3 Dangers of Growing Herbs Indoors

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3 Dangers of Growing Herbs Indoors

Staff Writer · Jan 25, 2010

Growing herbs indoors has its benefits, but there are also some dangers that you need to know about. In some cases, it can be too risky to start an indoor herb garden. However, many people are able to guard against the dangers posed by indoor herb gardens, and still move forward with their plans to grow herbs. Here are 3 dangers of growing herbs indoors:

1. Toxins in the Air

Anyone living in apartment should take care to guard the quality of the air they breathe. Harmful toxins in the air can lead to many health problems that can have a lifelong impact. What does that have to do with growing herbs indoors? Novice herb gardeners tend to think that the only way to get rid of unsightly insects, mites and other pests is to apply chemical pesticides to their plants. It’s true that chemical pesticides get the job done, and in many cases, instantaneously. However, chemical pesticides can cause damage to your nervous system and lower the effectiveness of your immune system.

It’s tough enough for adults to try to recover from immune system deficiencies and other complications as a result of harmful toxins. Imagine small children trying to deal with this problem in their developing systems. Even teens can suffer in the worst way, including injuries to their digestive system. Whether you have children in your home, or if you live alone, you shouldn’t use chemical pesticides on your indoor herb garden. Use organic or homemade pesticides, which are able to remove the pests in order for your plants to survive.

2. Dangerous to Cats

Another danger of growing herbs indoors that they can cost your cat his life. Some herbs are poisonous to cats when they swallow them. There are certain herbs you might want to include in your indoor herb garden for your cats, such as catnip or parsley. There are others you should avoid altogether, or keep it locked up and away from your cats, such as Aloe Vera, Tea Tree, White Willow Bark and Bitter Sweet. If you cat chews on any of these plants, you’ll need to contact your veterinarian. They may want you to bring the cat in for examination, or have you monitor his health over a short period of time.

3. Dangerous to Dogs

Growing herbs indoors can also be dangerous to dogs if they chew on them. There are certain herbs that are very toxic, and others are toxic to dogs only when they consume too much. For example, Comfrey, Pennyroyal and Ephedra are dangerous to dogs, and can cause irregular heart beat, high blood pressure or worse. Also, when dogs consume too much garlic, it can become toxic to them. While you might want to use limited amounts of garlic to treat your dogs, it can be dangerous to give them access to it without your control.

You can protect yourself, your family and your pets from the dangers of growing herbs indoors, by avoiding certain herbs altogether. If you must use the herbs, purchase them and keep them out of reach, like in the refrigerator or freezer.

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