Herb Day

Observed annually on the first Saturday in May, Herb Day is a holiday that celebrates the herbs we use for cooking, healing, and cosmetic purposes. This holiday also actively encourages people to use more herbs in their daily lives. In the U.S., this holiday has been observed since 2006, although it is not an official public holiday at this moment.

It is a good day to spread the word about the usefulness and benefits of herbs to anyone who hasn’t had much experience with herbal products or using herbs in their cooking. This day should not be confused with Herbs & Spices Day—a holiday that is observed on June 10th every year.

Interesting Facts About Herbs

Let’s take a look at some of the interesting facts that we’ve uncovered about herbs. We did quite a bit of research for this holiday and would love to share our findings with anyone interested in learning a little bit more about herbs so they can celebrate Herb Day.

  • Herbs can be used fresh or dried.
  • Dried herbs are stronger in flavor, so only use one-third of what you would use if the herbs were fresh for a recipe.
  • Dried herbs are best added at the beginning of cooking, while fresh herbs are usually added at the end.
  • Everyone can grow their own herbs for cooking.
  • Thyme is an herb that has traditionally been associated with courage.
  • Rosemary has traditionally been used to improve memory and to increase a person’s energy levels.

Observing Herb Day

Anyone wanting to observe Herb Day can do so by incorporating herbs into their cooking or by using one of the thousands of herbal products currently on the market. It’s also a good day to learn more about herbs, and there are several great books on the subject, including “Medicinal Herbs” by Rosemary Gladstar, “Reader’s Digest Essential Book of Herbs,” and “The Complete Illustrated Book of Herbs.” People wishing to spread the word about this holiday can do so simply by using the hashtag #HerbDay.

When is it?
This year (2024)
May 4 Saturday
Next year (2025)
May 3 Saturday
Last year (2023)
May 6 Saturday
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