The benefits of using natural herbs for aromatherapy, stress relief, and flavoring foods are undisputed. The most efficient way to prepare dried herbs for use is to crush their leaves in a grinder.
Fresh and dried lavender, chamomile, jasmine, peppermint, lemongrass, orange, and balsam are natural ingredients for aromatherapy. Herb grinders can be used to combine the dried leaves together to form a blend you can use for sachets or potpourri.
Unpopular as it may be, tobacco is commonly used to relieve stress. Pipe or cigarette smokers adventurous enough to grow their own tobacco will need to use a grinder to make them rollable.
In California, Oregon, and several other states, the medicinal use of marijuana has been decriminalized for relief from stress, pain, and the nausea associated with undergoing chemotherapy treatment for cancer.
Allspice, basil, bay leaf, marjoram, coriander – the list of culinary herbs goes on and on. A kitchen grinder can make them all accessible to you. A grinder makes all the pieces of an herb uniform. You never have to worry that someone will get an extra big bite of thyme or oregano.
Mortar and Pestle
One of the earliest grinders known to humankind is still in use today: the mortar and pestle. This combination, most effective when made from stone, reduces sturdy dried herbs to powder in no time at all.
It does require some effort, though, to get results.
The best selling modern grinders available today look like a flat, round disc that fits in the palm of your hand. The disc is actually a compartment with an upper and lower part that has pegs protruding from the inside. When you twist the upper and lower pieces of the grinder, the herbs are ground by the action of the pegs against each other.
Bud Buster Grinder
An "underground" use, if you will, for grinders is to chop cannabis to prepare it for smoking, similar to the way pipe smokers would chop tobacco. These grinders have come to be nicknamed "bud busters" because they break up flower buds of the marijuana plant.
More sophisticated grinders include a fine screen to separate the more potent pollen and micro particles from the leaf of the plant.
Grinders can also be used to grind tea leaves or chop any dense, sticky, leafy material that an individual needs to reduce in size.