We talked about the differences between herbs and spices and their obvious value in Part 1 of this series and now I would like to introduce you to my 4 favourite herbs to grow and/or use for medicinal and first-aid purposes.
Herbs as Medicinal Plants
There are over 2000 plants that can be used in herbal medicine in the Western world (even more world wide!). And these plants, in their various forms, have been used since our beginning. Even now, the World Health Organization has estimated that perhaps 80% of the world's population relies on traditional therapies such as botanical medicines (the use of plants as medicine). It is unfortunate that in the US and Canada we know very little about the tremendous value of herbs as medicine.