Herbs occupy an important place in my kitchen.
I use them almost every time I cook a meal.
They add flavor to my food, make it more aesthetic and aromatic.
Plus, there is an extra advantage.
Herbs include therapeutic properties.
They can heal many wounds and cure many diseases. Therefore, I care a lot about the quality of the herbs that I use.
As I went to the supermarket one day, I noticed that the labels of the herbs commercialized in stores contain little information on the drying period and processed ingredients. You might not know, but such data is essential in ensuring the quality and potency of the herbal remedies.
So, I decided that a far better idea would be to grow my own herbs, at home. This way I had the chance to see how the plant developed. I could also chop fresh herbs into the food whenever I wanted. Why not do the same yourself?
Herbs are not hard to maintain. Below you will find some of the most home-grown herbal remedies.
Calendula (Calendula officinalis)
This plant is commonly known as marigold. It has antifungal, antiseptic and wound-healing properties. Companies from the cosmetic industry also make use of this plant because it has skin-soothing properties. You can put it into a flowerpot or directly into your garden. It blooms all season long. You can use its petals either fresh or dry.
Cilantro (Coriandrum sativum)
The leaves of this herb are often used to garnish Mexican and Thai dishes. Its seeds are known as coriander and they make the prime ingredient in Indian curries. This plant is a powerful digestive aid and cleansing agent. If you want to grow cilantro, make sure you do it in a cool, moist garden.
Peppermint (Mentha x piperita)
We all remember the familiar taste of peppermint from toothpaste and chewing gum. This herbal remedy is a strong medicine. When brewed as tea, it is used to relieve digestive discomforts like indigestion and vomiting. It can also soothe sore muscles when applied as liniment. You can grow this plant in a large pot. Make sure you harvest the leaves just before flowering. Otherwise, their taste will be bitter.
Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)
Rosemary is a perennial woody herb which boosts energy and optimism. It is also a memory booster, increasing one’s capacity to concentrate by bringing more oxygen to your brain. It can be planted in a pot or in the garden. Either way it will make a wonderful addition to your garden.
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