Types Of Herbs
Top 5 Most Common Types of Herbs
Whether you are interested in learning about the most common types of herbs purely for curiosity’s sake or if you want to know the best herbs to plant in your garden, you have definitely come to the right place! Below you will find a list of the most useful and popular types of herbs including a description of their uses. So if you’re looking for some great herbs to cook with or to use for medicinal purposes, start taking notes!
Basil – This is one of the most well known herbs in the world! It is a soft, leafy green herb and is very fragrant and flavorful in cooking. It comes in twelve different varieties, all of which have their own definitive taste and smell. This is a popular herb because you can throw it into nearly any dish and it just works. Even though basil hails from Asia, it is often associated with Italian cooking such as pastas, and is an excellent addition to sauces of all types.
Rosemary – This is one of the oldest cultivated herbs. It is an excellent addition to a pork or lamb dish, but it also makes a lovely tea which can aid in digestive issues and arthritis. It can also be used as a mouthwash! You can dry rosemary out and make a fragrant potpourri or sprinkle fresh rosemary in your bath water for an invigorating soak.
Mint – Mint is really a handy herb to have around. There are over thirty different species of mint, the two most popular being spearmint and peppermint. Yum! Mint has been used for hundreds of years as medicinal and cooking aids. A good cup of peppermint tea was believed to soothe an upset stomach, irritable bowel syndrome, and cold symptoms. Today, we often use mint in desserts, jelly to serve with lamb, and even drinks such as cocoa.
Sage – This is a great all-around herb because it has so many uses! As far as cooking goes, sage is great for seasoning meat—especially sausage and lamb, salads, casseroles, and even breads! Sage is thought to have a great deal of medicinal value, as well. It has antiseptic properties, so many ancestors used it to clean wounds. It’s also anti-fungal, which is nice to have around…just in case. It can be used as an astringent when mixed with vinegar. Some even believe it can treat depression.
Lavender – This one can get quite big, so if you’re considering it for your herb garden, it will likely do best in a very large pot or planted outdoors. Lavender smells absolutely terrific, but that’s really just the beginning. It is a proven stress-reducer and encourages calmness and relaxation. It can also be used to help induce a restful sleep. Essential oil from the herb or the actual flowers can be added to a bath to soothe aching muscles and perfume the skin. Just like sage, lavender also has antiseptic properties which many use on cuts, scrapes, and bug bites. The flowers can be added to boiling water (infused) and cooled to wash your hair with—say goodbye to dandruff! You can also infuse the flowers in boiling water to make a tasty and soothing tea.
These herbs all have a special use that you will likely find worthwhile—but you don’t have to stop there. A small patch of land can provide ample space for a variety of herbs; certainly much more than five types. So, don’t feel limited to these top five types of herbs. If you are a beginner, these five herbs will certainly make a good start for a blossoming herb garden, and most can even be grown indoors. I hope you’ve found the various uses of these herbs interesting and I encourage you to consider the idea of starting your own herb garden project!