Herbs are known to enhance flavors in food and offer natural remedies for ailments. Therefore, trying your hand at growing them indoors is well worth the effort. We’ve listed 13 of the best herbs you can grow indoors with ease.
Use the smaller variety of basil to ensure it doesn’t get out of control. Delicious in many dishes, it’s also beneficial as a natural remedy for hair growth as it strengthens the hair against breakage to encourage growth. Many people suffering from coughs also chew basil leaves to soothe the throat.
Thyme is easy to propagate from cuttings and thrives in small pots. Water regularly and enjoy the sweet aroma and taste on offer in a range of vegetable and protein dishes. However, it offers more than just culinary benefits. It’s used to treat sore throats, coughs, flatulence, stomach aches, diarrhea and even arthritis.
When you consider growing oregano from a cutting, ensure you allow it to get its first taste of life in a cup of water before planting. Oregano should also be added to the cooking process near the end, as it offers a far milder flavor than dried oregano. Other than the flavor benefits, oregano offers high levels of antioxidants, omega 3, iron, and manganese.
Sage can be taken directly from a mature cutting and planted into soil. Ensure you keep the plant moist to give it a better chance of growing healthy, strong roots. It’s delicious in pasta dishes, fatty meats, pork, duck, beef, and chicken.
Dill, when planted indoors, offers a really lovely aroma. When you’re planting it, stagger the process so that all plants don’t mature at the same time. Dill is an exceptional source of calcium, manganese, and iron, and it also has anti-inflammatory and antiviral properties.
Garden cress is best grown in partial sun, with careful attention paid to the soil moisture. Always keep the soil nice and damp, and stagger the seed planting process. Once mature, cress can be harvested three times for each plant. Garden cress adds depth of flavor to salads, sandwiches, and soups.
Chives are one of the easiest herbs to grow, and it is so versatile in cooking as well! Once it matures, you can cut a part of the plant off at the base with a pair of scissors and it will continue to grow from the cut point. Belonging to the onion, leek and garlic family, it adds a strong flavor to any dish.
Lemongrass really enhances the flavor of many protein dishes, and it’s also exceptionally easy to grow! Take a cutting with healthy roots, place it in two inches of water and trim the heads off it. It will grow with ease.
Mint, when not controlled, can take over your garden. While it’s aromatic and goes perfectly with new potatoes, it can be hard to contain. Therefore, planting it in a pot indoors is a good option, rather than allowing it to grow wild outdoors.
Parsley is one of the most versatile herbs there are. It grows easily and is even a good source of vitamins and anti-oxidants to increase collagen and keratin production. This makes it especially beneficial for hair growth. It also makes a good garnish and goes perfectly with egg and vegetable dishes.
If you’re looking to grow rosemary, it’s best to take a cutting at the end of the warmer season so you can grow it throughout winter indoors. Take a small cutting, remove the foliage from around the bottom and put it into potting soil. You will then need to retain the humidity as the roots grow, so cover it with plastic until it starts to take hold.
Believe it or not, ginger can thrive in an indoor environment. Plant it deep inside a pot with potting mix and keep it away from drafts and direct sunshine. It’s best to also grow it in indirect light. Give it a light watering to keep the soil damp and humidity levels high. Ginger is used in a range of dishes, and is also helpful for colds, cases of the flu and nausea.
Chervil offers quite a delicate flavor and finishes fish, eggs, vegetable dishes, and sauces quite nicely. It will even continue to grow as you snip off leaves. It helps to replant it every few weeks after it grows to enable new leaves to grow.
Many grocery stores feature a large area dedicated to dried herbs. While they are a convenient option for some dishes, they just don’t offer the same freshness to dishes and health benefits that live herbs do. If you’re not adverse to house plants, buy a few pots, find a nice area to grow them in, and start filling your home with the aroma of delicious herbs as they grow.