8 Wonderful Herbs You Can Grow Indoors
There’s been a dramatic rise in the amount of homes/kitchens with fresh herbs growing in them over recent years. Not only are they great for adding flavor and pizzazz to family meals, but they each come with medicinal properties as well. Now, because there are literally thousands of herbs grown around the world, we had to stick with the most commonly used ones that are easier to manage for modern folks. Let’s dig in!
#1: From New York to New Guinea – Basil
Basil is pretty much one of the most popular herbs on planet earth. Humans have been lavishing recipes with it for the last four to five thousand years. Long ago if you asked someone what it was best at they might tell you something like, “warding off evil spirits” or “curing spiritual afflictions.”
Today it’s commonly found in Italian dishes, pasta dishes of all kinds, on pizzas, in ice cream and on and on. You can find basil is a huge percentage of the consumer goods in supermarkets today. Now, in terms of medicinal properties basil is known for being a great stress-reliever, pain suppressant and it helps with anxiety. Oh, did we mention it’s super easy to grow at home?
#2: Another Folk Lore Favorite – Oregano
From the ancient Greeks and Chinese to modern day Food Network icons, you can’t go wrong with good old oregano. In fact, it’s said that Aphrodite invented the herb and gave it to humans so we would be happier! If you look at the origin of the word, you’ll discover that it derives from the Greek phrase “joy of the mountains.”
Not bad huh? It started gaining a foothold in America after WW2. The yanks discovered it and its intoxicating aroma in Italy and brought it back home. The beauty of oregano is that it’s perennial, so as long as you leave the plant in the soil it will return again and again. From the medicinal angle it’s an amazing anti-bacterial with a mega antioxidant count.
#3: Tender Watering – Rosemary
Rosemary comes in a few different varieties, but all of them pack just as much flavor and aroma. Rosemary can be delicate in the water department, so be careful not to overwater it. Amateur home gardeners should go with Tuscan Blue or perhaps Blue Spire because it’s more compact and easier to manage.
In terms of medicinal properties, this Mediterranean native is known to be a fabulous source of vitamin B6, along with calcium and iron. These days, herbalists will stick to two primary benefits: high antioxidant count and anti-inflammatory. It’s also good for your brain!
#4: The Indoor Magic Plant – Chives
Once you get your hands on a good start and plant it in a small to medium-sized pot, watch the magic happen. Chives are beautiful and grow big and heart with ease. Then as you trim the tops to use in your dishes it stimulates more growth; and they are reliable producers, too.
#5: The Wisest of Herbs – Sage
There’s nothing in the world with the smell and taste of sage. It’s incredible. The fuzzy leaves are soft and easy to cook with. Sage can easily be grown in containers indoors as long as they get plenty of sunlight. Most often supplemental light becomes necessary, but not as much as for Thyme.
Okay, it really doesn’t get any easier than Lemongrass. You don’t actually even need soil to get plenty of stalks. All you have to do is buy a few stalks from the store or from a local farmer’s market, trim a little off the top and then stick them in a couple inches of water. That’s it folks. Not bad for a plant with such dense flavonoids and anti-inflammatory properties (plus it smells amazing!)
#7: Add to a Savory Life – Mint
Among the common herbs, mint is one of the easiest to grow indoors. It’s one of those herbs that make the house smell great and you can do so much with it. Throw some in your afternoon tea or add it to a breakfast smoothie for a little extra stimulation. Plus, it’s packed with iron and vitamin C.
One big tip is to keep your mind separate from other herbs because of how invasive it is. Mint should be in its own container and for the best results at home go with peppermint. Your mint plants love the shady areas that get a little bit of sun so windowsills work well.
#8: A Sunlight Drinker – Thyme
Thyme is a lovely herb but it does require tons of light; meaning somewhere between 6-8 hours a day. Even then it could demand more light depending on your region of the world. A yummy less common type is lemon thyme because of the citrusy flavor, but you’ll probably have to go to a specialty shop or gardening center to get it. Otherwise regular age old thyme is just as good.