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The Commonly Grown Herbs

Updated on October 21, 2016
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Different Herbal Plants

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A different  kind of Croatian Lavender.
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Many Different Herbs

I have learned of the commonly grown herbs during my daily walks up in the mountains.

During my experiences with the many herbs, and of the new types of herbs I discovered anew herb each time.

I recently found out more the commonly grown herbs right in my backyard.

Over the years, I constantly heard of the benefits of herbs and of how some could be used as pain relievers.

Before my move to Croatia I read about the various types of herbs. I did not think at that time I would grow the exact same type of herbs in my beautiful garden.

  • Mint

Among the most common herb in my garden is the lovely green scented Mint and fresh Coriander. Other herbs such as Sage, Lavender, Basil, Rosemary and Fennel I saw these herbal plants else where.

As I got older, my knowledge improved and I know what is beneficial to me in many ways.

I prefer to add mint to salads for its refreshing aroma. I slice ripe tomatoes and finely chop onions for a fresh salad.

Also, I made mint sauce and that turned out well.

You can very finely chop a few sprigs of fresh mint and add to water and vinegar to your taste.

You will need at least two handfuls of fresh green mint. Six tablespoonfuls of white vinegar, half a cup boiling water, and two tablespoons of sugar.

Allow for the water to cool down before adding the sugar, vinegar and the main ingredient, mint.

Try the mint sauce recipe according to your sweetness and tangy taste as required from the vinegar.

I don't have mint growing in containers but from the ground and have far too much at the moment.

I have mint grown in two different places of the garden, and is not easy to get rid off from the ground. if you would prefer to grow mint in pots that would be a great idea too,

  • Rosemary

A beautiful herb in its feature and is also used in many of my cuisines. I use Rosemary when I fry fish, grill or for any type of stew.

  1. When I prepare a barbecue with fish I add olive oil, and fresh Rosemary to the fish with freshly chopped garlic. Sometimes I burn the Rosemary in the hot fire to add more flavor to the fish from the fire.

Rosemary grows in our Mediterranean climate with needle sharp edged leaves and the flowers are pretty purple.

I often see bees on the flowers and feel happy to see more bees coming back to our garden. The rocky side of hills we have allows for the Rosemary to grow so magnificently.

Note that we planted our Rosemary from root it does not grow well in pots, or from seed.

I read of Lemon grass but have not yet tried it in any of my cooking. I have seen a documentary of Chef Wan and he used Lemon grass in almost all of his recipes in cooking.

  • Sage

I had the plant dug up from the wild and had it planted in my back yard it has purple flowers and a very strong aroma.

  • Lavender

A well known herb found in the European fields, grows in small shrubs, and is a tea used for some ailments.

The nectar of the Lavender flower is used to make quality honey; Lavender has been used for generations and can be found in the European region. People still gather this wild herb from the fields, and dry for using at a later stage, and are kept in glass bottles.

A herb used for flavoring foods, mostly in French cuisines with a sweet taste. It has a strong aroma and used to keep fish moths at bay, and for attracting bees with the beautiful flowers it bears.

Lavender flowers are collected before the buds open and while the aroma is still at its best. Dried lavender should be used with caution because of its impotency.

it is of the mint family and can be used like you would use sage, or rosemary, a combination of other herbs and spices, including, thyme.

Used for headaches, like migraines, for dizzy spells, sore joints, inflammations, and, a cure for hoarseness.

Lavender is a great herb. I have the French lavender and the Croatian Lavender similar aroma but different kind of leaves.

The flowers are also purple.

Not all lavender are edible and all lavender taste similar with not a very nice taste.

I have not eaten lavender but heard that one has to acquire the different taste.

  • Do you know what is Angelica?

It is a biennial herb only if you allow for seed at the end of season it then becomes the perennial herb.

I have not yet planted Angelica herb but l eventually would like to try another new herb.

I recently learned a few new and different Herbs

  • The Benefits of Korean Red Ginseng:

Athletes are energetic.

Boosts energy, and reduces fatigue mentally.

The body adjusts to stress levels as normal.

For the sex organs, free blood flow to the penis.

Women in the stage of menopause can use red ginseng for the stimulation of the estrogen production.

Boots the metabolism of an individual and is also used for detoxifying, and for those who are diabetic.

  • Arnica

  • What is Arnica?

Many people are using Arnica for pain relief. One of the best herbs used for pain relief.

A natural product and is considered as a family medicine.

Found in Europe and of North America, Arnica, has been used for many years, and is useful for arthritis, for sore muscles, for strained and sore muscles.

The anti-inflammatory called thymol helps with the pain.

Some people may experience allergic reaction such as vomiting.

  • Coriander

Coriander is grown in most parts of the world, a soft plant which grows to fifty centimeters in height, and is commonly found in the wild in the areas of the Eastern countries.

