Starting your own kitchen garden is much easier than you can imagine. Some of the most valuable herbs are actually very easy to grow and care for. Growing your own supplies not only saves you some money but also gives you access to fresh produce which increases the nutritive value of these herbs. The bonus benefit of growing your herbs is their contribution towards adding beauty to your kitchen or balcony area. It’s like a makeover for these areas.
Here are some perennial herbs to start. These grow well in pots and are best for a beginner’s kitchen garden.
Mint is a popular ingredient in several foods and beverages ranging from teas and to sauces, salads and many others and is widely known for its aromatic and cooling properties This herb has a high nutritive value and contains a lot of antioxidants. Mint contains ingredients to support the digestive system and helps reduce bloating by burning the fat stored in the body.
Coriander is loaded with micronutrients and dietary fibre. It has long been a part of our diet due to its strong flavour. Coriander is great for detoxification and is also well recognised for its anti inflammatory qualities.
Lemongrass is packed with antioxidants that help in detoxifying and cleansing the system from within. It also helps in relieving sore throat and fever due to its have antibacterial and antifungal properties
Innumerous studies have proved the antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, antiviral and antifungal properties of Aloe Vera. The gel extracted from the leaves of Aloe Vera have proved to be non-allergic and extremely efficient in strengthening the immune system. The plant is widely used for treating constipation, skin and fungal diseases, worm infestation, infections and as a natural remedy for colic.
Curry Leaves have much to offer than just aroma and taste. They are full of health benefits. This plant is rich in Vitamin A, B, C, B2 and is a good source of iron and calcium. Consumption of curry leaves consumption helps in lowering blood glucose levels. The leaves are also known to promote hair growth and delay hair greying.
Holy Basil or Tulsi, also known as the “Queen of Herbs” has anti-inflammatory properties. Being rich in Potassium, Tulsi is useful for balancing high blood pressure. It is also known as a calming herb that produces relaxation effects. It is extremely beneficial in the treatment of asthma, as it relieves congestion and facilitates smoother breathing.
Wheatgrass is an excellent source of many different vitamins and minerals. It is especially high in vitamins A, C and E, as well as iron, magnesium, calcium and amino acids. Click here to take a closer look at the benefits of consuming Wheatgrass juice or powder.
Rosemary is rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. It contains antibacterial, anticancer, anti-diabetic, and anti-inflammatory properties. The herb is rich in vitamin A, and has antioxidant properties essential for good vision. This plant extracts keep your blood sugar levels stable throughout the day. Click here to take a closer look at the benefits of consuming Rosemary extracts.
Keep your kitchen supplied with fresh herbs all year with these herbal plants. Make sure you place the pots where these plants get some morning sunlight. Give each plant it’s own pot and space so that there is room for them to grow and thrive.