The International Herb Association

Herb of the Year™

In 1991, the International Herb Association established National Herb Week to be celebrated every year during the week prior to Mother's Day. The purpose of National Herb Week is to develop and coordinate national attention on herbs, herbal uses, herb businesses, and the IHA.

Herb of the Year™ Selections:

1995 Fennel
1996 Monarda
1997 Thyme
1998 Mint
1999 Lavender
2000 Rosemary
2001 Sage
2002 Echinacea
2003 Basil
2004 Garlic
2005 Oregano & Marjoram
2006 Scented Geraniums
2007 Lemon Balm
2008 Calendula
2009 Bay Laurel
2010 Dill
2011 Horseradish
2012 Rose
2013 Elderberry
2014 Artemisia ssp. (Wormwood, Tarragon, et al.)
2015 Savory Saturea ssp.
2016 Peppers Caspicum ssp.
2017 Coriander/Cilantro Coriandrum sativum
2018 Agastache ssp.
(Anise Hyssop, et al.)
2019 Hops Humulus ssp.
2020 Rubus spp.
(Blackberries, Raspberries, et al.)

Every year since 1995, the International Herb Association has chosen an Herb of the Year™ to highlight. The Herb of the Year™ Program, spearheaded by IHA's Horticulture Committee, has established Herb of the Year™ selections up to 2020. All IHA members are invited to participate in the selection process. Long-standing member, Chuck Voigt, who has been involved in the selection process for many years explains, "The Horticultural Committee evaluates possible choices based on them being outstanding in at least two of the three major categories: medicinal, culinary, or decorative." Herb societies, groups, and organizations, from around the world, work together to educate the public about these important herbs throughout the year. The IHA publishes a booklet each year to celebrate that year's selected herb. IHA members contribute material ranging from growing information to botanical information to recipes. Members receive a single copy as part of their membership. Copies are available for purchase by members, businesses, and the general public.

Celebrate the use of herbs and all things herbal!

Millions of individuals throughout the world use herbs in their day-to-day life. Members of the International Herb Association (IHA) are proud to support these individuals by providing quality products and services including information and education surrounding the use of herbs.

Herb of the Year™

The Herb of the Year™ Program, spearheaded by IHA's Horticulture Committee, has established Herb of the Year™ selections up to 2020. Selections are made based on the herb being outstanding in at least two of the three major categories: culinary, medicinal, or ornamental. Herbal organizations around the world work together with us to educate the public throughout the year. All IHA members are invited to participate in the selection process.
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Join the IHA

Membership has its benefits:
  • Listing in the IHA Membership Directory of Herb Professionals
  • Your business listed online in the IHA member directory
    • Expose your business to thousands of potential new customers
    • Link to your Web site or a mini page on iherb.org
    • Help setting up your own Web site
  • Access to iherb.org members only area
  • Access to exclusive online forum
  • Educational opportunities at national conferences
  • Discounts on conference fees and valuable proceedings of prior conferences
  • Professional peer networking
  • Herb of the Year™ publication
  • Quarterly newsletters
  • Promotional support for Herb of the Year™ program and National Herb Week
  • Support for National Herb Day
  • Lasting professional friendships and opportunities to associate with a network of diverse herbal businesses
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