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                                           The Use Of Herbs In A Variety Of Functions
                                                                 By Michelle Bery



   In a world with an ever critical eye towards all that is natural, organic, whole, and healthy, it is no
wonder that the use of herbs continues to gain interest. Herbs – in their natural form – are used for
everything from cooking and skin care, to health supplements and medicinal purposes. Deciphering the
extensive varieties of herbs available to us, however, can be an overwhelming and confusing process.
These enormously practical plants are ancient in their existence and limitless in their uses.

Herbs used for culinary purposes are included to add flavor to a variety of dishes. Often, a specific
culture is identified by the herbs they use in their cooking. For example, while arugula and fennel are
used often in Greek food, you will more often find cumin and ginger the stars in Thai cooking. Herbs
are used the world over to naturally enhance an array of dishes. Even fresh mint – in use in tea and in
a variety of other forms – has become a staple of our herbal repertoire.

For those in search of natural ways to increase vigor and health, medicinal herbs have been shown to
accomplish everything from sustaining and enhancing health to treating particular medical conditions.
Blackberry root has shown success in treating diarrhea, sore throat, and cough. Dandelion, an
extraordinary nutritious herb, has a history of success in treating everything from eczema to jaundice.
Ginseng, an herb enjoying an increased popularity as of late, increases metabolism and has even
been known as an aphrodisiac. Native American tribes can be largely credited with the initial uses of
many herbs in a medicinal nature.

An added benefit in the use of herbs – in any capacity – is the convenience and affordability associated
with purchasing them. Herbs can be found as near as your local grocery store, farmers market, or
health food store. Or, for the green thumbs among us, herbs can be easily grown right in your own
backyard. An herbal garden can be both visually appealing and health stimulating. There’s nothing
more convenient than having a range of herbs right at your fingertips.

Regardless of the way in which you choose to use herbs, you won’t be disappointed. Take the time to
learn about all the ways in which herbs can enhance your food, your health, and your appearance and
you’ll soon be well on your way to a more natural lifestyle.

For easy to understand, in depth information about herbs visit our ezGuide 2 http://herbs.ezguide2.com


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                                                   Creating A Basic Herb Garden
                                                          By Mr.Andrew Caxton



Growing a basic herb garden is definitely recommended if you regularly use herbs in your cooking.

If you use herbs in your cooking and you constantly need a fresh supply, then why not consider
planting them in your garden? If you do not use very many then all you have to do is purchase the
ones that you do use and create a basic herb garden.

Knowing How to Plant Your Chosen Herbs

You should find that most herbs that you purchase can be planted straight into average style soil.
However, it is worth doing a little research before you plant your chosen herbs as some do need richer
soil than others. There are also little differences between the herbs such as some of them are biennial.
Parsley is included in this and it basically means that during their first year they are not suitable to be
used in cooking. If you are planning on using a biennial herb then when it comes to its second year of
growth, place some more seeds in to grow once you have picked the herbs that you want to use now.
That way you will constantly have a fresh supply of herbs.

Generally a basic herb garden will contain herbs such as parsley, basil, sage, rosemary and oregano
and they are perfectly suited out in the sun. However they will need some amount of water if they are
to survive. Some herbs such as thyme will grow back easily, even if it dries out. Just as long as you
keep watering the herbs, they should easily thrive.

If you want to give your herbs the best chance of thriving, then you will need to plant them according to
their variety. So plant thyme plants together, parsley plants together and sage plants together and so
on. That way you can give each variety the individual attention that it may need and you can ensure
that each receives the correct amount of water too.

When it comes to deciding where to plant them, it would be a good idea to put them as close to the
kitchen as possible. This is obviously easier for you if you are planning on using them for cooking. Just
remember that as soon as you have cut them, they will need to be used straight away if you are to get
the best flavor from them.

You can usually plant some herbs with other types of plants such as tomato plants. Just remember to
take care with the amount of space that each plant has. Parsley for example, can grow particularly well
amongst other plants such as tomatoes and asparagus. Rosemary can grow perfectly well with
broccoli and cauliflower. However, when placing herbs amongst other vegetable and fruit plants, you
may notice that they become damaged from various pests. So do look out for that.

Overall it is easy to start a basic herb garden, but it would be an advantage if you gained some
knowledge beforehand.

Andrew Caxton is a consultant who writes on many consumer topics for
http://www.lawn-mowers-and-garden-tractors.com . Find more publications about simplicity
lawnmowers  at
http://www.lawn-mowers-and-garden-tractors.com/simplicity-zero-turn-lawn-mowers.html 


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