The International Herb Association

Artemisia: Herb of the Year™ 2014
Compiled by Karen O'Brien

In 2014, we celebrate Artemisia spp. Herb of the Year™2014

The International Herb Association proudly presents a preview of our Herb of the Year™ Publication.

The International Herb Association has chosen the genus Artemisia to highlight in its latest Herb of the Year™. This diverse herb family contains many strikingly different plants, from the highly decorative Artemisia ludoviciana 'Silver King' to the delicious and tender French tarragon (Artemisia dracunculus 'Sativa'). Artemisia has a long history, prominent in folklore, its virtues used in numerous ways: to protect and heal, create tasty beverages and foods, decorate the home and work its magical properties. Brimming with facts on every facet of this plant from fragrance and flavor, botany and cultivation, lore and history, to favorites, fun facts, poetry, crafts, medicinal information, not to mention recipes for the kitchen, bath and boudoir, and the apothecary! This compilation is written by more than 15 contributors-experts, members, as well as friends of IHA-and contains over 20 articles, in addition to photographs and illustrations from a dozen artists, all inspired by Artemisia; Herb of the Year™ 2014.


Herb of the Year™ books are published annually by the International Herb Association.
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These books are intended as informational guides. The remedies, approaches and techniques described herein are meant to supplement, and not to be a substitute for professional medical care or treatment; please consult your health care provider.

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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