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October 23, 2019

13 Easy Herbs To Grow Indoors

As a common rule of thumb, when trying to grow herbs indoors, they must be placed in a spot that gets direct sunlight for at least six hours every day. In addition to sunlight, giving plenty of water can result in significant growth of your herbs. We have curated a list of herbs that can be quickly grown indoors.

 

  1. Lemon Balm– Lemon balm plants can provide excellent flavours and can be grown for a year. It can be planted indoors during the fall, and they will grow indoors during the winter. Eventually, they can be put outside during the spring and summer.
  2. Chives – Chives can grow almost anywhere and do not need a lot of efforts. It must be harvested at the base, and not more than one-third of the bunch must be planted at a time.
  3. Mint – Growing mint indoors is a great idea and can be extremely beneficial. It can give your home a fresh scent. However, they must be planted in containers to keep it from growing all over the place. All types of mints are suitable to grow indoors.
  4. Parsley – When planting parsley indoors, the seeds must be soaked in warm water before sowing, so that the coat cracks open.
  5. Basil – Smaller varieties of basil can be used when growing indoors. Many larger types of basil can often take up too much space and can be a problem when growing inside.
  6. Bay Laurel– Bay leaves can grow pretty significant if not maintained. It can be grown indoors during winters but must be kept outside during warm months.
  7. Cilantro – Cilantro has a short lifespan. The seeds must be sowed every two to three weeks to keep the supply going.
  8. Thyme Thyme can be planted in pots as small as four and six inches. It is easy to propagate from cuttings as well.
  9. Lemongrass – Lemongrass can be grown from seeds, bought as a plant or even propagated in water from the fresh herbs available in grocery stores.
  10. Oregano– Oreganos, just like thyme, are easy to grow from cuttings. The cuttings can be rooted out in the water at the end of summer. Fresh oregano has a milder flavour than the dried ones. Fresh oregano must be added at the end of cooking to retain its flavour.
  11. Rosemary– The cuttings of rosemary can be propagated in the water at the end of summer and usually grow through winter. The four-inch cutting should be stuck into the potting soil and covered with plastic to retain humidity.
  12. Sage– It can be bought as a starter plant or be grown from the cuttings. The cuttings from an established plant can be stuck into the soil and kept moist. The roots will develop in a few weeks. Sage is also packed with healing properties and was even used in the Middle Ages to prevent the plague. It is also widely praised by a number of Doctors at Medicine Direct in improving the memory and function of the brain in both young and older people.
  13. Kaffir Lime Kaffir lime is a woody plant used for its foliage. It must be placed outdoor during summers just like bay laurel plants.
Herbs
October 13, 2019

Top 11 Herbs and Essential Oils for the Skin

More and more brands are introducing products that claim to be made out of natural and chemical-free ingredients. However, one must carefully look into the ingredients section to see if the products are what they claim to be. To have healthy and glowing skin, you must use homemade, natural herbs and essential oils. The below-mentioned list talks about some of the best herbs that can be used for a variety of skincare applications and is suitable for all skin types.

 

  1. Dandelion– Dandelion is one of the best herbs when it comes to providing nourishment for the skin. Dandelion helps regulate and purify blood, liver and other digestive organs. It can be used via digestives, hand and foot baths and through the diet.

 

  1. Burdock – Burdock is another herb that improves the health of the skin. It is beneficial for scalp health, rashes, wounds and inflamed areas. It can be used in oils, skincare formulas, washes and first aid preparations.

 

  1. Calendula – It is one of the best herbs for skin care. It is used to heal the skin, in acnes, wounds cell repair and inflammation. Calendula can be infused in oils or brewed as a tea.

 

  1. Comfrey – Comfrey is most popularly known for its amazing healing properties and is often included in first-aid preparation and skincare formulas. It can be utilised as oil, tea, compress or poultice.

  1. Lavender – Lavender is one of the most common herbs and can be used in any skincare product, essential oil, carrier oil etc. It binds the other ingredients in a product and creates a more beneficial and stronger product. It can be used in oils, honey, tea, toners, creams or in any other form.

 

  1. John’s Wort– St. John’s Wort is another beneficial herb that can be infused into a carrier oil and can be used for first aid as well as skincare. It is useful for wounds, cuts, bruises, burns, pain and helps in speedy recovery. It is often used in massage oils for muscles and injuries.

 

  1. Helichrysum – Helichrysum is famous for its skin-healing and anti-ageing properties. It is expensive but very effective. It can be used as a facial toner or body spray and can also be blended into creams. It can be infused into carrier oils and as a tea for use as a wash.

 

  1. Plantain – Plantain is famous for its soothing properties and is excellent for irritations, bug bites and stings. Plantain can be incorporated into oils and can be taken internally and externally as a tea.

 

  1. Rose – Rose contains anti-inflammatory and antibacterial compounds that work great on acne-prone skin. They have excellent anti-ageing, nourishing, hydrating and toning properties. It can be incorporated at every step of skincare as oils and essence.

  1. Carrot Seed – Carrot seeds are beneficial for the liver, releasing toxins and the skin. It can be used for a variety of ailments such as eczema, acne, psoriasis etc. It also has anti-ageing properties and can be used as oils and creams.

 

  1. Marshmallow – Marshmallow works excellent for both skin and hair. It has soothing and anti-ageing properties and can be used as an oil, cream or poultice. Marshmallows provide moisture to the skin and can also be included in baby powder blends.

 

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March 1, 2008

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