One of the easiest ways you can save money at the grocery store is by planting your own herbs. For the exact same price as the precut stored in a plastic container herbs, you can buy an herb plant or packet of seeds to plant and revisit over and over again herbs of your own.
One thing I really like about herbs is how easy they grow in many different conditions. A sunny windowsill, planter or garden will all be perfectly suitable to grow lots of fresh herbs. Don’t get intimidated by growing them and understand it’s a learn process with lots of room for trial and error.
Why is it important to grow your own herbs? Aside from having your own fresh herbs to cook with you can use them to nourish and heal your body. Did you know that many herbs are high in antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and antiseptic properties?
Herb growing is also important for established gardeners. Incorporating a range of perennial herbs in your growing areas can help your garden organically and create a balanced and productive garden ecosystem.
Here are 3 herbs that are easy to grow and helpful for your recipes + immune system.
- Lemon balm – this is in the mint family and is a common favorite with her it’s. You can use this for so many reasons including; insomnia, insect bites, wounds and if you have an upset stomach. It’s easy to grow and very invasive so it can fill a space quickly. Cut the leaves, chop fine and/or let dry and crush.
- Rosemary- This aromatic medicinal herb has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds as well as phytonutrients, iron, calcium, essential fatty acids and vitamin B6. It is useful in treating headache pain, the common cold, indigestion, muscle pain and neuralgic conditions. Cut stalks and chop leaves fine or hang to dry and crush.
- Mint- Menthol gives this hardy perennial herb its spicy-sweet aroma and taste. Merely sniffing a sprig of peppermint can help alleviate the nausea and vomiting that is associated with motion sickness. This is a quickly spreading herb and looks and tends well in containers. Cut the leaves and use or hang to dry and chop before using.
When choosing perennial herbs, as well as planting for your location, it is important to think about why and where you will be growing them.
Think about the herbs that you like to eat when choosing culinary herbs. Think about how each of the perennial herbs you are considering can be used. Remember that herbs can have multiple uses – both in garden design, while in growth, and in your home, when harvested.
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