So here I am in my second week of my herbal studies course with a kitchen counter swamped underneath containers of (so far) 36 herbs - most of which I've never heard of and most certainly have no idea what they do or how they taste. One of my assignments is to taste each herb, individually. That's pretty daunting when you hold a bag up to your nose and it smells of fetid earth or grass. However, I've discovered that it's more fun experimenting with them when I don't look up their properties beforehand. And I've already learned that the smell doesn't always identify the taste and whether or not it will be pleasant. I give each herb a taste and then wait to see if I notice any changes. For instance, one of my cups was Catnip. I guess I've read so much about how cats react to it that I figured I'd be hyped up. Nope. The only thing I noticed, and I commented to a co-worker that I was sure it was my imagination, was that my sinuses seemed to open up and I could breathe better. From there, I looked up its properties online and discovered that it's widely known as a decongestant.
One advantage of working in hospice is that I get to play with all the therapy dogs. This is Asher, a Corgi.