Herb Garden Plants Have Powerful Benefits

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Herb Garden Plants Have Powerful Benefits

There are many different types of herb garden plants and each herb has its own unique benefit. If you look at them as a whole herb plants supply a wide range of benefits but to make things easy they are grouped into categories for what they are used for. For example you have the culinary herbs which have many different uses in food or cooking. Some culinary herbs have very strong flavor so are used in small quantities such as herbs like basil, sage, savory, thyme and chives. There are herbs that garnish your dishes, parsley usually comes to mind. By the way parsley is edible meaning you can eat parsley it is actually part of the carrot family. In fact parsley was originally placed in a dish at the table and was used as a breath freshener rather then the plate decoration it is used for today. So after a meal help yourself to the parsley if you like.

Another category is the aromatic herbs which have pleasant smelling flowers or foliage. These herbs can be used in linens or clothing to give them a nice scent. Some herbs are dried and used as potpourri to scent the air. Lavender and lemon verbena are good for this. Oils from some aromatic herbs, like rosemary and mint are used to make perfume.

The ornamental herbs are grown and used for their beauty brightly colored flowers. Chicory has beautiful blue flowers and so does Borage. Valerian is sweet smelling and has deep red colored flowers.

Another important category are the medicinal herbs which have been used for hundreds of years mostly in the East and are still very widely used to this day as a natural way to heal the body. In the West herbal healing is well recognized mostly in Latin America. In the US medicinal herbs unfortunately get a bad rap because herbal use conflicts with the medical model and the giant multibillion dollar profit making pharmaceutical industry. Enough said on that point but you get the idea.

Some herbs have a number of purposes. The valerian herb mentioned above for its beauty also is used for medicinal purposes. Its roots are used as a sedative. Mint can be used for adding a mint flavor to cooking or for mint tea and while mint will take over a garden it is effective for protecting a garden against pests.

Naturally herb use is a big subject, way to big to put it all in one article so these are only a few of the purposes for herb garden plants.

If you are interested in other types of herb garden plants you can research them at http://herbalplanting.com/ so go there now and learn how to plant and grow your own herb garden plants.

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