Who doesn’t love herbs? Their lovely aromas and medicinal properties have conquered many hearts and homes since the ancient times. From keeping you calm to preventing cancer, there is almost nothing that herbs can’t do. Let’s take a look at 8 herbs that should be made part of your kitchen garden immediately.
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Known for its refreshing properties, mint is a herb and a flavor loved by many. It can be easily grown in most climates, though it grows best under cool conditions. It is an excellent solution to keep pests like spiders, ants, and other creepy-crawlies away. Mint is used in various dishes to render a cool, fresh taste to them. Mint or peppermint tea is often consumed to soothe headaches and get better sleep. Since it can take up most of the space in your garden due to its invasive in nature, it’s best to grow mint in pots or containers.
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There will be not a soul who does not love lavender. Known to be one of the most useful herbs in the world, the advantages of lavender are endless. Its essential oil can keep your hair healthy, cure headaches and spread your home with heavenly aroma. Dried lavender petals can be used to make sleep sachets to help people suffering from anxiety and depression to sleep better. It can also be used as a seasoning while you bake or cook. Lavender grows well in non-humid, cool climates and can be planted in containers, vertical gardens, or slopes.
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Known to be the epitome of herbs, basil is commonly used as a seasoning in many countries like India, Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Indonesia. Rich in antioxidants, minerals and vitamins, Basil is capable of fighting cancer and slowing down aging. It is increasingly used in soups and salads, owing to its strong fragrance. Chewing basil leaves can get rid of bad breath in a jiffy. It can also be stored in cupboards and drawers to keep your clothes and stuff smelling fresh. It grows well in warm, humid environments and can be grown in pots or on the ground.
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Packed with antibacterial properties, parsley is a herb increasingly used to strengthen the immune system and treat inflammations. It has the ability to regulate digestion and eliminate free radicals from your body. It is added to many dishes as garnish as well as for seasoning. Pregnant women are advised to stay away from parsley as it could cause miscarriage by inducing contractions in the uterus. Parsley requires very moist soils and plenty of sunlight to thrive.
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It is believed that thyme was the major remedy people resorted to when the Black Plague spread to the countries in the middle east in the 1340s. It grows well in hot climates and is often associated with desirable traits like strength, bravery, and courage. Rich in vitamin A and antioxidants, thyme can benefit your hair, skin, and nails. Tea infused with thyme is used as a natural remedy to cure colds and coughs. Additionally it is used commonly in cooking since it gets along well with parsley, onion, and garlic.
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Also known as cilantro, coriander is packed with vitamin C, antioxidants, and numerous other minerals. It is primarily used to garnish and season dishes. It is increasingly used in soups, salads, and meat dishes to spice them up. Coriander seeds can regulate your blood sugar levels and keep your liver and pancreas healthy. Its leaves are known to cure digestive issues naturally. This herb grows well in milder, tropical climates and thrives during spring and summer seasons.