At lvl 20 I began Herbalism/Alchemy for a quest and now I wish I had put worth the effort from the very beginning. After all that was my original plan. Instead, I ended the game at lvl 23 as an Expert in Fishing, which is not only a excellent money making skill (thanks Unshra), but a great social skill as well. Very relaxing, just fishing and conversation. What originally turned me off from Herbalism was the gathering (searching) aspect, but I soon realized that you aquire a Find Herbs ability that indicates where nearby herbs are on the minimap. It’s actually quite fun collecting! And Alchemy has a book of formulas or recipes if you will of various potions and their necessary components. So there is no guess work involved in either. Something I also noticed is that HP/MP potions can be used during combat, while HP/MP food and drink items cannot.