Leafy aromatic, fresh herbs are sometimes overlooked when it comes to your garden space, but did you know they have a myriad of uses? They are easy to grow and harvest, add vibrant flavours and texture to any meal (few things will step up your cooking quite like having fresh herbs), and smell stunning.
There are a few options when it comes to what to grow herbs in; pots, window boxes and grow bags. Whichever you pick, the most important thing is drainage: if your herbs can’t drain properly, they will drown.
Pots have the added benefit of being portable so they can be easily moved in and out of the house through the seasons. In the winter, woodier herbs can be left outside but they should be protected from frost with garden fleece.
Terracotta pots are great because they’re porous, and they also look great. They do, however, conduct heat and therefore dry up very quickly, so always keep an eye on them.
When you’ve got going and have your herbs to hand – try these amazing uses to bring in the natural vibe:
1. COOKING WITH HERBS
Soft herbs – basil, chives, marjoram, coriander are the ones that will have the biggest effect on your cooking when they’re used fresh and are home-grown.
Soft herbs are delicate and are therefore are usually only added to dishes at the end of the cooking process, or simply folded through salads, so as not to ruin their structure and subtle flavours.
2. HAIR RINSE
An amazing use for rosemary is as a hair rinse. To strengthen your hair and eliminate pesky dandruff, rinse your hair in a cooled solution of boiled rosemary leaves and water.
3. FATIGUE TREATMENT
Tired? To reduce your fatigue, make a tea out of equal parts lemon balm, raspberry leaf, mettle, and oat tops. Add ¼ part each of sliced and sifted ginger and liquorice. Re-boost your energy by drinking 3 cups every day.
4. HEADACHE SOOTHER
Peppermint grows incredibly well is a popular herb used in aromatherapy to sooth headaches and relieve tension. To sooth a pounding head, add 5 to 7 peppermint leaves to a small bowl of boiling water. Sit back and inhale deeply. Another common way to utilize peppermint’s soothing properties is to wrap handfuls of peppermint into a washcloth and bring it in the shower with you for a minty steam.
5. HOUSEHOLD CLEANER
Thyme is a natural disinfectant and antiseptic due to the oil called thymol, which it contains. Rather than using harsh, toxic chemical cleaners around your house, try using thyme instead. Simply add fresh thyme to boiling water and then mix with a light, vegetable-based soap. Pour the solution onto a spray bottle and use it to clean hard surfaces in your bathroom, kitchen, or other areas of your house.
Remember the golden rules for success: keep them watered, make sure they are able to drain, give each plant enough space to breathe, and prune them regularly. That’s it!