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National Herb Day

Celebrate National Herb Day with the freshest flavors - add herbs to your favorite dishes for an extra burst of flavor and health benefits!
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Get ready to celebrate National Herb Day on May 6! This special day is all about honoring the unique and varied flavors that herbs can bring to our meals, as well as the health benefits that some of them offer. Herbs have been used for medicinal purposes since ancient times, but it wasn’t until the Middle Ages that they began to be widely used in cooking. Today, herbs are a mainstay in many cuisines around the world and can add incredible flavor and depth to any dish. So let's celebrate this special day by exploring the amazing world of herbs!

History of National Herb Day

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<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>3000 BC</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Ancient Herbal Use</div><div class='timeline-text'>Herbs were used in medicine in ancient civilizations such as Egypt and China, highlighting their long-standing value to human health.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>Middle Ages</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Herbs in Culinary Practice</div><div class='timeline-text'>During the Middle Ages, herbs started to be widely used in culinary practice, laying the foundation for modern usage.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>15th Century</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Herb Gardens in Monasteries</div><div class='timeline-text'>Monasteries maintained herb gardens, using them both for medicinal application as well as in their kitchens.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1950s</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Post-War Herb Renaissance</div><div class='timeline-text'>After World War II, the use of fresh herbs in cooking saw a revival and began to gain popularity in modern cuisine.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2000</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>National Herb Day Established</div><div class='timeline-text'>The Herb Society of America officially established "National Herb Day" to raise awareness about the importance of herbs in our daily lives.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate National Herb Day

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Visit a herb garden</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Visit a local herb garden and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere. Take a stroll and learn about the different herbs that are grown in the garden.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Make your own herb tea</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Brew your own herb tea by combining different herbs and spices. Find the perfect recipe for your taste buds.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Cook with herbs</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Experiment with new recipes and incorporate herbs into your dishes. Use different herbs to give flavor to your dishes.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Make herbal bath bombs</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Create your own herbal bath bombs with therapeutic essential oils, herbs, and botanicals. Enjoy a relaxing soak in a luxurious herbal bath.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Grow your own herbs</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Grow your own herbs indoors or outdoors in your garden. Experiment with different herbs and see what works best in your climate.</p></div></div>

Why We Love National Herb Day

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Herbs have medicinal properties</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Herbs have been used for centuries to treat a variety of ailments. Whether it's an upset stomach, headache, or muscle aches, herbs can provide relief without the need for more traditional medications. Plus, many herbs are great sources of vitamins and minerals that can help keep you healthy and energized!</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Herbs add flavor to meals</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Whether it's rosemary, oregano or dill, herbs are a simple way to add depth and complexity to any dish. They offer a subtle but unmistakable flavor that can transform ordinary recipes into something truly special. So be sure to take advantage of all the amazing flavors herbs have to offer!</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Herbs are easy to grow</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>If you have a green thumb then growing your own herbs is a great way to get some fresh ingredients right out of your window sill. Herbs are relatively easy to grow and don't require much maintenance – just some soil, light and water will do the trick! And with freshly harvested herbs at your fingertips any time of year, your cooking will never be the same!</p></div></div>

5 Amazing Facts for National Herb Day

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Herbs were once used as currency</h3><p class='facts-text'>Certain types of herbs were esteemed so highly in ancient times that they were used as a form of payment. This historical usage underlines the value that societies have placed on herbs throughout history.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>There are over 20,000 varieties of edible plants in the world</h3><p class='facts-text'>Only about 20 percent of these are being cultivated for food. This leaves a vast amount of plant diversity and richness waiting to be explored and celebrated, particularly in the realm of herbs.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Basil was considered a royal herb in ancient Greece</h3><p class='facts-text'>In ancient Greece, only the king was allowed to cut this plant with a specially designated sickle. This shows the profound respect and reverence that certain cultures have had for herbs.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Herbs can aid in pest control</h3><p class='facts-text'>Many gardeners plant herbs not just for cooking but also to repel pests. Strong-smelling herbs like mint and rosemary can deter bugs and other pests from invading your garden.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Herbs have symbolic meanings</h3><p class='facts-text'>In addition to their culinary and medicinal uses, herbs also hold symbolic meanings in different cultures. For example, in Christian tradition, rosemary symbolizes remembrance while thyme represents courage.</p></div></div>

National Herb Day FAQs

When is National Herb Day?

National Herb Day Dates

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2023

May 6

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2024

May 4

Saturday

2025

May 3

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2026

May 2

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2027

May 1

Saturday

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