Herbs

In a wider sense, an “herb” is any plant that serves a medicinal, culinary, or cosmetic purpose. Explore our extensive collection of herbs for wellness to discover their nutritional and medicinal properties.


What Are Herbs?

Although botanists use a more technical definition, when the word "herbs" is used in common speech, it refers to any plant - no matter if tree or creeping vine - that can be used by people to reap any sort of benefit: culinary, medicinal, or even for the manufacture of other goods. This may refer to the plant as a whole, or to just its roots, leaves, or bark, among other parts.

Uses of Herbs

Herbs have been allies for human development for thousands of years, and we have taken advantage of them as food, raw material, animal feed, and even for religious rituals. However, we want to focus on how to use herbs to promote health and wellness.

Herbs for Nourishment

Many herbs have been valued because of their potential to nourish and feed people. Different types of fruits, legumes, or cereals have grown to be dietary staples, or have even become symbols for a region's cultural identity.

On the other hand, there are many more herbs that are useful because of the extra flavor and aroma they provide. Chili peppers or saffron petals, for example, are too strong or pricey to make for a sustainable main dish, but they are invaluable for flavoring them.

Herbs for Healing

The use of medicinal herbs and nature-based remedies is as old as humankind, and in many cultures they were even believed to be magical or sacred because of their amazing properties (Read our full History of Herbal Medicine). Science has evolved greatly since those days, but herbal medicine retains many practical applications.

Its main - and most obvious - use is for treating and relieving different ailments, from infusions for stomach infections to ointments for burns. Nevertheless, herbal remedies are also great for prevention of diseases and as way to boost specific bodily functions and promote wellness.

Now that you understand more about the different ways to use herbs, you can search for more useful information about each herb, its benefits, and even how to grow your own.

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  • Ivy Hedera helix

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  • Uva Ursi Arctostaphylos uva-ursi, Arbutus uva-ursi

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  • Valerian Valeriana officinalis
  • Vanilla Vanilla planifolia (Syn. Vanilla fragrans)

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  • Yacon Smallanthus sonchifolius