07/12/15 6:00am
07/12/2015 6:00 AM
New Suffolk herbalist Heather Cusack trims herbs last Thursday in a garden at Peconic Land Trust in Cutchogue. Ms. Cusack, who is currently leading community workshops about herbs, says the plants are useful for more than just cooking. (Credit: Rachel  Young photos)

New Suffolk herbalist Heather Cusack trims herbs last Thursday in a garden at Peconic Land Trust in Cutchogue. Ms. Cusack, who is currently leading community workshops about herbs, says the plants are useful for more than just cooking. (Credit: Rachel Young photos)

Herbs are for more than just sprinkling into a pot of bubbling tomato sauce.

Yes, they “smell and taste delicious,” said New Suffolk herbalist Heather Cusack, but these plants, many of which are now in bloom, can just as easily be used for medicinal and cosmetic purposes.

“They can be used for so many things,” said Ms. Cusack, who owns Heather’s Herbals. “They aren’t pharmaceutical and they’re really simple and have been used for thousands of years.”

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