There are many reasons why you'd want to start growing your own herbs, from motivating you to cook more, to saving money on your grocery bill. Many of the herbs you'll add to your meals will not only make your meals taste better, but the herbs have healing properties as well.
Now, especially, is a great time for window sill gardening. It can help relieve stress, and give you some sense of control over planting your own seeds, watching them grow, only to reap what you sow in a short period of time. It’s also a great teaching tool for children who may be out of school.
Some great reasons to start growing your own herbs are:
Some of the best herbs to grow indoors are:
Lemon balm belongs in the mint family. It has a lemony flavor, and goes great in tea, iced or hot. Traditionally, lemon balm has been used to calm the nerves, soothe anxiety, and works like a mild antidepressant. It grows rather large, and requires little care.
Thyme is an aromatic evergreen herb often used in dishes like potatoes and chicken. However, it does a lot more than just season your dinner. You can gargle with it to eliminate bad breath and mouth sores. It also has antifungal and antimicrobial properties, so it could help ward off a cold or flu.
Sage is a popular herb that's been used medicinally for centuries. It has far-reaching benefits that range from sharpening cleverness to soothing sore throats.
Holy basil has been a sacred plant in India due to its array of medicinal uses and uplifting, calming nature. The flowers and leaves are a remedy for:
While you can certainly cook with holy basil, it's far more tasty in elixir or tea.
Oregano is a multi-tasking herb both in and out of the kitchen. It's antifungal and antibacterial. You can make tea from its leaves, and use it to fight headaches and colds, or use it in homemade cleaning products. When you steep oregano in vinegar, you can use it to wipe your countertops down rather than the all-purpose cleaner.
We could all use a good cup of chamomile tea just about now. Chamomile tea can help to calm your nerves, and also lull you to sleep. And, there’s no need to buy it, when you can brew your own from fresh or dried chamomile flower heads. Chamomile is easy to grow, too. Once it’s firmly rooted, it’s a no-fuss herb to grow.
To grow your own herbs, follow these tips:
Along with tasting delicious, fresh herbs also look great. They're simple to grow, and can fit in compact areas. Tending to an herb garden can be a pleasant and fun daily task that rewards you for your efforts. They will provide noticeable improvements in your grocery bill, cooking endeavors, and taste buds!