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An indoor herb garden is an easy and inexpensive way to bring some greenery into your home and some flavor onto your plate. There are many different kinds of herbs to choose from, some are better suited for growing indoors than others. What’s great is that they are quite easy to care for, as long as you have the right amount of lighting and keep the watering to a minimum.

Herbs are an excellent way to add a little extra flavor to any dish. Not only do they enhance the taste, they will also benefit your health. For example, chewing on fennel seeds aids in relieving indigestion and also helps freshen your breath. Sage has a high amount of antioxidants and thyme is a great source of vitamins A and C. A study in Cancer Prevention Research showed that parsley has high levels of apigenin, an inflammation fighter that kills cancer cells.

If you aren’t convinced yet, what about using an herb garden to spice up your décor?

Your herbs are going to need a home to grow in. Luckily there are many fun ideas for planters. Old gutters, empty yogurt containers and tea cups can all be repurposed into herb growing containers! Sunny from LakeLuv has some wonderful examples of hanging pallet planters that can be used in the home.

My favorite of all the planter ideas is one made from a repurposed aluminum can. It is so simple, all you need is a couple empty cans, a hammer and a nail! Add a lazy Susan and you have the perfect centerpiece for your kitchen table. The nail is used to hammer 5 drainage holes at the bottom of each can because herbs need good drainage so this is a must do in any planter idea that you decide on.

A few other things to keep in mind when growing your herbs:

  • Location : place herbs in an area that gets 4-6 hours of direct sunlight everyday
  • Soil : use a peat-based potting soil (like MiracleGro) that allows easy draining as opposed to a dense potting soil that holds too much moisture
  • Watering : the soil should be damp but not wet, be careful not to overwater
  • Disease : avoid hitting the leaves when you water, this promotes mildew and disease

 

It’s Parsley Thyme!

Now on to the exciting part, picking which herbs to grow. All packets of seeds can be found at your local Home Depot or other gardening supply store. Since we are aiming to grow indoors, there are some herbs that will do better than others. Here’s a list of the best herbs for your indoor garden.

Herb

Health Benefits

Common Culinary Uses
Chives
  • Lowers cholesterol & blood pressure
  • High levels of antioxidants
  • Antibacterial capabilities to help digestion
Egg dishes, fish, potatoes, salad, soups
Mint
  • Source of iron, fiber, vitamin A and potassium
  • Contains potent antioxidants to help treat certain allergies
  • Eating fresh mint leaves promotes digestion and eases gas by relaxing the muscles in the digestive tract
Middle Eastern dishes, tea, pairs well with chocolate
Parsley
  • High levels of iron
  • Source of Vitamin K, which plays a key role in the function of blood clot forming cells
  • Contains carnosol, a nutrient that fights the growth of breast, skin and colon cancer
  • Contains Vitamin A, for healthy eyesight
Soups, sauces, salads, garnish
Sage
  • Stimulates the central nervous system & digestive tract
  • Natural blood purifier, useful for detoxification
  • Rubbing sage leaves on teeth is a natural way to clean them
  • Helps with menopausal symptoms

*Should not be taken by pregnant women or those with epilepsy

Cheese dishes, stuffing, soups, salt-free cooking, tea
Thyme
  • High in iron and manganese
  • Contains thymol, a potent antioxidant that helps increase omega-3’s and healthy fats for brain cells
  • Used in tea, it can help treat bronchitis and relieve coughs
  • Can relieve intestinal cramping
Soups, casseroles, egg dishes, potatoes, fish & poultry seasoning, tea

 

For other information on starting and maintaining your own herb garden, take a look at the infographic below.

 

 


Sources

HGTV

Fix

Home Depot

Livestrong

Best Health Magazine

 

Amber is an aspiring graphic designer and amateur baker. She loves stand-up comedy, coffee in the morning, riding her bicycle and all things cookie dough. A native of Connecticut, Amber is in love with her new home here in San Luis Obispo, California and taking advantage of all the beauty it has to offer.
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