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When is National Herb Week?
National Herb Week is the 1st week of May!
August 29th is More Herbs, Less Salt day!

Are there other related Holidays?  Yes!
May is National Salad Month
The 4th week of July is always National Salad Week
National Salad Month.
National Caesar Salad Day
April: National Garden week.
June 13 -  Weed your Garden Day.
July is National Horseradish Month.
September is National Organic Harvest Month.
May 19-25-National Vegetarian week

National Herb Week is the 1st week of May
In 1991, the International Herb Association established "National Herb Week" to be celebrated every year during the week leading to and culminating with Mother's Day. Listed in Chase's, the registry of national events, the purpose of National Herb Week is to develop and coordinate national attention on herbs, herb businesses, and the IHA.

Herb of the Year:
Every year since 1995, the International Herb Association has chosen an Herb of the Year to highlight. The Horticultural Committee evaluates possible choices based on their being outstanding in at least two of the three major categories: medicinal, culinary, or decorative." Herb societies, groups, and organizations, from around the world, work together to educate the public about these important herbs throughout the year.


What is a Garden Herb?
A(n) herb is a plant that is valued for qualities such as medicinal properties, flavor, scent, or the like.

Herbs have a variety of uses
Herbs have a variety of uses including culinary, medicinal, or in some cases even spiritual usage. The green, leafy part of the plant is often used, but herbal medicine makes use of the roots, flowers, seeds, root bark, inner bark (cambium), berries and sometimes the pericarp or other portions. General usage differs between culinary herbs and medicinal herbs. A medicinal herb may be a shrub or other woody plant, whereas a culinary herb is a non-woody plant, typically using the leaves. Any of the parts of the plant, as well as any edible fruits or vegetables, might be considered "herbs" in medicinal or spiritual use.
Herbs in a Witches Garden

Culinary use of the term "Herb"
Culinary use of the term "herb" is much more specific and narrow. Culinary use typically distinguishes between herbs, the leafy green parts of the plant, and spices, all the other parts of the plant, including seeds, berries, bark, root, fruit, and even occasionally leaves. Culinary herbs are distinguished from vegetables in that they are used in small amounts and provide flavor (similar to spices) rather than substance to food.

Any plant contains numerous phytochemicals that have varying effects on the body. Even when consumed in the small levels that typify culinary "spicing", there may be some effects, and some herbs are toxic in larger quantities. For instance, some types of herbal extract, such as the extract of Hypericum perforatum (St. John's wort), or the Piper methysticum (kava plant) can be used for medical purposes to relieve depression and stress. But high amounts of these herbs may lead to poisoning, and should be used with caution.
Source: wikipedia

Herbs encourage the body to heal itself
Herbs have been part of our lives for generations, in every country and for many different reasons.  Herbs have been used for potions, lotions, salves, ceremonies and for healing for centuries.  Our history books tell us of how healers used herbs from Indian medicine men to the modern herbalist who studies holistic medicine.  Today because of the cost of medicines from our family doctor, many people are researching other ways to stay healthy through the use of herbs.  Herbal medicine works best when practiced holistically.  What that means is you want to think about good health for the whole body and work to heal the whole body as a whole.  This is called having a balance both emotionally and physically, instead of just treating the symptom itself.  You find this also referred to "holistic balance."  Herbs are not just for cooking and eating ya know.  Herbs encourage the body to heal itself!

Also See Herbal Remedies / Recipes
Cooking Herbs

  Herbs & Healing Usage

Clinical studies have shown that the four Gs—ginkgo, ginseng, Siberian ginseng and gotu kola—enhance mental abilities, including concentration, aptitude, behavior, alertness and even intelligence.  Ginkgo is the best known for improving memory and it boosts the brain's ability to use oxygen.

Memory Tincture
1 teaspoon each tinctures of ginkgo leaves and Siberian ginseng root-
½ teaspoon each tinctures of ginseng root and gotu kola leaves-

Combine ingredients. Take half a dropperful a few times a day. Take extra tincture an hour or so before an exam or an important office meeting, or at any time you need extra focus.

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