Why I Believe in Herbs of the Good Kind
My first introduction to herbs was after severe sunburn when a friend broke off a piece of her Aloe Vera plant and rubbed a gel-like substance on me. I thought she was pretty silly until I realized I wasn't feeling the stinging burn anymore. After that, I started paying more attention to herbs. Up until then, the only herbs I'd ever used went into my spaghetti sauce.
There are many herbs used not only for flavoring but for healing as well. Some herbs are used in teas. Chamomile is an herb used in teas. It also comes as a capsule and in a liquid form. Some people use Chamomile for skin problems and others use it for insomnia. There are often wide and diverse uses for the same herb or remedy.
Garlic is one of the best known herbs. It is used by many for the flavor it adds to many dishes. Many people however, also use Garlic to treat high blood pressure, high cholesterol and a host of other ailments. Some people think of Garlic as a natural antibiotic. Garlic comes fresh of course and is often used in cooking. It also comes in a powder, oil and tablets.
One of the most exciting things about herbs is that you can grow many of them yourself right in your own kitchen. There are some herbs that you wouldn't care to eat or cook with but might find very useful in a pill form or even as an extract to add to a tea or other liquid.