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There was not a respectable home that did not have an herb garden; herbs and spices were not merely used for flavoring of dishes, but were a crucial resource for a variety of reasons, ranging from (yes) cooking to medical, cosmetic and household uses.
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This is the popular name given to pimento, or Jamaica pepper, known to naturalists as Eugenia pi...

Ocymum Basilium is a native of the East Indies, and is highly aromatic, having a perfume greatly...

The leaves of this tree frequently enter into the recipes of cookery; but they ought not to be u...

(Monarda didyma) Description: Perennial. 2-3'. Plant has downy leaves and long, narrow, tubul...

(Nepeta cataria) Description: Perennial . 2-3'. Gray heart-shaped leaves with scalloped edges...

This is the most acrid and stimulating spice with which we are acquainted. It is a powder prepar...

(Anthemis nobilis) Description: Perennial . To 1 '. One of several chamomiles, this one has a...

Although the roots of this plant are poisonous, its leaves are tender, and are used in salads. I...

(Allium schoenoprasum) Description: Perennial . 10". Clumps of slender onionlike tubular leav...

The cinnamon-tree (Laurus Cinnamomum) is a valuable and beautiful species of the laurel family, ...

The clove-tree is a native of the Molucca Islands, particularly Amboyna, and attains the height ...

This plant, which largely enters into the composition of curry powder with turmeric, originally ...

(Peucedanum graveolens) Description: Annual . 2-2 1/2'. Like fennel but smaller with pointed...

This elegantly-growing plant, of which the Latin name is _Anethum foeniculum_, grows best in cha...

The ginger plant, known to naturalists as Zingiber officinale, is a native, of the East and West...

(stachys byzantina) Colonial opinion: Lamb's ears, though little has been written about it, ...

(lavendula) Colonial opinion: Gerard found the distilled water of lavender "virtuous," whet...

(melissa) Colonial opinion: Lemon balm, according to Gerard, is good against "the bitings of...

(levisticum) Colonial opinion: Gerard found that distilled water of lovage "cleareth the sig...

This is the membrane which surrounds the shell of the nutmeg. Its general qualities are the same...

Although there are several species of marjoram, that which is known as the sweet or knotted marj...

The common mint cultivated in our gardens is known as the Mentha viridis, and is employed in dif...

Before the year 1729, mustard was not known at English or American tables. About that time an ol...

This is a native of the Moluccas, and was long kept from being spread in other places by the mon...

If there be nothing new under the sun, there are, at any rate, different uses found for the same...

Penny Royal, is a high aromatic, although a spontaneous herb in old ploughed fields, yet might b...

This is the produce of a different plant from that which produces the black, it consisting of th...

This well-known aromatic spice is the fruit of a species of climbing vine, and is a native of th...

(Rosmarinus officinalis) Description : Perennial, or annual in cold climates. 18". Evergreen ...

Sage (salvia) was originally a native of the south of Europe, but it has long been cultivated in...

Also know as lavender cotton Colonial opinion: According to Gerard, lavender cotton "drunke ...

This we find described by Columella, a voluminous Roman writer on agriculture, as an odoriferous...

This is one of the spinaceous plants, which take their name from spinach, which is the chief amo...

Those most usually employed for purposes of cooking, such as the flavouring of soups, sauces, fo...

The leaves of this plant, known to naturalists as Artemisia dracunculus, are much used in France...

This sweet herb was known to the Romans, who made use of it in culinary preparations, as well as...

Vannille or vanilla, is the fruit of the vanillier, a parasitical herbaceous plant, which flouri...

(achillea) Colonial opinion: Yarrow's leaves, according to Gerard, close up wounds and staunc...
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