Herbs A-Z Listing of Herbs and Articles
This listing will take you to the various herbs with growing advice, and
cultural methods. Herbs are rather chaotic in that they have many names -
depending upon location and the generation gap. Some of the herb nurseries do
not help matters - or their sales - by adding to the confusion.
If you are growing herbs for medicinal or health reason, it is
absolutely imperative that you get the name right! For instance, Sage is
not simple Sage. It is a member of the very wide ranging Salvia family -
some of which can be used for medicinal purposes - some most certainly
cannot! Likewise with Geranium! There are hundreds of different
Geraniums available - not all are herbs!
We will do all we can in this section of the site to make you aware
of the importance of 'Names' but you MUST check and be aware of the herb
that you are buying, or have growing in your garden.
Be aware that there are many 'peripheral' entities jumping on the
bandwagon of herbalism. It is not really regulated, so take care at all
Common Names of Herbs
- Alfalfa - Usually
grown as a 'sprouting' salad type plant, but has several herbal
- Aloe Vera - I can personally vouch
for the healing properties of Aloe Vera Gel insofar as radiotherapy
burns are concerned. Very versatile herb, sold as gel, cream, lotion
- Angelica Archangelica -
Used for candy-type sweets, but also has herbal qualities.
- Basil Herb and Basil
Spice - Not the easiest of herbs to keep outside, but once
established grows well. Used in Mediterranean and Asian cooing
- Bay Leaf Tree -
Not only a decorative tree, but has good cooking uses - especially
for Mediterranean dishes. It also has several somewhat obscure
herbal uses. The latter not widely known because of its main use is
- Black Pepper - Piper
Nigrum - Culinary and herbal remedies, but takes time to grow.
Can be bought quite easily!
- Calendula - Old fashioned English
Marigold which was used to cure earache in my childhood days! A wide
ranging herb, which is undergoing investigation for its full range
- Caraway - Easy to grow,
the seeds are well used in cooking recipes and also herbal remedies.
- Chervil -
Aniseed smell, and well used for cooking and medicinal purposes.
- Chives - An all
year round alternative to salad onions. Easy to grow, and can be
potted for winter use.
- Cloves -Cloves are
essentially grown in the tropic. Has uses in cooking and medicinal
- Coriander - A wide rage
of uses as a medicinal herb and as a spice for cooking.
- Dill - Medicinal and culinary uses
for the Aniseed flavoured easy-to-grow herb. It's quite attractive
- Elderflower -
Elderberry - First thoughts are of an invasive shrubby weed, but
then think of Elderberry wine, or Elderberry champagne! Medicinal
and culinary uses abound.
- Garlic - So many claims for this
pungent herb. Great in cooking, and has many many medicinal
robertianum - Herb Robert - Attractive Cranesbill which has been
used for its medicinal and homeopathic qualities.
- Ginseng - Many different types,
and claims for this root herb. Must have a good PR marketing team!
- Horseradish - I just LOVE
horseradish sauce - even though I do not often eat beef. It can also
be used to zap a few invasive bacteria - especially in the stomach!
- Lemon Balm - Attractive plant,
which also makes a nice herbal tea. Wide range of herbal uses, and
has attractive citrus smell to crushed foliage.
- Oregano - Origanum has many
culinary - and herbal - uses. It is also an attractive herb plant.
- Parsley - Flat and
Curly leaved Parsley. I am biased. I cannot stand parsley sauce. I
am the loser I think!
- Rosemary - I used to love the
smell of Rosemary, but gradually sickened of it after growing
several thousand each year in a nursery. It is still one of my
all-time favourite herbs as a plant!
- Sage - There are sages and there are
sages. Careful choice required. All are attractive as plants, and
some are good for cooking, others are for herbal medicinal use.
- Star Anise - very fragrant herb
with wide range of cooking and herbal uses to explore.
- Tarragon - Tarragon deserves to
be better known as a medicinal and culinary herb.
- Thyme - Wide range
of thymes as ground huggers or low growing plants for front of beds
and borders. It also has a wide range of claims as a medicinal herb,
and a wide range of uses as a cooking herb.
- Winter Savory - Invaluable
for the winter chef, and has many uuses for the herbalist. Another
easy-to-grow member of the Labiatae family - with added insecticidal
properties or claims.