Edible Herbs & Flowers For Cooks
The word “herb” comes from the Latin words herba and ferrum which means plant. There are many different types of plants with medicinal properties.
Some of them have been used for centuries in traditional medicine while others were introduced only recently.
Herbal medicines have been found to be effective against a variety of ailments including cancer, diabetes, asthma, malaria, heart disease, high blood pressure and even depression.
There are two main categories of herbal medicines: botanical and pharmaceutical. Botanical medicines include those produced naturally in nature such as roots, berries, leaves and stems; whereas pharmaceutical medicines are manufactured synthetically using natural ingredients or substances.
Botanicals are generally considered safer than their synthetic counterparts because they do not contain harmful chemicals that may cause harm when taken in large quantities over time. However, there is no way to guarantee that any given herb will be safe for human consumption if consumed regularly.
Botanical medicines are usually easier to grow and require less attention than pharmaceutical ones. They also tend to be cheaper since they don’t need to be imported from other countries.
Most botanicals are grown in your own backyard, but some herbs can be purchased at health food stores or online. You can also buy dried herbs from herbalists, although these products come with their own risks.
When purchasing dried herbs, it is important that they are free of mold, pesticides, and other chemicals.
Herbalists sell different blends of dried herbs with multiple health benefits in each package. These dried ingredients are mixed with a liquid before consumption, which can be done either with a spoon or an empty capsule machine.
Capsules allow you to consume specific amounts of herbs without affecting taste.
Herbal teas are another common way to consume dried herbs. Most herbalists carry a wide range of popular dried herbs for brewing teas.
These products are popular among consumers because they can help curb unhealthy food cravings and boost the immune system.
Herbalists have also found success in creating chewable tablets, which can be kept at room temperature. However, it is important to check whether the tablets have gone bad before consumption.
It is also best to store them away from sunlight and other heat sources.
Herbal medicines should always be used as directed, even if you are experiencing the symptoms of a common cold or flu because some herbs can cause negative side effects in some people. Herbs with similar properties can also be dangerous when mixed.
Some herbs, such as lavender and German chamomile, are safe for human consumption and have anti-inflammatory and anti-anxiety properties. They are safe for children over the age of 2 and can help with sleep problems.
Herbal medicines can be used to prevent or treat the common cold and other illnesses. They are often safer than pharmaceutical drugs and can be mixed with other herbs to create different effects.
However, some herbs should not be taken when pregnant or trying to get pregnant. It is important to consult a medical herbalist before taking any new herbs.
Herbal therapies have been used for centuries in non-industrialized societies to treat common illnesses. Although many of these societies have readily available access to modern medicine, they often prefer herbal medicine since it is believed to be more natural and therefore safer.
Herbal medicines are also less expensive than pharmaceutical drugs in these regions. Herbalists must take special care when harvesting herbs since they can be harmful if not taken with the right proportions of other herbs.
Sources & references used in this article:
The Edible Herb Garden by R Creasy – 2013 – books.google.com
Texas Organic Vegetable Gardening: The Total Guide to Growing Vegetables, Fruits, Herbs, and Other Edible Plants the Natural Way by H Garrett – 1998 – books.google.com
Gaia’s garden: a guide to home-scale permaculture by T Hemenway – 2009 – books.google.com
Lead levels of edibles grown in contaminated residential soils: a field survey by ME Finster, KA Gray, HJ Binns – Science of the Total Environment, 2004 – Elsevier