A collection of proverbs and quotes about herbs, spices and medicinal plants.

Centella is a medicinal herb

A man only takes rosella to the bush to plant one time.

West Africa
A proverb from the Soninke people of West Africa: Mali, Mauritania, Senegal, Gambia and Guinea Bissau. [Yugo do Sangume wa telle gunne ta banne ya]. The proverb is used in contexts when something only needs to be done once.

And they took the body of Jesus and wound it in linen clothes with the spices and aloes as the manner of the Jews is to bury.

John 19:39-40

But woe to you Pharisees! For you pay tithe of mint and rue and every kind of garden herb, and yet disregard justice and the love of God; but these are the things you should have done without neglecting the others.

Luke 11:42

Don't be afraid of the chili pepper, even though it's so red.

Mexican proverb

England and the English. As a rule they will refuse even to sample a foreign dish, they regard such things as garlic and olive oil with disgust, life is unlivable to them unless they have tea and puddings.

George Orwell

Great love affairs start with Champagne and end with tisane.

Honoré de Balzac

He nibbled a bit of sorrel, and he drank from a small mountain-stream that crossed the path, and he ate three wild strawberries that he found on its bank, but it was not much good.

The Hobbit: Or There and Back Again
J. R. R. Tolkien

How can you be burnt by chilies which you have not eaten?

Kent, sir — everybody knows Kent — apples, cherries, hops, and women.

Charles Dickens

Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme.

Simon and Garfunkel
Title of the third album by Simon & Garfunkel (1966). The name comes from the second line of the album’s first track, “Scarborough Fair/Canticle”.

The bushes, and the long grasses between the boulders, the patches of rabbit-cropped turf, the thyme and the sage and the marjoram, and the yellow rockroses all vanished, and they found themselves at the top of a wide steep slope of fallen stones, the remains of a landslide.

The Hobbit: Or There and Back Again
J. R. R. Tolkien

The difference between herbs and spices is that herbs come from the leafy part of plants and spices from the wood, seed, fruit, or other nonleafy part.

At Home
Bill Bryson

There's rosemary, that's for remembrance


Tomatoes and oregano make it Italian; Wine and tarragon make it French; Sour cream makes it Russian; Lemon and cinnamon make it Greek; Soy sauce makes it Chinese; Garlic makes it good.

Alice May Brock

Where Basil grows, no evil goes!

Whoever eats chili gets burned.