Growing herbal remedies can be both useful and beneficial, along with beautiful and a great hobby. We decided to include it at easy home remedies, because if the remedy is not in the cupboard maybe you should grow it. Few things are as satisfying as using your own, home grown herbs in the kitchen, or for healing remedies. Nothing makes a meal of whole foods taste better than some well-chosen herbal seasonings and the medicinal qualities of most herbs are well documented.
There are many reasons why doing it yourself is a good idea, but the main one is probably freshness: Self planted and home-dried herbs are by far superior than its store-bought companions who’s usually experienced a long shelf-life by the time you pay for it.
Herbs are also easy to grow. In the right conditions it will likely require less attention than just about anything else in your garden! On top of that, an herb garden looks great, smells great and has a upkeep that translates into a deeply fulfilling pastime.
You can also plant many herbs indoors, which has unique benefits, such as the fragrance and colour it will lavish on your home.
What to grow?
These growing herbal remedies guides were written with the lay-person in mind, but contains enough technical information to satisfy experienced gardeners as well.
- Aloe Vera: Medicinal Properties abound in this all rounder plant. Much cheaper to grow it yourself.
- Basil: A Herb you should never be without, Basil is easy to grow and wonderfull to use in the kitchen.
- Oregano: Where would the Italians be without oregano! This one grows easily and has medical uses as well.
- Sage: With its pungent, camphor infused flavour, it makes an excellent meat seasoning.
- Thyme: This shrubby Mediterranean has a wide variety of culinary uses in the kitchen and is fairly easy to grow.
- Chamomile: Famous for its soothing and relaxing qualities – largely used as a medicinal herb.
- Catnip: More than just an irresistible scent for your cat, this herb has great medicinal value as well.
- Fennel: Fennel is a famous digestion-aiding herb that you can easily grow it yourself.
- Rosemary: Rosemary requires little attention, but lots of sun. Grow it yourself and ensure you have plenty in stock.
- Cilantro: Also known as Coriander, this annual herb has a multitude of culinary uses. Also medical
- Mint: Mint grows abundantly and will add that special sharp and zesty flavour to your garden.
- Saffron: Royalty in your herb garden. Saffron produces a very low yield and is an expensive herb to buy!
- Lemon Balm: It’s honey-sweet, lemony taste makes for great culinary use and a great addition to teas.
- Parsley: A versatile herb with a wide variety of culinary uses in the kitchen. Parsley does so much more than simply garnish!
Experienced gardeners and farming enthusiasts usually recommend using seedlings (small plants) to grow your herbs from, since this is usually faster. But most of these herbs can be grown from seeds and is just as fulfilling.