There are a plethora of herbs out there that you can always grow. Sometimes, the options can be overwhelming. To help with this conundrum, this list of herbs that you should grow reflects some of the most basic and beneficial herbs that everyone should include in their herb garden. These are simple to grow, perfect for beginning gardens, and have a viable place in an experienced gardener’s garden.
Herbs that You Need to Grow
You deserve an herb garden that suits your kitchen, and helps with your health. Seek out the following list of herbs to create a garden that allows you to get the most out of your herbs!
Peppermint is a versatile herb with many unique properties. It acts as a natural pesticide, and keeps spiders, rodents, ants and other pests away from your garden. When mixed into a tea, a cupful can provide immense relief from sinuses, migraines, stress and exhaustion. It can provide aid to the digestive tract, along with easing menstrual cramps and symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome. You can add peppermint to snacks, drinks, desserts, and even berries or coffee.
If attempting to grow peppermint yourself, the process begins indoors and transplant it outside up to 2 weeks before the first frost. They can be sown directly into the soil, and may germinate better without soil covering them. Peppermint is simple to grow, but must be maintained to prevent invasion.
Tarragon is a must have herb that provides a wealth of vitamins and minerals. Tarragon contains vitamin C and A, along with magnesium, zinc, iron and calcium. This herb can be steeped in hot water to create an herbal tea that can annihilate bad breath, ease anxiety and depression, and keep hunger under control.
The leaves can be chewed on for a numbing affect. If one distills oil from it, it can create natural deodorants. In the kitchen, tarragon has an anise flavor, and goes well with chicken, vegetables, berries, salads, eggs and seafood dishes.
When growing your own tarragon, it’s best to start by sowing indoors and moving it outdoors after the final frost. It will spread on its own, if you allow the stems to touch the ground. You can also take cuts from it, and grow more tarragon that way. The herb will die in the winter, but it can regrow from its roots when springtime comes back around.
Oregano is an herb that nearly everyone uses, and has in their homes. It’s often used in Greek dishes, though it works just as well as a seasoning for meats, beans, birds of all types and eggs. It isn’t just for the kitchen, however. Oregano oil from the leaves can treat a variety of afflictions, including parasitic infections, stomach troubles, fungal infections, dandruff and other skin conditions, arthritis pain and muscle aches.
Oregano typically begins indoors, and should be transplanted to the outdoors by early springtime. Harvest should take place between 11 and 13 weeks. It’s important to remember that oregano flowers and leaves taste similar, and are both completely edible. Mulch or cover the oregano during winter months to protect the roots from freezing to death.
4. Passion Flower
This herb is an excellent natural remedy for treating anxiety and helping one sleep, and has no known negative side effects. It is also believed that passion flower may lower blood pressure, which can often lead to additional benefits for your body. This herb does well in the sun and just needs plenty of water; you can keep it in a pot or plant it right in your garden.
Not only is thyme great for cooking, but this herb may also help prevent cancer and can even aid in the treatment of certain skin conditions. Thyme is fairly easy to grow; all that it demands is a sunny spot and some well-draining soil. Water regularly and it will stay happy and reward you with plenty of thyme.
6. Lemon Balm
Another herb that is excellent for treating anxiety naturally, lemon balm helps promote a feeling of calm and tranquility throughout the body. Lemon balm is also an effective anti-viral and can help treat herpes outbreaks. Your lemon balm should be planted somewhere where it will get shade for at least part of the day.
Not only is this aromatic herb excellent for recipes, but it also works as a natural anti-inflammatory in the body. It has also been suggested that basil may help fight cancer, thanks to its richness in antioxidants. Basil is easy to grow, and likes best a spot where it will get an even mix of sun and shade. Keep the soil moist regularly and you’ll be good to go.
Ginger is an excellent natural remedy for many gastrointestinal problems, and can also help treat morning sickness in pregnant women. Ginger has also been shown to help strengthen the immune system and possibly fight cancer. You can simply find a fresh ginger root from the store, soak it for a night, and then plant it in either the ground or a pot just below the surface with the green bus pointing up.
9. Aloe Vera
This plant is used for a wide variety of treatments, from sunburns and skin irritations to helping with digestion. Aloe vera can be grown indoors year-round. You will need a soil that drains very well (so something more than just traditional potting soil-ask your nursery specialist). It is best to mist the plants with water to avoid drowning them out.
Not only does sage spice up a dish, but it is also an effective natural antiseptic and anti-inflammatory. It also works as an effective muscle relaxant and is very helpful in reducing abdominal discomfort due to indigestion, gas, bloating, or diarrhea. Your greatest chance of success comes from using sage cuttings to plant a new one, as opposed to using seeds. Until they reach full size, water regularly and prune as needed.
Burdock is an excellent herb to have in your garden as it supports both the digestive system and your liver by eliminating excess toxins in our bodies. It is also very easy to grow and is very low-maintenance as long as you keep it where it will get ample sun, and trim it as needed.
This herb is incredibly useful as a natural remedy when you are fighting the flu and most other illnesses. Because of its potent antiviral and antibacterial properties, echinacea can also be applied to a topical wound to expedite the healing process. Echinacea does need a little more effort to grow, as it requires soil mixed from sand, silt, and clay. It is best kept in an area that gets almost all sun and should be watered regularly.
These herbs mentioned above provide numerous benefits to your health. By growing them in your own garden (or even on your window sill) you will not only spice up your recipes, but also have natural remedies to many of life’s ills at your fingertips.
Do you have any unique herb growing in your garden?