What is better than having the balmy fragrance of aromatic herbs tickle your nostrils when going into your kitchen first thing in the morning? While we tend to associate herbs with a generous garden, it should be noted that some herbs can also thrive indoors, provided their needs are properly met. Herbs are fast-growing and very rewarding plants. They are appreciated by gardeners for both their crisp scent and their medicinal properties. Here are five starter herbs anyone can grow!
Not only is basil a herb that is very easy to care for, but its uses are numerous. You can use fresh basil when cooking to provide your food with a unique taste, or you can let it air dry during the winter and use it afterward. Try adding this fragrant herb to your tomato sauce or tea mix. Basil helps clear up your skin, relax your nerves, and facilitates digestion. To make sure your basil prospers, you need to plant it in a pot with good drainage, provide it with plenty of sun, and water it abundantly when the top inches of the soil is dry.
This flowering herb is renowned for its many medicinal uses. Chamomile can help reduce stress and anxiety as well as help with insomnia and restlessness. This herb is most effective as a remedy when dried and turned into tea. Its clusters of tiny white flowers also make it a visually appealing plant. Chamomile springs up fast and has very little needs. Plant your chamomile in partial shade and water it moderately, as it is more likely to suffer from overwatering than underwatering.
This herb has a particularly strong fragrance. It can be grown solely for its pleasant odor, if not for its manifold medicinal uses. It is a potent anti-inflammatory and can also jazz up the flavor of any dish. Nevertheless, it is a bit harder to tend to due to its peculiar lighting needs. Rosemary loves to soak up the sun, so it needs about eight hours of direct light a day. Placing it close to a south-facing window is your best bet.
However, a window sill might not be the best choice of placement, as it can also burn quite easily. Water when dry and avoid soggy soil. When figuring out its needs, you should bear in mind that it is a Mediterranean herb.
Thyme is most frequently used for inflammations and swellings. It is a great anti-inflammatory and, although there is no scientific data available to support its medicinal uses, a lot of people claim it has helped reduce muscle tension. As there are more types of thyme used for different purposes, its needs vary. However, most species of thyme prefer plenty of light and moderate watering.
Oregano is rich in Omega3 and Omega6 fatty acids. It helps strengthen the immune systems and is particularly efficient when fighting a cold. It requires plenty of drainages and bright, direct light. Likewise, it is most likely to thrive when placed near a south or east-facing window. You should best water Oregano when the soil is dry, as it tolerates drought fairly well, but can’t stand moist soil for too long. Most people like to use Oregano to enrich the flavor of food.
So there you have it, 5 herbs anyone can grow indoors. Now that you have read this article, you can get started on growing your indoor herbs! Interested in nature? Check out this article!