse chestnut. Horsetail Horsetail Horsetail.
Maitake Mushroom (Grifola frondosa) Maitake Mushroom (Grifola frondosa) The king of mushrooms from Japan. Milk Thistle Milk Thistle Milk thistle.
Mustard Mustard Mustard. Nettle Nettle Nettle.
Noni Juice Noni Juice Noni juice. Olive Leaf Olive Leaf Olive leaf.
Oregano Oregano Dried oregano, and fresh oregano. Psyllium Psyllium Psyllium.
Rosemary Rosemary Rosemary. Saffron Saffron Saffron.
Sage Sage Sage. Saw Palmetto Saw Palmetto Saw palmetto extract.
Shiitake Shiitake Shiitake. Slippery Elm Slippery Elm Slippery elm.
Stevia Stevia How sweet it is. St. John's Wort St. John's Wort St. John's Wort is used for short-term treatment of mild to moderate depression.
Turmeric Turmeric Turmeric. Uva Ursi Uva Ursi Uva Ursi.
Valerian Root Valerian Root Valerian help insomnia. Yohimbe Yohimbe Yohimbe.
Yucca Yucca Yucca.
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Words of Wisdom Reference
And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so.
And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
  Genesis 1:11, 12 
And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.
And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so.
  Genesis 1:29, 30 
And every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew: for the LORD God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground.   Genesis 2:5 
Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field;
In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.
  Genesis 3:18, 19 
Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things.   Genesis 9:3 
And the LORD said unto Moses, Stretch forth thine hand toward heaven, that there may be hail in all the land of Egypt, upon man, and upon beast, and upon every herb of the field, throughout the land of Egypt.   Exodus 9:22 
And the hail smote throughout all the land of Egypt all that was in the field, both man and beast; and the hail smote every herb of the field, and brake every tree of the field.   Exodus 9:25 
And the LORD said unto Moses, Stretch out thine hand over the land of Egypt for the locusts, that they may come up upon the land of Egypt, and eat every herb of the land, even all that the hail hath left.   Exodus 10:12 
For they covered the face of the whole earth, so that the land was darkened; and they did eat every herb of the land, and all the fruit of the trees which the hail had left: and there remained not any green thing in the trees, or in the herbs of the field, through all the land of Egypt.   Exodus 10:15 
And they shall eat the flesh in that night, roast with fire, and unleavened bread; and with bitter herbs they shall eat it.   Exodus 12:8 
The fourteenth day of the second month at even they shall keep it, and eat it with unleavened bread and bitter herbs.   Numbers 9:11 
For the land, whither thou goest in to possess it, is not as the land of Egypt, from whence ye came out, where thou sowedst thy seed, and wateredst it with thy foot, as a garden of herbs:
But the land, whither ye go to possess it, is a land of hills and valleys, and drinketh water of the rain of heaven:
A land which the LORD thy God careth for: the eyes of the LORD thy God are always upon it, from the beginning of the year even unto the end of the year.
  Deuteronomy 11:10-12 
My doctrine shall drop as the rain, my speech shall distil as the dew, as the small rain upon the tender herb, and as the showers upon the grass:
Because I will publish the name of the LORD: ascribe ye greatness unto our God.
  Deuteronomy 32:2, 3 
And Ahab spake unto Naboth, saying, Give me thy vineyard, that I may have it for a garden of herbs, because it is near unto my house: and I will give thee for it a better vineyard than it; or, if it seem good to thee, I will give thee the worth of it in money.   1 Kings 21:2 
And one went out into the field to gather herbs, and found a wild vine, and gathered thereof wild gourds his lap full, and came and shred them into the pot of pottage: for they knew them not.   2 Kings 4:39 
Therefore their inhabitants were of small power, they were dismayed and confounded; they were as the grass of the field, and as the green herb, as the grass on the house tops, and as corn blasted before it be grown up.   2 Kings 19:26 
Whilst it is yet in his greenness, and not cut down, it withereth before any other herb.   Job 8:12 
To satisfy the desolate and waste ground; and to cause the bud of the tender herb to spring forth?
Hath the rain a father? or who hath begotten the drops of dew?
Out of whose womb came the ice? and the hoary frost of heaven, who hath gendered it?
The waters are hid as with a stone, and the face of the deep is frozen.
  Job 38:27-30 
For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb.   Psalms 37:2 
He causeth the grass to grow for the cattle, and herb for the service of man: that he may bring forth food out of the earth;
And wine that maketh glad the heart of man, and oil to make his face to shine, and bread which strengtheneth man's heart.
  Psalms 104:14, 15 
And did eat up all the herbs in their land, and devoured the fruit of their ground.   Psalms 105:35 
Better is a dinner of herbs where love is, than a stalled ox and hatred therewith.   Proverbs 15:17 
The hay appeareth, and the tender grass sheweth itself, and herbs of the mountains are gathered.   Proverbs 27:25 
For so the LORD said unto me, I will take my rest, and I will consider in my dwelling place like a clear heat upon herbs, and like a cloud of dew in the heat of harvest.   Isaiah 18:4 
Thy dead men shall live, together with my dead body shall they arise. Awake and sing, ye that dwell in dust: for thy dew is as the dew of herbs, and the earth shall cast out the dead.   Isaiah 26:19 
Therefore their inhabitants were of small power, they were dismayed and confounded: they were as the grass of the field, and as the green herb, as the grass on the housetops, and as corn blasted before it be grown up.   Isaiah 37:27 
I will make waste mountains and hills, and dry up all their herbs; and I will make the rivers islands, and I will dry up the pools.   Isaiah 42:15 
And when ye see this, your heart shall rejoice, and your bones shall flourish like an herb: and the hand of the LORD shall be known toward his servants, and his indignation toward his enemies.   Isaiah 66:14 
How long shall the land mourn, and the herbs of every field wither, for the wickedness of them that dwell therein? the beasts are consumed, and the birds; because they said, He shall not see our last end.   Jeremiah 12:4 
Which indeed is the least of all seeds: but when it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs, and becometh a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in the branches thereof.   Matthew 13:32 
But when it is sown, it groweth up, and becometh greater than all herbs, and shooteth out great branches; so that the fowls of the air may lodge under the shadow of it.   Mark 4:32 
But woe unto you, Pharisees! for ye tithe mint and rue and all manner of herbs, and pass over judgment and the love of God: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.   Luke 11:42 
For one believeth that he may eat all things: another, who is weak, eateth herbs.   Romans 14:2 
For the earth which drinketh in the rain that cometh oft upon it, and bringeth forth herbs meet for them by whom it is dressed, receiveth blessing from God:
But that which beareth thorns and briers is rejected, and is nigh unto cursing; whose end is to be burned.
  Hebrews 6:7, 8 
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