Most commonly used in cooking, ground or in a form of powder. Coriander is used in soups; this is an ingredient of other Indian spices which includes garam-masala, in pickling, and pudding spices.

The seeds of the coriander are used for brewing drinks.

A spice used in many foods. Indians have a common name for coriander, called Dhania, in most Indian regions; the fresh leaves are often used as garnishing foods and to flavor the food with its exquisite aroma.

Coriander seeds are boiled with water and drunk for colds, and used for the controlling levels of cholesterol, an Asian herb that is used to prevent hemorrhoids, headaches, swellings, conjunctivitis, and ulcer problems.

An herbaceous plant of the parsley family, the leaves are like the parsley plant, it takes ninety days to harvest the seeds of this plant, and the task must be carried through to the end.

  • Cubeb

Cubeb is a tailed pepper mostly grown in Java that is the reason for Cubeb being known as Java Pepper. The fruit of this plant is gathered before ripened, and are dried at a later stage.

One of the finest spices used in Europe for adding flavor to meat and used in marinades, vegetable dishes, spiced in biscuits, and cheese. A small plant with red to brown seeds in color has a touch of nutmeg, and has a taste of camphor.

The berry of the plant is used for stimulation, as an antiseptic, for chronic bronchitis and digestive ailments. Cubeb is grown in tropical regions, it is a perennial plant, a climber that clings on to posts, and bears brown fruit.

  • Epazote

An herb found in some parts of America. It is brewed as tea and sometimes known as Mexican Tea or Worm seed.

Epazote, usually used as a leaf vegetable and can be eaten raw, a spice that has flavors similar to aniseed and fennel. A herb used to flavor Mexican dishes with sharp tastes of camphor and stronger than tarragon, used in salads, soups, and meats.

Epazote is used for malaria, and respiratory infections. An annual perennial plant, the young leaves are milder, and less bitter. You can use both the leaf and stem for cooking, but the seeds are used only when dried.

  • Hawthorne Tea

Found in AfricaAsia and Europe.

A tea made with crushed Hawthorn Berries or leaf and flower, add a cup of boiling water, you can soak for 15-20 minutes, if you like it can be reheated, add some lemon, or honey for your required taste.

A tea which has a history in clinical and folk medicine purposes used as a heart tonic, it reduces bloodstreams, fatty levels, and, cholesterol levels.

  • Side Effects

Hawthorne Tea is used for treating nausea, upset stomachs, dizziness, mild rash or drowsiness, for fatigue, sweating, in difficulty of sleeping, and for headaches.

  • Lemon Balm Tea

An herbal tea used for increasing your spirits that relieves stomach disorders, and, relaxes the nerves. Found in Europe and some parts of Africa have been grown for thousands of years. It is called the Lemon Balm Tea because of the scent of lemons on the leaves.

To make Lemon Balm tea is easy, use one teaspoon of Lemon Balm Tea, dried herb, cover in a cup of boiling water to avoid the escape of the aroma from being carried away with the steam.

Enjoy this tea after ten minutes soaking and straining. You can drink this tea and still perform normal duties.

People with Glaucoma shouldn't use this tea as it affects the pressure of the eye. Always consult your doctor before consuming any herbal remedies.

  • Horehound Tea

The Romans found out about this plant, centuries ago.

A tea for the upper respiration disorders, like asthma, coughs, sore throats, and for headaches caused by sinuses.

Prepare Horehound tea by boiling in a kettle or saucepan and keep the Horehound leaves in a clean heat-proof container in a coffee mug and leave aside.

Add the boiling water over the Horehound leaves in the cup and cover with a saucer for fifteen minutes, thereafter strain the tea into another heat proof cup, the leaves can be discarded, after the tea is soaked.

Have it with lemon and honey, your choice. You shouldn't have more than a cup daily.

Side Effects

Maybe diarrhea and dermatitis, it may not be the same for everyone.

Herbs has become one of the most used natural medicines for healing and as a pain-reliever.

I have a great interest for all different herbs.

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    • billybuc profile image

      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      We grow most of what you listed here. We love herbs and use them almost daily. Great information.

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      Shelley Watson 3 years ago

      Thank you Devica for sharing with us this information and your lovely pictures. I love herbs and the fresh variety are invaluable to me in my cooking.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      You mention a fine mixture of herbs--some I know, many I don't. That lemon grass looks like one in my yard. Thank you for sharing.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi billybuc thank you for commenting always good to hear your thoughts.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi CyberShelly thank you for sharing your valuable thoughts here

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi MsDora you spotted a herb that you have in your garden and of those you are not sure of.interesting and also a learning experience for me and you. Thank you

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      jtrader 3 years ago

      This is a useful guide DDE. Mint is a good plant to have in a garden.

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      Michelle Liew 3 years ago from Singapore

      Have yet to try horehound or lemon balm tea. This is useful!

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      jtrader Mint is one of my best herbs. Thank you.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      midget38 Thank you I am glad you found this hub useful.

