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Herbs That Are Worth Growing at Your Home

Herbs That Are Worth Growing at Your Home

It’s hard to find a person who doesn’t need to use herbs in their cooking. Regardless of what you’re cooking, their  flavor and fragrance enriches every meal and adds a unique character to it. We usually use packed dry herbs, but the fresh herbs are the ones that guarantee rich aroma and color. Moreover, they have a high content of beneficial essential oils that also exhibit healing effects. Besides, they are an effective decoration of your kitchen’s window sill!

If you’re thinking about growing your very own indoor herb garden, we recommend the two following options: the first one is to buy already prepared seedlings (it’s a quicker and more reliable way), while the second option is sowing. The second solution is usually realized during early spring, but it doesn’t mean that only then you can have your own herbs. The turn of June and July is the perfect moment to start growing your indoor herb garden – thanks to it you’ll be able to enjoy lush, juicy greenery and fresh aroma in your kitchen.

While choosing seeds, you should take into account the specific needs of different plants. Most herbs are not particularly demanding; however, it should be noted that, for example, marjoram and lavender like a sunny spot, while mint – partial shade. Flower pots are as important – they should have drainage holes to let the excess water drain out of the pot. The size of a flower pot is an essential matter, too – its size should match the size of the plant. And don’t forget to put a tray under your flower pot (it’ll collect run-off water).

Below we present a list of herbs, thanks to which your home will become greener and more fragrant. What is more, you’ll be able to use the leaves not only in your cooking but also to assemble your own herbal first aid kit!

Basil – a delicate annual plant, which has great antioxidant properties, and improves digestion. It is particularly valued for its flavor and aroma, which is great for salads, dressings, sauces, and pasta. It’s the best to add it to food shortly before its served.

Coriander – one of the herbs that prefers a dry, sunny summer. Its aroma is not liked by everyone; however, its enthusiasts will appreciate meals that contain it, such as soups, gravies, and many Asian dishes. This plant also supports digestion and regulates blood sugar level.

Lavender – perfectly enhances the taste of many desserts. Furthermore, it is the most effective among herbs. We shouldn’t forget about its beautiful purple flowers that can marvelously decorate every interior. The fragrance of lavender has a soothing and relaxing effect, thus it is eagerly used by the cosmetic industry.

Marjoram – a herb, without which one cannot imagine most of the soups and potato dishes. Beside its characteristic flavor, this plant also helps to relieve stomach and bowel problems – the contained in it essential oils support digestion of even hard-to-digest foods.

Lemon balm – the tea brewed from this plant’s leaves is known for its stress-relieving properties and is recommended as a sleep-aid for those who have problems falling asleep. However, not everybody knows that this plant is also great as a spice – it adds a lemon flavor to desserts, salads.

Mint – one of the most popular herbs that we often use in desserts, dressings, sauces, gravies, drinks, or in the form of tea – it perfectly soothes abdominal pain as well as relieves nausea and bloating.

Sage – this plant is mostly known for its use in the pharmacy and cosmetics industry. It has an anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial effect (that’s why it’s often used in mouthwashes). Moreover, sage is also one of the herbs that supports digestion.

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