Growing your own Herbs

Growing Herbs at Home

Have you ever wanted to have your own herb garden but didn’t know where to start? Well your in luck, this is your guide to starting your own herb garden at home. I will help you learn which herbs to start with and tips for helping them thrive.

Parsley

Parsley is full of nutrients including Vitamins A and C, and just one tablespoon gives you more than half of your recommended daily intake of vitamin K, that’s essential for healthy blood. So don’t leave this miracle herb on the side of your plate, it’s not just a garnish.

Tips for growing: Parsley is easy to grow, which makes it perfect for the first time gardener. It doesn’t need much sunlight or maintenance, so just be sure the soil doesn’t get too dry (if it wilts it rarely recovers.) Parsley is a slow grower at a compared to other herbs, So be patient it’s worth waiting for.

Rosemary
This aromatic herb contains compounds, such as carnosic acid, that have been shown to fight cancer. Also the smell of rosemary may even improve your memory. Some of the unique health benefits of rosemary include its ability to improve mood, reduce inflammation, relieve pain, protect the immune system, stimulate circulation, detoxify the body, protect the body from bacterial infections, prevent premature aging, and healing the skin.

Tips for growing: Rosemary grows best in full sunshine and likes to be watered often. Just touching the leaves of this herb can release its aromatic properties.

Thyme
Thyme has long been used as an herbal remedy for respiratory problems such as asthma and bronchitis, it also has antiseptic properties. Thyme also adds a boost of flavor to soups, salads, and just about any recipe you may want to add it to.

Tips for growing: Thyme’s is great for indoor growing because of it’s small size. Be sure it has access to plenty of sunshine.

Lavender
Lavender is packed with health benefits including it’s fragrance is soothing and known for helping you fall asleep. It contains antioxidants known as polyphenols that help fight belly bloat and it lends a floral and slightly sweet flavor to most dishes.

Tips for growing: Lavender grows best outdoors. It needs a sunny area that gets at least eight hours of light a day. Lavender requires good drainage, so if you do decide to plant it indoors, make sure the pot has holes in the bottom to provide good. drainage.

Basil
Basil is known to calm nerves, is a good source of fiber, and has a detoxifying effect on the liver. The oil of this plant has also been found to help clear skin blemishes, because of its powerful anti-inflammatory properties. With this one a little goes a long way, so use judicially.

Tips for growing: Basil is a hardy plant that grows readily, indoors or out. It doesn’t require much attention and likes to be  watered every other day. 

Sage
Sage is known for its antiseptic and antioxidant properties, which can help in the fight against early aging. Sage has also been used as a natural remedy for anxiety and fatigue and is thought to be a memory enhancer.

Tips for growing: Sage is a high-maintenance herb and may not be the best choice for first time gardeners. To thrive, it needs plenty of sunlight, good soil, and a watering every other day.

Chives
This tasty herb, is a member of the onion family and can help boost your immune system. Studies suggest that eating allium vegetables, including garlic, scallions, and chives, is associated with a lower risk of developing certain cancers, including prostate, stomach, and breast.

Tips for growing: Chives grow easily and can be grown indoors, because they don’t need a lot of light. They also don’t require much space to flourish.

Mint
Mint is a great source of vitamin A and provides more than half of your recommended daily intake in just two tablespoons. It is good for curing bad breath, as well as, curing digestion, nausea, headaches, and respiratory disorders,such as, asthma.

Tips for growing: This one is known to take off fast and needs plenty of space to grow. Since it grows so well and fast, it will choke out anything else near it, therefore it grows best outdoors in a raised bed.

 

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