HerbFest 2014 will feature artemisia plants- 2014 Herb Of The Year.

The International Herb Association

Artemisia: Herb of the Year™ 2014
Compiled by Karen O'Brien

Artemisia spp.: Herb of the Year™ 2014
Available soon

In 2014, we celebrate Artemisia spp.Herb of the Year™2014

The International Herb Association proudly presents a preview of our Herb of the Year™ Publication.

The International Herb Association has chosen the genus Artemisia to highlight in its latest Herb of the Year™. This diverse herb family contains many strikingly different plants, from the highly decorative Artemisia ludoviciana 'Silver King' to the delicious and tender French tarragon (Artemisia dracunculus 'Sativa'). Artemisia has a long history, prominent in folklore, its virtues used in numerous ways: to protect and heal, create tasty beverages and foods, decorate the home and work its magical properties. Brimming with facts on every facet of this plant from fragrance and flavor, botany and cultivation, lore and history, to favorites, fun facts, poetry, crafts, medicinal information, not to mention recipes for the kitchen, bath and boudoir, and the apothecary! This compilation is written by more than 15 contributors-experts, members, as well as friends of IHA-and contains over 20 articles, in addition to photographs and illustrations from a dozen artists, all inspired byArtemisia; Herb of the Year™ 2014.


  The word perfume comes from the Latin phrase, per meaning "through and fumus meaning smoke." The French later gave the name parfum to the pleasant smells that drift through the air from burning incense. There are few periods of history that have not been influenced by perfume.

   In ancient Rome the practice of "strewing herbs" was done to enhance the arrival of the Royal party as they strolled the ancient streets. Rosemary would be strewn in front of the procession so as the Emperor and his entourage advanced they stepped on the rosemary and the delightful fragrances wafted into the air. To the commoners it added a delightful fragrance to the experience of meeting the rulers of their country.


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