Definition of Herbs

Small sized green plants having soft stem and no branches
Example of Herbs: Fennel, Cilantro, Lemon grass, Mint, Thyme, Oregano, Basil

More About Herbs

  • Herbs are botanically known as Herbaceous plants
  • Herbs do not have persistent woody stem
  • Herbs are variedly used in medicine
  • The study and use of medicinal properties of herbs is called Herbalism or herbal medicine
  • The example of herbs used in Medicine are Alfalfa, Aleo vera, Basil, Dandelion, Eucalyptus, Rosemary, Garlic, Ginger
  • Herbs used in food, as flavouring agent include Cilantro, Chives, Parsley, Mint, Basil, Thyme, Dill, Fennel
  • Herbs are meant sacred and are used for spiritual purposes in different religions. Example of herbs used for spiritual purpose are Myrrh, Frankincense, Basil, Neem and Cannabis

Questions based on Herbs:

1) Herbs are taller than shrubs but shorter than trees

a) True
b) False

Solution: (b) Herbs are shorter when compared to shrubs and trees

2) Which among the following is not true about Herbs?

a) They are used in food as flavouring agent
b) They have a persistent woody stem
c) They are meant sacred in some religions
d) They have medicinal value

Solution: (b) Herbs have soft and weak stem. They do not have persistent woody stem as found in trees

3) Herbs are used in medicines as well as for spiritual purposes

a) True
b) False

Solutions: (a) Herbs such as aloe vera and alfalfa are used as medicines while basil and cannabis are also known to be sacred