Top Three Powerful Medicinal Herbs You Can Grow Indoors
Fresh, organic medicinal herbs are among the easiest plants to grow, and you don’t have to miss out just because you don’t have a yard. Those that master container gardening can have healthy plants any time, in any space, whether it’s winter, spring, summer, or fall. Your own urban garden is a great opportunity to get creative, brighten your space with some greenery, and bring the health benefits of the farmers' market into your home.
Start with a collection of pots that fits your space. As long as they have good drainage, any number of containers can be upcycled as planters. You can hang plants above your sunniest windows, sit them on your window sills, or grow them in window boxes when the weather is warm. Organic soil is available from quality retailers, and you can find it online in a pinch, along with the organic seeds needed for medicinal herbs.
What to Grow
If you’re new to container gardening, I recommend starting off with these three low-maintenance herbs to begin your healing garden of home remedies:
Medicinal Uses: Not only is this superfood great in any recipe, it also has a wide range of medicinal uses. Consider using parsley to treat the itchiness and pain of insect bites by bruising the leaves and applying them directly to affected skin. A parsley tea is helpful with urinary ailments, as well as the coughs that come with the common cold. You will enjoy parsley’s health benefits when you include it in everyday meals, such as soups, stews and salads.
How to Grow: Plant parsley in a container at least 6" deep, and make sure it gets 6-8 hours of sunlight per day. When sunlight is in short supply, indoor lamps can keep your herbs healthy. Choose full-spectrum fluorescent bulbs to ensure optimal plant growth. Keep the soil consistently moist until the seeds germinate, then water thoroughly whenever the top layer of soil feels dry to the touch.
Medicinal Uses: This herb makes delicious tea, and is wonderful mixed with fruit or a green salad. Incorporating mint into your diet is useful for treating insomnia, headaches, stomachaches, and flatulence.
How to Grow: Many people grow mint in containers regardless of their access to outdoor gardens, because it spreads so rapidly. Choose a deep pot, and keep this container in a spot exposed to morning sun. Water roughly once a week, and avoid trying to grow mint near heat sources like radiators and baseboards.
Medicinal Uses: A staple in any herb garden, basil adds aroma and flavor to fish, pasta, salads, and more. It also has medicinal properties that include quieting nausea and easing constipation when eaten or prepared as tea. A poultice of basil leaves supports the healing of skin irritations, including insect bites, rashes, and minor infections.
How to Grow: Just about any container will work with basil, but you must use soil that drains well. Avoid bagged potting soil with a peat base, as this tends to clump quickly, preventing good drainage. Water when the soil feels dry, and be sure your basil gets about 6 hours of sunlight every day.
Herbs aren’t the only thing you can grow mid-winter. Veggies will thrive year-round in your indoor garden with a sunny spot and a little love.
Do you grow your own herbs? How do you use them? Share with us in the comments!