Growing herbs is a must for every cooking enthusiast because herbs are delightful additions to dishes, giving them a wonderful twist to the food’s taste. Having your own herb garden is the easiest way to get the freshest of them into your smoothies, juices, salads and other dishes. Also, garden herbs are the easiest things to grow at home because you won’t be needing a big area to do so. Besides this, it is way cheaper and you do not have to make do with the week-old ones you bought from grocery wilting away in your refrigerator.
But have you ever considered growing herbs for medicinal reasons?
Herbal medicine has been a practice way before you and I were born. They were what our ancestors used way before modern pills came into existence. And despite the advancements in modern medical science, interest for herbal medicine has not waned. On the contrary, more and more people have come to realize the value of garden herbs as natural medicines compared to synthetic drugs. This is for many reasons, including because they are more affordable, easier to use, have less side effects and are simply natural. Some are considered more effective. It is therefore no wonder that growing herbs has become so popular.
Many people think that growing herbs is a difficult tasks. This is understandable especially if you do not have basic gardening skills. Others think that gardening is simply not for them because they do not have a green thumb. But green thumb or not, gardening is not as intimidating as you may think. The key is to start small and simple. Choose plants that are easy to manage so that you do not get overwhelmed. When you see that you can successfully “manage” your herb garden, you will be more enthusiastic to try other garden herbs.
To help you start out your herbal garden, I have listed below some important points that you need to remember:
What soil do you use for garden herbs?
Herbs do not categorically require very rich soil; some even grow well in a soil-less medium. The key is to find the precise mix that promotes the right moisture content and proper aeration. Naturally you want your plants to thrive and be healthy, and where plant health is concerned you can never go wrong with the best soil. So investing on a good soil is well worth it.
Your herb garden as a feature of Patio designs
You might be pleasantly surprised to know that a lot of modern homes have made garden herbs an integral part in their patio designs. Herbs are very easy to handle and can be incorporated in the landscape without fuss. They can blend with flowers directly planted in the ground or they can be placed in beautiful rustic pots to lend a more homely ambiance to patio designs. The ideas are endless because these herbs are so flexible and versatile. What you need is a load of creativity so that you can up with unique and lovely concepts for your herbal patio designs.
Growing herbs for medicine
Now let us try to look at some of the most common garden herbs and their medicinal properties. I am pretty sure that when you know that can you have access to safe and natural medicines at your fingertips, you will be more than willing to try growing your own medicinal herbs.
- Basil – Basil is rich in antioxidants. It has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties because of the essential oils its leaves contain. This herb is also an excellent source of vitamin A and iron. So what is it good for? Gassiness, lack of appetite, scrapes, and cuts.
Parsley – Parsley is not only great for spaghetti but also for the immune system. It is a potent breath freshener and helps relieve flatulence.
- Sage – Sage has been considered a healing herb for throat and mouth inflammations long before it was used for cooking. It is also known to have anti-microbial, anti-hypertensive and anti-diabetic properties.
- Lemon Balm – This herb is known to help relieve an upset stomach and insect bites. It also soothes anxiety and nervousness, hastens the healing process of cold sores, and heals insomnia. This relative of mint is considered a versatile healing herb.
Why not start growing herbs at home today?
These are just some the garden herbs we often use and see in our kitchen. Growing them ourselves will give us a fresh supply any time we need it. Believe me, the small investment you make on seeds or seedlings and the little sweat on your brow will pay off. Just imagine, you now have a healing garden that can make your food taste great, your family healthier, and help relieve your aches and illnesses. Growing herbs is definitely beneficial, not just for our taste buds but for our overall health as well.