Growing Herbs in Small Spaces
An excellent way to practice green living in a small space is to grow your own vegetables and herbs in pots. What many folks don’t realize is that herbs can be used for medicinal purposes as well. In fact, growing an indoor medicinal garden and using the herbs for minor ailments is an eco-friendly way to take care of your body.
You can also save money as well.
What is a Medicinal Herb?
Most folks are familiar with thyme, rosemary and other herbs used in cooking. Did you know that herbs are widely used in medicine, too? Herbs can be used for stomach upset, cuts and rashes, acne, burns, anxiety and more.
Herbs You Can Grow Indoors
Popular for its peppy taste, peppermint tea is good for more than just a delicious treat. Peppermint is good for digestion and upset stomach. If you’re feeling tired, peppermint is also good for a caffeine-free pick-me-up.
Peppermint is easily grown in a small pot on the windowsill. Harvest the leaves and hang them to dry and you’ll be ready to make your own tea in no time.
Similar to peppermint, chamomile is known as a soothing tea, but the leaves can also be used to treat skin issues. Apply chamomile tea to an itchy or broken out area (make sure it isn’t too hot!) or take a chamomile bath. It is easy to grow in your indoor medicinal garden.
For minor burns, there’s nothing like aloe vera. You can buy aloe vera cream at the drugstore, but the plant can also be used directly on your skin. Just crack open the leaf to get into the gel inside and spread onto the wounded area.
Echinacea is well known as an immune system booster, but you aren’t limited to buying expensive pills or tinctures to fend off those winter colds. This plant requires a deeper pot for its roots and will thrive on a balcony in the spring and summer.
Use the leaves for tea, or harvest the roots after 2-3 years to make your own tincture.
How to Grow Herbs Indoors
Each herb has it’s own requirements, but all of those listed here are easily obtainable in seed or seedling form. Grow or transplant them in a small pot and you’ll be healing your own minor aches and pains in no time.
Start Your Own Indoor Medicinal Garden
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