Herbs and spices form an important ingredient of our daily life. Each herband spice has certain medicinal qualitiesas well. Therefore from early partof human civilization herbs and spices have been grown, harvested, tradedand consumed both as medicine and as part of culinary delights.The earliest mention of these herbs and spices we trace in Hindu scriptureslike Ramayana, and Vedas.
is entirely dedicated to the sacredknowledge of these herbs and spices. Still one can find traces in
. These are replete with description and thecurative properties of these herbs and spices. Some of those mentioned inthese scriptures are not found in India. However blending of cultures andmigration exposed humanity to more than 500 different herbs. Chinese haveintroduced nearly 1000 herbs whose descriptions date back to 2500 BC. Andsuch description is found in
.Hippocrates, a Greek Physician, who is the father of modern medicine hasalso listed hundreds of herbal varieties,alltaken togetherbear ampletestimony to the significance and importance of the use of herbs as cure forailments. As man evolved his ingenuity allowed him to explore all that nature has intreasure. In the old days herbs were collected from the forests, hill tops,plains, and river –beds as these grew there. Butthere was no organizedeffort to grow these. These herbs were used both for medicinal purpose aswell as to as flavors and delight to cooking. Almost all the civilizations and culinary styles use herbs and spices tovarying degrees. However Indians have used these herbs and spices morecomprehensively thanany other civilization. Each herb has flavor, medicinalqualities and tastes. However when these are used as combinationcomplementing one another the value of such combination is enhanced