Herb of the month

Each month we select a herb and review its unique qualities and benefits.

Featured Herb
and well you may askwhat exactly is a Herb?

Botanically speaking, a herb is: “A perennial plant whose stem is soft and dies down to the ground after flowering”.

However, such a narrow definition excludes plants currently considered by many of us to be herbs. For example, Bay leaves are used for culinary purposes and are thought by many of us as a herb, but the Bay is in fact a tree.

And when is something a spice and when a herb? Wikipedia says: “A spice is a dried seed, fruit, root, bark, or vegetative substance primarily used for flavouring, colouring or preserving food. Spices are distinguished from herbs, which are parts of leafy green plants also used for flavouring or as garnish”.

To many of us, much of the description given here for a spice would also apply to a herb. Even within the Queensland Herb Society we prefer to blur the lines a little and feel that herbs are much, much more than just “leafy green plants used for flavouring or garnish”! Many herbs have amazing medicinal qualities too.

” a plant whose leaves, flowers, seeds or other parts are used for medicine, perfume, flavouring food or other purposes.”

Want to learn more about herbs and their broad appeal?

DirectoryQueensland Herb Society

Basilea Living Herbs

Sarah Heath
Open days third Saturday of each month

8am to 1pm
www.basilealivingherbs.com

Mudbrick Cottage Herb Farm

Mick & Sandra Nanka
491 Springbrook Road, Mudgeeraba
Open Monday & Tuesday 9am–4pm
And the third weekend of each month

E: sandra@herbcottage.com.au
www.herbcottage.com.au

The Gardeners Wall 

Kate Wall
Garden Consultations and Workshops
Tel: 0448 460 037

E: thegardenerswall@westnet.com.au
F: The Gardeners Wall

Naturopath and Herbalist

Bettina Schmoll
NHAA Memb No. 155797,  MHealth Science, AdvDip Appl Science
Mobile: 0414 603 837
E: bettina.schmoll7@gmail.com