Aromatic plants are called this way because of the good smell they emit. They are rich of essential oils which biological function could be of defence against phytophagous insects or of vegetal metabolism stimulating. Aromatic essence production could be diffused in the whole plant components such as onion and garlic bulbs or roots; tea and coffee leaves; sandal and camphor wood; anise, pepper, vanilla and juniper seeds. Aromatic plants can be woody species, shrub-like species or more commonly annual and perennial herbaceous. In this section data sheet dedicate to each aromatic plant will show you their main characteristic, how to grow them (watering, light, humidity, soil, bedding out), their main employment (cooking, cosmetic, perfumery, medicine), how to defend them against parasitic and diseases that could affect plants.Aromatic plants employments is very variegated. Most of them are also healing herbs; are used in cooking as spices to flavour dishes; in perfumery and cosmetic to produce handcrafted ointments, ... continua
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, creams, unguents, balms and perfumes; in herbal medicine can be used both fresh and dehydrated to produce infusions; in chemical industry to extract essences destined to cosmetic, food and pharmaceutical industries. Here we will talk about the most important aromatic plants we usually use to flavour our dishes and that are so diffused in our cooking. Many of us use to grow aromatic plants into vases placed in balconies and little terraces: sage, parsley, basil, rosemary, mint, marjoram need few attention and take care of them is very easy. But aromatic plants are not only for tasty banquets: they are also useful for lots of scopes. For example the sage is a good teeth whitening, an antiseptic and a digestive (when infused) and even an anti-moth (when dehydrated). Mint is a disinfectant useful for gargles; mixed with baking soda and calcium soda is an efficient toothpaste; cleansing with mint infusion are useful to relieve congestion in the face.Aromatherapy is a very ancient therapeutic intervention used from time immemorial by different civilizations. In the Egyptian civilization ministers have been the first to understand the therapeutic importance of aromatic plants and their essential oils developing techniques to condense and prepare oils. Along this culture, Jewish people during their exodus did learn a lot becoming themselves appreciate perfumers. Greeks also learned lots of things from Egyptians and like the formers they believe in the divine nature of essential oils. From Greece to the Imperial Rome, cult for aromatic plants and aromatherapy has been diffused through thermal baths frequentation.