History of Herbs in early England- History of Herbs

History of Herbs in early England- History of Herbs It is believed that there were ancient herbal writings which were destroyed during the Danish invasions. Old manuscripts on the subject, now in safe- keeping in Britain, are the 10th century Leech Book of Bald and the Saxon translations of the Herbarium of Apuleius. These documents bear out the knowledge that the use of herbs dated from the earliest times. Certain...

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Ways to propagating herbs- Root division: Propagating herbs

Propagating herbs- Root division Growing herbs by root division in the easiest way to propagate, provided you have a large stock plant that can be spared to do this. The mints are usually increased from root division, as some varieties send out runners which make roots at each leaf node. When dividing a plant, make sure that every piece you take has some rootlets attached to it. When the clump...

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Ways to propagating herbs-Taking Cuttings:Propagating herbs

Propagating herbs: Taking Cuttings Plants that must be grown from cut things are a little more difficult to propagate, and judgment is needed as to which time of the season is best. This can vary from one year to the next, according to the weather. The best time to take most cuttings is in late spring after the earlier growth has hardened the new shoots. If the cutting is too...

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Ways to propagating herbs-Sowing seeds:Propagating herbs

Propagating herbs: Sowing seeds  Herbs are sown in spring. In climates where winters are mild, some may be sown again in the autumn. Seeds of most annuals can be sown directly into their permanent position in a prepared bed perennials, being much slower growers, fare better if seeds are sown into containers filled with a fine potting mixture where they can be more easily cared for until they are 2...

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Propagating herbs-Ways to propagating herbs (by seed, cuttings, or by root division)

Propagating herbs There are many people who are keen cooks and who would like to sue fresh herbs form their gardens or be able to make herb teas and simple remedies, potpourris and pomanders. But they may not feel they are competent gardeners – “I haven’t got green fingers, only a purple thumb,’ they say! For those people the solution would be to buy established plants form a nursery and...

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Different types of herbs (physic,medicinal,flavouring,culinary, fragrant) and their uses

Different types of herbs (Physic or medicinal, flavouring or culinary, fragrant) and their uses Physic or medicinal; flavouring or culinary; fragrant, and those used for dyeing. In many countries they grow as wild as weeds along hedgerows and wasteland. Once a weed has become useful it reaches the status of being called an herb. Physic herbs were once called “simples” because specific ones contained the effective components for remedying simple...

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History of Herbs in Crete- History of Herbs

History of Herbs in Crete- History of Herbs among the green slopes of Knossos, stepping through some of the partially restored and originally enormous Minoan Palace, where Theseus slew the fearsome Minotaur in the Labyrinth, is an immensely elegant azure- blue monkey, sitting with one “hand” poised above a stylized saffron flower. Apparently monkeys were trained to pluck the orange stigmas form the heart of the saffron crocus because of...

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History of Herbs in historical Ephesus-History of Herbs

History of Herbs in historical Ephesus–History of Herbs Herbs can be seen growing abundantly and flowering amongst fallen columns and between paving stones; there is even a small basil plant flourishing bravely in brown, hard, inhospitable ground. This landlocked city of white marble ruins, extensive and preserved enough to captivate the imagination forever, lies glittering in the sunlight as it has done for several thousand years. It was once a...

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History of Herbs in Egypt- History of Herbs

History of Herbs in Egypt- History of Herbs Herbs were used extensively about 2700 B.C. They grew abundantly in the rich soil by the River Nile and were concocted into potions and ointments and, together with rare and exotic spices, were used for embalming the dead. Medical schools began to flourish in Egypt and it is thought that the Greek Physician Hippocrates was a student at one of these schools....

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Garlic herbal plant and its culinary and medicinal properties- History of Herbs

Garlic-(Allium sativeum )Liliaceae Perennial Aromatic garlic is a herb that has been known and valued in nutrition and medicine since antiquity. It is thought  to have originated in south- eastern Siberia and spread from there to ancient Egypt, Greece, Italy and other countries. It is also mentioned in ancient Chinese writings. The garlic bulb is composed of tightly clustered bulblets, or “cloves”, and the plant is propagated, in spring, by...

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Fennel herbal plant and its culinary and medicinal properties- History of Herbs

 Fennel- (Foeniculum vulgare dulce) Umbelliferae Annual Florence fennel, also known as sweet fennel and finocchio fennel, is the best variety to use in food. We have also read of other types of fennel growing in many counties, variously called Saxon fennel, Russian and Roumanian fennel, French bitter fennel, Indian fennel and Japanese fennel. Two kinds that  we have seen, besides Florence fennel, are bronze- leaved fennel, whose foliage is dark...

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Dill herbal plant and its culinary and medicinal properties- History of Herbs

Dill -(Anethum graveolens ) Umbelliferae Annual Dill originated from Mediterranean lands and southern Russia, even thought the  herb has been naturalized for centuries in many other countries, for centuries in  many other countries, and is seen growing wild along roadsides and in fields where conditions are suitable. At first sight the ferny appearance of the foliage makes it difficult to distinguish dill from fennel , but on closer inspection it...

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