Ruševec - Family Vacation Pohorje


Herbs, Spices or Seasonings and Aromatic Herbs

Kaj so zelišča, kaj začimbe in kaj dišavnice?

Terms herbs, spices, seasonings are widely used. But there is a difference between them. In everyday language we use the word herb for all plants that have medicinal or spicy substances. But actually, there are three groups of herbs: herbs, spices or seasonings and aromatic herbs.

Botanically, a herb is a plant with unlignified stem. In everyday use all plants that are used in cuisine as food- or drink additives or as colours or preservation substances are called herbs. Medicinal properties of herbs are used in medicine. In cosmetics or in aromatherapy, herbs are used for perfumes. Some herbs are used also for cleaning products.

Herb are, without any doubt, of great help to mankind ‒ they help us to be healthy and beautiful and they affect our general well-being.

Spices or seasonings are parts of plants with strong smell and taste. In the kitchen, they are indispensable, they enrich food by giving it stronger taste and smell. Essential oil and plant colours are made out of spices. But spices are much more than that ‒ many of them have beneficial effects on our internal organs. Most of spices have positive effects on gastric acid, speed digestion, and help against flatulence. Essential oils of herbs are antibacterial and help against decay or infection. Spices contain antioxidants that prevent fat from getting bad; whereas in the human body they fight against free radicals ‒ one of the main aging factors. Certain spice mixes reduce need for salt.   

Aromatic Herbs give delightful aroma to food, but they do not have strong seasoning substances. They are used for taste regulation of beverages, sweets and other dishes and in mixes for room fragrances. Most of them contain essential oil.

Herbs and the Four Elements

In ancient times, people divided plants into four groups. According to its taste and smell each plant belonged to one of the basic elements: fire, water, air or earth. Very bitter plants resembled fire; plants with mucus belonged to water, drugs containing essential oils to air and carbohydrate plants to earth. But experiences show that many plants combine qualities of different elements. For ex. Daphnis (Peucedanum ostruthium) is a universal medicine: its roots belong to earth, umbels to air, whereas it tastes like fire. Also diseases were grouped according to the four elements and the plant which cured them came from the same group.   

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Villa Ruševec
Hočko Pohorje 36 n
SI - 2208 Pohorje, SLOVENIA
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The Boutique Wellness Ruševec is really something, the real experience. Body treatments are superb ‒ they include all branches of wellness. We recommend it to all who are looking for a place to relax.


Pohorje and the Villa Ruševec surrounding is a perfect location for hikers and bikers. It’s very peaceful, there are many well-marked paths and routes of all levels of difficulty.


The Villa Ruševec is situated in a very quiet, full-of-hills location of Pohorje. We recommend it to all who are seeking to be in touch with wonderful nature.


The surrounding of the Villa Ruševec is wonderful and the Villa is clean and nice. We were very satisfied with the additional offers. A ski centre is only 2 km away and after skiing the Ruševec is a perfect peaceful shelter.


Thank you for a wonderful family relaxation in your apartment. I recommend the Villa Ruševec to all. My children enjoyed it very much. Ruško the Black Grouse rules.

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