Herbs are seed-bearing plants without woody stems, which die down to the ground after flowering.
Herbs have a variety of uses including culinary, medicinal, or in some cases even spiritual usage. The green, leafy part of the plant is often used, but herbal medicine makes use of the roots, flowers, seeds, root bark, inner bark (cambium), berries and sometimes the pericarp or other portions. General usage differs between culinary herbs and medicinal herbs.
A medicinal herb may be a shrub or other woody plant, whereas a culinary herb is a non-woody plant, typically using the leaves.
By contrast, spices are the seeds, berries, bark, root, fruit, or other parts of the plant, even leaves in some cases; although any of these, as well as any edible fruits or vegetables, may be considered “herbs” in medicinal or spiritual use. Culinary herbs are distinguished from vegetables in that they are used in small amounts and provide flavor rather than substance to food.
There are thousands of herbs in the world today and to make a herbal remedy you can combine a number of herbs together to produce a remedy to treat a specific ailment.
There are numerous herb remedies available just by mixing one herb with another herb, the possibilities are endless. Combining several herbs as a remedy can be more potent and more beneficial depending on the kinds of herbs and the ailment being treated.
Herbal remedies are usually taken as a preventive measure, although each herb remedy can work to treat an ongoing specific ailment
A word of caution though, the herbal information on this website is for your own information, information which we believe to be true, but it is entirely up to yourself to get medical advice before starting to use a herbal remedy treatment. Herbs should not be used to replace prescribed drugs.