Herbs have been used since prehistoric times. Don’t believe me? Next time you’re in France, check out the Lascaux cave paintings which depict herbs. Carbon dating traces those drawings back to between 13,000 and 25,000 B.C.
Ancient Romans and Greeks crowned their leaders with dill and laurel. The Romans also used dill to purify the air.
In the 5th century B.C., Hippocrates, the famous Greek physician, listed approximately 400 herbs in common use.
Around 65 A.D., Pedanius Dioscorides, a Greek physician serving with the Roman army, wrote “De Materia Medica,” in which he described the medicinal uses of many herbs. Even today, it is considered one of the most influential herbal books.
Herbs are one of the most versatile categories of plants as they have such opportunity to lift and flavour dishes.