If you are like a growing number of people, you are interested in learning about herbs, and how you can incorporate them into your daily life. The fact of the matter is that there is a wealth of information available, virtually at your fingertips in many cases. In fact, there is so much information about herbs available, that you may even be overwhelmed and find yourself struggling to absorb it all â this is why in ancient cultures; those considered experts on the subject spend their entire lives learning more.
The vast majority of us are first exposed to herbs in a culinary setting â we use them to flavor and enhance our foods. In fact, most cuisine historically developed around the herbs that were locally available for seasoning. This is one of the primary reasons that traditional fare varies so greatly from area to area â one thing that you will learn about herbs is that they are both hardy and temperamental, growing wild in limited geographic areas. In fact, the spice trade was one of the biggest promoters of world exploration in colonial times.
In addition to being used to enhance our dinner, many traditional cultures rely almost exclusively upon herbs as medicines, and even industrialized nations relied largely on herbs for medicinal purposes prior to the 20th century. Perhaps one of the most astounding things you will learn about herbs is their wide array of uses.
In many cases, western cultures that have become chemically dependent upon an ever increasing array of drugs and preservatives are turning back to their roots and educating themselves more about herbs and their practical applications. Unfortunately, because there is such a vast array of herbs, learning about them properly can and often does take a lifetime â and using them improperly can cause more harm than good.
If you are just beginning to educate yourself about herbs, you may want to start small. Determine what you are trying to accomplish by way of your herbal studies, and start at the most logical point. Don’t despair if you feel out of your element at first â that will change with a little dedication.