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      Mel Carriere 3 years ago from San Diego California

      Learning about new plants is always fascinating to me. You are definitely very knowledgable in this field. Wonderful hub!

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi Mel Carriere you are right on the different or new plants are always fascinating. Thank you.

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 3 years ago from Philippines

      I was once given a basil plant that died from our tropical heat. I have no green thumb but lately with my compost, I've tried growing sturdier stuff. My cucumber leaves are coming out of the pot rather nicely and we moved it to a larger pot. My onions have done nothing so far. Today I planted two pots of monggo because they grow in one day. But there's still plenty of compost left, so maybe I will give herbs a chance. I love the smell of herbs, especially during rainy season, but keeping them alive when the tropical heat sets in is a problem. Still, with more research I can probably learn to grow herbs without guilt. Very encouraging hub. You have great recipes for each herb, but I would just grow the for their smell:). Wonderful video.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi grand old lady I like herbs and have done well in growing them it is always interesting to plant new herbs and experiment with each without expecting too much and you would be surprised of your results. Great going with compost thank you for stopping by.

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      Dave 3 years ago from Lancashire north west England

      Great article about natural food and life enhancing herbs which we all would do well to grow. Our ancestors were much closer to nature and her gifts. Good luck with your herbs now and the new ones that you will no doubt grow in the future. voted up.interesting and useful.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      D.A.L. You are so right ''Our ancestors were much closer to nature and her gifts.'' Thank you I appreciate all votes from you take care now!

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Devika, great hub, I love using herbs, I do grow most of the ones you've mentioned, but there are quite a few that are knew to me. I had to transfer my mint to pots because it was taking over the garden. This is very useful, well done.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Devika, thank you for the information on using some of these herbs. My Great Aunt Hattie grew most of these herbs and my Grandmother also grew herbs and vegetables.

      Voted up, AI and shared.

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is an interesting hub, Devika. I love using herbs. You've mentioned some that I've never used before! Thank you very much for the information.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi tobusiness thank you for sharing an opinion here so true about the mint it has over taken a part of my garden

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi Shyron hope all is well with you? Thank you for th vote up AI and shared your thoughtful comments are always appreciated.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      AliciaC thank you kindly for stopping by.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      I use common herbs almost in every meal. But good to see that you grow them yourself.

      Very useful and informative hub on different herbs! Thanks!

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      ChitrangadaSharan thank you for commenting glad you came by.

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      Nikolic Predrag 3 years ago from Serbia, Belgrade

      I have below the window a small pot in which I grow mint, basil and

      rosemary. Wonderful hub and very useful. Voted up as useful and shared!

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      Word 3 years ago from Chicago

      Excellent hub on various herbs DDE. Mint leaves used to grown in the yard of the previous home that I owned. I had no use for them at the time but a friend of mine would come by once a week and pick a few stems. Now I can appreciate mint leaves because I'm learning the value of herbs. Thank you for this top-notch information .Thanks go out to discover for sharing with followers.*

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi dis-cover thank you for all votes very kind of you to come by.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      word55 thank you for sharing your wonderful thoughts here.

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      Peggy Woods 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      We grow quite a few herbs in our garden and use them in cooking. Good article! Up votes and will share.

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      torrilynn 3 years ago

      I find that herbs have great medicinal properties in helping with healing wounds and breaking sickness. thanks for this hub.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi Peggy W thank you for the vote up I appreciate you stopping by.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      torrilynn thank you for stopping by so kind of you to make the time.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Many of these herbs I'm not familiar with so it was imformative going through this information. Thanks for sharing this Devika!

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      rajan jolly thank you

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      Michelle Liew 3 years ago from Singapore

      Mint has to be my favorite, Devika!

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      midget38 thank you for stopping by

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 2 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I have never grown herbs but maybe you have inspired me to give it a try. There are several Herb gardens around our town and I enjoy looking at them and smelling their aroma.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      OhMe thank you kindly for sharing your opinions here.

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      Hari Prasad S 9 months ago from Bangalore

      Devika, Thanks for this hub. I have been thinking to grow them, but after reading you hub, I will start.

      -Hari

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      Devika Primić 9 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi Hari thank you for sharing your comment so glad you came be by.

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      Shyron E Shenko 9 months ago from Texas

      Devika, I had to read and share this wonderful hub again.

      Blessings my friend.

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      Patricia Scott 9 months ago from sunny Florida

      Well done....Using fresh herbs in cooking just adds that extra special touch to meals. I have just begin to raise my own and have discovered how much I have been missing.

      Angels are headed your way this morning ps

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      Devika Primić 9 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Shyron E Shenko thank you for stopping by. I appreciate your kind efforts. Do take care and have a lovely day!

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      Devika Primić 9 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      pstraubie48 I appreciate your comment. Herbs are a natural way for good health. Thank you.

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