Thursday, April 24, 2008


Herbal medicines? These words remind me of Quiapo Church, where many people after saying prayers throng the many stalls in the area. You can find several vendors offering plants, probably most of them taken from their own backyards, saying this and that offers panacea for all body pains. One has to realize, however, that these are not just ordinary stems and leaves. From experiments inside the labs, herbs are proven to contain medicinal values.


Broadly defined, products of plant origin used primarily for the seasoning of food to give it flavor and aroma. Herbs, such as parsley, bay leaf, or tarragon may be more precisely defined as fragrant leaves grown in the temperate zone. Anise, mustard, and sesame are examples of flavorful seeds, some of which grow in the tropics and some in temperate regions. In another group are the lustlly flavored vegetables—onion, garlic, chives, celery, or sweet peppers—which are used for seasoning, as well as for their food value.

“… are you going to Scarborough Fair,
parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme!...”





Herbs strong enough to add a distinctive flavor accent include sweet basil, dill, mint, sweet marjoram, tarragon, and thyme. Pungent herbs, such as rosemary, sage, oregano (also called wild marjoram), and winter savory should be used with discretion.


JM said...

Tito Bay,

I remember this one, you also wrote one essay for Jan on the same topic. How is Jan now? I heard he got married young and has a boy. Naku ha! Did he finish his college?


Bay Martin said...

Nope, he didn't get married. He had a live-in partner. I said, he had, meaning "wala na sila". They decided to separate ways. Ganuon lang. Yes, they have a son, Justin. He stays with his Mom. Jan is back in Caloocan.

Monching said...

A week ago, my tummy was aching. The teaboy prepared for me cammomile tea (tama ba spelling), it helped a lot. I was relieved of pain. Since then, I shifted from ordinary tea to cammomile! It's really good, try it!