So much can be said about herbs and spices! These plants are important for their medicinal and nutritional properties, as well as for more mythical qualities ascribed to them in folklore. They have great commercial value and also provide simple pleasures to those who grow them at home. Many herbs and spices have also served as cosmetics, dyestuffs, perfumes, or insect repellents. Flaxseed even gave us a floor covering—linoleum! Throughout their long association with human beings, these small vegetable products have had a significant, sometimes tumultuous, effect on the course of history.