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Herbs have played a vital role in the life of men from time out of time. We’ve used them for political things, for love, for our faith, our health and even for some superstitious reasons.

We’ve done things like stuffing pillows, purifying the air and removing bad smells from our homes, as well as to help us relax, sleep better and to cure various ailments.

Hanging herbs
Hanging herbs

Some were given properties that wer magical, which was probably because of something they did that helped to ease pain or cure an ailment, as many herbs have real medicinal properties.

Marshmallow herb
Marshmallow herb

The Chinese used artemisia, the Greeks considered marjoram as a tonic and the Medieval cook considerd that rosemary had a curing effect on headaches.

Herbs today are used with remarkable success in many ways such as lowering cholesterol, relaxation and aroma therapy.

Some of the many herbs that will be useful in your own herb garden for aroma therapy as well as culinary functions will be

An onion like flavor, only milder, this herb is excellent for flavoring soups and stews as well as in meat dishes such as pasties and in pot roast.

Traditionally used with meats as well rosemary imparts a somewhat pine like scent.
In addition to being a very tasty additive, it also has the added benefit of being a repellent to mosquitos and smaller insects, so that where you plant it will have a wonderful pinelike scent and be primarily mosquito free.

Oregano We’ve all used oregano as an additive to tomato dishes, as well as spaghetti sauces, soups and stews.

Parsley, a superb lightly flavored herb works well with potato dishes, can be used to cleanse the palate and to sweeten the breath if chewed.

Mint plants
Mint plants

Another favorite for the herb garden, thyme is used in flavoring soups, stews and spaghetti sauces, and freshly plucked thyme is far superior to that which is dried and sat on the market shelf for many months.

For a complete list of herbs and ways in which to use them, see our cooking and Preserving category.
If you’d like to learn more about herbs, visit The Back Yard Gardener


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