Indoor herb gardens are great for brightening up your kitchen and your cuisine. But did you know they can also support your health and wellness? Many of the plants that thrive in an indoor herb garden also have some healthy benefits. From aiding digestion to promoting naturally healthy skin, you’ll find 5 of the more popular healthy indoor garden herbs below.
5 Popular and Healthy Indoor Herbs
This herb has a something called carvacrol in it. This is a type of organic compound that can actually stop or kill certain bacteria and even some viruses. Interestingly enough, Oregano is also a rich source of antioxidants. You’ve probably heard about antioxidants; these are molecules that can help stabilize excess free radicals. What does all this mean? Antioxidants are great for healthy cells. This means that they can combat certain signs of aging in addition to boosting your immunity. So growing oregano in your indoor herb garden won’t only do wonders for your next homemade pizza, it’ll support your health too.
That’s right. You can grow this relative to the onion right in your home. But the best part? Chives are a very nutrient dense herb, which makes them great for your health. Chives have some similar benefits to garlic. They have organic compounds in them called allyl sulfides and alkyl sulfoxides, which may support a healthy cardiovascular system. Chives also give us choline – a nutrient that may support muscle movement, cognitive ability, sleep patterns, and more. Plus, the great thing about chives is that they can be used freely in many, many dishes, which means they’re a great addition to any indoor herb garden.
Antioxidant rich and nutrient dense – mint isn’t only a culinary superstar, it’s also a natural remedy and health food heavy weight. You can find menthol in mint. Now this is great because menthol is a natural decongestant, which means it breaks up mucus and phlegm in your throat and sinuses. So having it on hand in your indoor herb garden can come in handy the next time your allergies kick in. Traditionally, mint has also been used as a calming herb for indigestion and upset stomach. Plus, if you’re into making your own salves and lotions, mint is a great addition. Topically, its cooling effect is great for bug bites and rashes.
Use some of this flavourful herb when you’re looking for more iron, calcium, and vitamin B6. For hundreds of years rosemary has been used for health issues like muscle pain and poor circulation. This makes sense since rosemary may have a lot of anti-inflammatory properties. So the next time you’re preparing chicken or lamb, you’ll want some of your indoor herb garden rosemary on hand. Pairing this herb with either one of these meats is a classic.
Did you know that a study found thyme to be effective against killing the bacterium that causes acne? It turns out that thyme has a compound in it called thymol, a type of biocide. This means that it can kill bacteria. This biocide effect is more powerful when thyme is combined with Oregano, which contains carvacrol – another biocide. These effects of thyme seem to be based off of the use of thyme oil. If you have thyme in your indoor herb garden, you can actually extract the oil yourself.
To your health,
Opening image via Gardenista; a great how-to grow shade tolerant indoor herbs.