Growing herbs at home is an entertaining, money-saving hobby that also happens to be best for your health. In addition to flavoring up your desired dishes, herbs are filled with antioxidants and essential foods. Here we break down eight of the healthiest herbs, along with recipes and ideas for growing them yourself.
This delicious herb—part of the onion family—can help increase your immune system. Multiple researchers even suggest that eating allium vegetables, a category that contains garlic and scallions in addition to chives, is associated with a lower danger of developing certain cancers, comprising those of the prostate, stomach, and breast.
-Chives are one of my favorite plants, Henrich says. They grow easily, can be grown at home, and don’t need much light. They grow to be about 18 inches big, but don’t need much space to flourish.
A staple of Mexican and Asian cookeries, cilantro supplies fiber and iron and helps rich heavy metals from your body. Our body mistakes heavy metals for foods, Henrich says. Cilantro attaches itself to mercury, lead, and other poisonous heavy metals and draws them out of your tissues.
-Because of its deep taproot, cilantro requires deep soil to thrive and is one of the few plants that are a real challenge to grow indoors. On the plus side, if your herbs to go to seed, don’t throw the seeds away; they’re the delicious spice known as coriander.
Many beauty goods include sage on their ingredient lists, and it’s no surprise: Sage has antiseptic and antioxidant goods, which can help in the fight against early aging—a bonus for any beauty product. Sage has also been used as a natural therapy for worry and fatigue and is thought to be a memory enhancer.
-Sage is a relatively high-maintenance plant. To thrive, it requires plenty of sunlight, good soil, and a watering each other day.
Don’t leave this common relish sitting on the side of your plate! Parsley is full of foods. It contains vitamins A and C, and just one tablespoon offers more than half of your recommended everyday intake of vitamin K, a nutrient that’s essential for healthy body fluid.
-Parsley is easy to grow, as it doesn’t need much light or maintenance. Just make certain the soil doesn’t get too dry; once the plant wilts it rarely recovers. Parsley does grow at a slower rate than another aromatic plant, but it’s worth the wait.
Basil is known to calm nerves, is the best source of fiber, and has a detoxifying effect on the liver. Out late carousing? Try incorporating herb into your brunch! Basil oil has also been found to help clear membrane blemishes, thanks to its powerful anti-inflammatory activity. A tiny basil goes a long way.
-Basil is a hardy herb that grows easily, indoors or out. It doesn’t need much care and needs watering only every other day.
Thyme has long been applied as an herbal remedy for respiratory problems such as bronchitis, and it also has antiseptic goods. Thymol, one of the compounds it comprises, is a key ingredient in Listerine. Even better, thyme is virtually calorie-free and provides a wonderful boost of flavor to soups, salads, and just about any other food you can think of, even champagne!
– Small but plentiful flowers make this plant a pretty option for your home. Thyme’s well suited for at home growing because it stays small in size. Just make sure it has access to plenty of sunlight.
Lavender isn’t just a pretty herb; it’s also packed with health benefits. Its smell is soothing helping you to fall asleep, and it comprises antioxidants known as polyphenols that fight belly bloating.
-Lavender is a relatively big plant that grows best at home, Henrich says. Keep it in a sunlit area that gets eight hours of light each day. Lavender needs well-drained soil, so if you do opt to plant at home, make sure your pot has holes in the bottom to provide sufficient drainage.
This pretty, aromatic plant contains compounds, such as carnosic acid, that have been shown to fight cancer cells. What’s more, the smell of rosemary may even recover your memory. In a recent research from the University of Northumbria, in the UK, people performed well on many memory tasks if rosemary scent was pumped into the room.
-Rosemary grows best with full sunlight and frequent watering. I like to herb it where you will brush it as you walk by, Henrich says. All you require to do is touch it and it’ll release its very fragrant aroma.