Simply defined, herbs are the leaves and stems of certain plants used in cooking because of their unique, aromatic flavors. Herbs not only add flavor, but have been used for thousands of years for health and wellness. Available fresh or dried, herbs add rich, full-bodied taste to soups, stews, and salad dressings among other things. When using fresh herbs, remember to use three to four times the amount of dried, as drying concentrates their natural flavor. Try to buy your herbs in their organic form, since you can be assured that these herbs are not irradiated, as most commercial brands are. Herbs have been used since ancient times as medicine and have powerful compounds that influence our well-being. Basil, for instance is a blood purifier, rosemary stabilizes the spleen; parsley freshens breath by fighting bacteria.

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