Indoor Gardening: 5 Herbs You Can Grow Year-Round

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Indoor Gardening: 5 Herbs You Can Grow Year-Round

Staff Writer · Jan 15, 2010

Herbs are a great addition to your indoor gardening. You can use herbs to spice up meals, add great taste to salads and even use them for medicinal purposes. The right herbs can also imbue your home with a nice array of smells that can help with aromatherapy. There a number of herbs you can grow year-round, and some work well with little sunlight, making it easy to start and grow in an apartment. Here are 5 herbs to grow indoors:

1. Cow Parsnip

If you enjoy a tall growing herb for aesthetics, Cow Parsnip is a good choice. Its white flowers resemble those often found among the carrot family, and they can grow round or flat. The juice from the plant is one of the original ways to treat burns and heal sores, but it can also be used for food. It has a sweet flavor, but cow parsnip can cause rashes if you’re allergic to it. Before spending the time and money to grow it, visit a local nursery that sells it and touch it to see if you’re allergic to it or not.

2. Marjoram

If you want a natural way to defeat colds, add Marjoram to your indoor garden. In the “old days” the root was made into candy for children to lick, making it a popular medicine candy. It fights coughs and frees up the lungs when battling a flu. It’s also a useful herb for indoor gardening because it strengthens your stomach when you consume it.

3. Basil

Unlike Cow Parsnip, basil grows low. Your indoor gardening won’t be complete without it if you intend to grow herbs. These are a treat to add to many recipes, and they smell sweet, giving your home a pleasing aroma. If you enjoy Asian or Italian foods, basil is a must-have herb to grow indoors. It’s the best way to make your own spaghetti sauce and other sauces. You can pick the leaves and cook with them right away, or freeze them for later use.

4. Masterwort

An all natural antiseptic, masterwort makes a great herbal tea. It’s used most frequently to boost the immune system, and is easy to grow and maintain. Individuals who suffer from migraines will benefit from drinking tea made from masterwort, because it’s known to help remedy them or at least improve the symptoms. Not much sunlight is needed to grow these herbs. They grow in semi-shady areas, so if you’re facing a sunlight challenge for your indoor gardening, these would be the right herbs to include.

5. Fennel

Fennel produces bright yellow flowers, and adds a strong flavor to meals. It’s considered an edible plant, because you can eat both the leaves and the flowers. Use fennel the same way you would use dill, or dry the seeds and use it to make drinks or to cook with. You can also use it make gripe water to help teething and colic infants.

Indoor gardening can be beneficial, and is worth a go if you’re renting. You can grow your own teas and spices indoors that are free of chemicals and toxins, and have natural remedies for many ailments.

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