rganic lifestyle is the in-thing. It surely is the present and the future of healthy living. Until now, we’ve seen ourselves and most of us we know buy herbs or masalas from super stores. This activity is not just expensive but also extra hard. We say this because we are going to tell you how you can grow most commonly used herbs inside your house. That is how we define luxury. You have them right next to your kitchen and whenever you want.
- Oregano – A very easy to grow plant, Oregano blends well when added as a garnish element at the end of cooking a dish. It is a tasty plant will also do weeding for you. It likes full sun, is shallow rooted and will dry out rapidly. The plant is drought resistant too.
Health Benefits – Reduces oxidative stress in the body improvising on immune health. Increases the production of white blood cells, speeds up metabolism and promotes antibacterial activity. As it is fibre rich, it aids the digestive process. Contains omega 3 fatty acids – a must have cholesterol, reduces inflammation in the cardiovascular system, can prevent osteoporosis due to high content of calcium, magnesium and iron. Lastly it is a great detox agent.
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- Parsley – Parsley has been around or more than 2000 years. This herb is known to cure joint pain as it contains Vitamin C, B 12, K and A.
Health Benefits – Gives regular herb benefits and ensures a healthy functioning of heart. It also has Anti-cancer elements that prevent tumour formation. 2 tablespoons of Parsley equals the supply of 153% of Vitamin K that enhances bone composition.
How To Grow – It grows easily in containers. Simply sow the seeds in a pot. Water the soil for a couple of weeks and you will seedlings. Needs 6 – 8 hours of sunlight.
- Thyme – Belongs to the Mint family, this herb has over 400 sub spices. That is how it stays as a culinary staple till date. Serves as an excellent ground cover as it spreads fast like Mint.
Health Benefits – Makes for great natural treatment for acne and high blood pressure. Is also a cure for cough and acute bronchitis. As a herb, it naturally boosts your immunity. Is a rich source of copper, iron, manganese and fibre. It can help you get rid of pests naturally.
How To Grow – Plant the herb in a nicely drained soil. It needs full sun. You can easily propagate from leaf-cuttings or taking a small division from matured plants. Use neem oil to fight white flies and mealy bugs that come with it.
- Basil – Often used as a seasoning in various dishes due to it’s aromatic feel. An important ingredient in Pesto. It also is a widely used medicinal plant.
Health Benefits – Many of the benefits come from it being a herb. Basil aids in efficient heart functioning, prevents Cancer and has anti bacterial properties. It also aids in digestive process and prevents cell damage due to the presence of beta carotene. Basil oil cures skin and hair problems.
How To Grow – The plant needs 6 hours of sunlight. Plant it in a nutrient-rich soil. Keep it moist and not soggy or dry.
- Lemon Grass – Call it an aromatic healer.
Health Benefits – This fragrant herb is a storehouse of natural vitamins and minerals and makes for a great detox agent. It also cures/fights cholesterol and combats fatigue, anxiety and body odour. It has a lemon flavour and citrusy aroma that has a distressing effect instantly. Cures Type 2 Diabetes and also has a healing effect on nervous system.
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- Rosemary – A beautiful herb with pink, blue or purple flowers. Rosemary is great to flavour soups and sauces. Like most herbs, it has culinary as well as medicinal uses.
Health Benefits – Apart from curing Cancer, being anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties, Rosemary also takes care of migraines, mood swings, hair growth, liver detoxification and anti – aging.
How To Grow – Rosemary is demanding of time and takes a long process to start from seed level. You can rather get cuttings or saplings. It is drought tolerant and grows abundantly in sunny environment.
- Mint – A herb that is used as a mouth or a breath freshener. Mint has a number of medicinal properties.
Health Benefits – Mint is known to cure nausea, headaches and respiratory disorders. It is also known to aid weight and memory loss, depression and pimples along with female sterility.
How To Grow – It occupies space horizontally on ground so ensure you have that. It is fairly easy to grow Mint. Buy a cutting and place it in water and sunlight for some days. Make sure to remove the bottom leaves when you place the cuttings.
- AloeVera – This plant is widely known for its medicinal value. It has used for curing ailments for thousands of years. It is also called the ‘plant of immortality’ or ‘miracle plant’.
Health Benefits – Consumption of Aloe Vera juice is known to cure diabetes, cancer and kidney stone. Its application on skin can cure burns, irritations and other skin ailments. Fresh Aloe Vera gel when mixed with fruit or vegetable juice can act as a cleansing agent for your digestive system.
How To Grow – It is the easiest to growth this plant. Get a descent quantity of well nourished soil. Sow a sapling of Aloe Vera with 2 to 3 petals. Water it regularly and ensure it gets sunlight for 6 hours.
- Chives – Known as companion plants, Chives are planted to keep pests away. They are of two types Onion & Garlic. The former bears purple flowers and latter bears white flowers.
Health Benefits – Chives herb help in curing birth defect and improves vision. Like a typical herb it has great cancer preventive elements, Improves your immune system and also aids in digestion process.
How To Grow – They can grow easily in containers. It is the easiest herb to grow. They can be grown from seeds as well as divisions. Plant a division in nourished soil and water well. Planting seeds? Wait for a few days to let them sprout. Needs moist soil. Not too dry or wet.
- Sage – Sage is a herb that has plenty of uses other than being a culinary herb. It is widely used in cosmetics, perfumes and soaps. It is its fragrance that makes it usable for a variety of uses. Dried Sage leaves can keep moths away when placed near woollen cloths.
Health Benefits – Sage has high anti-septic properties. Sage also cures cognitive disorders. It is a herb doing its regular work of boosting immune strength, bone strength and skin conditions.
How To Grow – Again an easy herb that grows with a consistent supply of 6-8 hours of sunlight and regular water supply. Seeds and divisions both work well.
These activities make for a great experience be it for professionals or for kids. Growing these herbs will make sure you have nourished, delicious and yummy dishes every day.
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