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Herbs

One of the simplest and oldest ways of using herbs is to eat them as food. Hippocrates said let your food be your medicine and your medicine be your food; well, we can really do this with herbs. Dieting on herbs is a most excellent form of preventative medicine, a way of connecting properly with our environment, making ourselves more aligned with nature, part of nature. Herbs are full of all sorts of nutriments which are anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, immune system and tissue building, cleansing and tonic to the blood, clearing for the liver and much more besides. Studies are emerging that show that forage foods, and including good quantities of herbs and spices in the diet are preventative and curative for most of the ills of Western culture such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, chronic inflammatory disease in general. Kids love the frisson of preparing food from ‘weeds’ and wild plants. Many of our most valuable native and naturalised plants can be included in the diet easily and are much easier to grow that the cultivars that we tend to eat; they are fresher, in season, totally local and really flavoursome.