Not only does growing herbs indoors this winter make it possible for you to enjoy freshly seasoned food all year long, but it’s also something that will come in handy if you suddenly find yourself in the middle of a disaster. There are 10 herbs in particular you should start producing in your house.
Fresh chives are an excellent source of Vitamin K, folates, B-complex vitamins, and more.
The regular consumption of chives leads to:
- Improved flexibility of blood vessels
- Reduced cholesterol production
- Reduced risk of oral and lung cancer
The simplest way to grow chives in your home during the winter months is transferring some from your garden to a pot. Keep the plant in a cool spot until it acclimates to the indoor temperature and then transfer it to a bright window.
Not only is basil tasty, it’s also a very healthy herb. Eating basil on a regular basis does many things to improve your health, including:
- Reducing your risk of developing certain types of cancer
- Improving your overall cardiovascular function
- Better digestive function
- Healthier bone and connective tissue
- Stronger immune system
It’s quite easy to start basil plants from seeds. They do best when they are kept in a southern window and the young plants like to be kept warm.
The benefits you’ll enjoy when you start to cook with fresh oregano that you’ve grown include:
- An increase in Vitamin K
- Improved resistance against bacterial infections
- More Omega-3 fatty acids
Most people find that they have the best luck getting oregano to grow indoors by taking a cutting from a plant they’ve started in their outdoor garden. The plant does well when it faces south which provides it with the maximum amount of light during the winter.
The bay plant is a perianal so once you have it started, it will provide you with years of seasoning delight. If possible you should place your potted bay plants in windows that are either facing the east or west. The most important thing to remember when growing your own bay plant is that it requires constant air flow and will die if too many plants are crammed in your indoor window garden.
Bay leaves are a natural source of:
- Folic acid
- vitamin A
You can grow your own chervil by starting the seeds in the fall and keeping the plants in an area that doesn’t get much direct sunlight.
Most people accept that the regular consumption of sage helps reduce the number of cancer causing free radicals in your body. There are also some mental health experts who feel that sage reduces the risk of your developing cognitive diseases such as Alzheimer’s and dementia. The herb also helps your regulate your blood glucose levels and helps you maintain a healthy cholesterol level.
The best way to enjoy fresh sage year round is starting it in your garden. During the fall, you can take a cutting and place it in an area where it will enjoy a dry, sunny environment.
You will want to start your indoor rosemary with a clipping taken from an outdoor plant. Place the pot in a warm area where it will get a great deal of direct sunlight. Windows that face South are usually the best bet for rosemary.
The health benefits you’ll enjoy when you start to use your freshly grown rosemary in your recipes include:
- Improved cognitive function
- Fewer headaches
- Increased circulation
- Healthier hair which will grow faster
- Boosted immune system
Many people have noticed that their overall mood became better after they made Rosemary a regular part of their diet.
When left outside, the tarragon plant goes dormant during the fall and winter. The good news is that it’s a plant that does very well when grown inside. It needs to be placed in a warm area where it will receive a great deal of direct sunlight. When you start growing this herb, make sure you’re generous with the liquid fertilizer.
Tarragon has been used to help stimulate the appetite, cure toothaches, and improve circulatory health.
Parsley is a tolerant plant that you can either start from seed or transplant from your outdoor to your indoor garden. It does well in both direct and partial sunlight.
The health benefits you’ll enjoy from fresh parsley include:
- Improved kidney function
- Easing of joint pain
- Reduction of cancerous growths
Thyme is an herb that frequently gets overlooked. It’s an easy to grow herb that does well in both direct and partial light.
Thyme can be used to:
- Help lower blood pressure
- Reduce coughing fits
- Disinfect your system
- Improve immunity.
Start out with these fantastic herbs and you will soon find that your indoor herb garden is providing your family with many benefits. What are some other herbs that you plan to plant for winter?