Growing plants at home is an age-old practice. Almost every plant has various benefits for human beings. They not only add to the beauty of your living place but also offer medicinal and financial paybacks. There are many herbs and plants that are used as edible kitchen items also. They are garlic, peppermint, coriander, and tomatoes, etc., etc. Though herbs have been used for medicinal purposes for ages, today, backed by science, they are consumed for various health benefits. Below is the list of some of the plants that you would love to grow indoors because they cost a little, cover less space, and yield maximum. They can easily be grown in the backyard or plant beds made in any open space of your home.
If you have moist soil and a little sunlight, you can easily grow peppermint. You don’t have to grow it again and again. Why? Because when it gets matured, it can be cut down by 1 inch above the ground. Don’t worry! It will be ready to harvest again almost within 90 days. It is used for making salads, sauces, and garnishing. It has various health benefits too. Peppermint may be used for the treatment of anxiety, gas, bloating, and indigestion, etc., etc.
If you don’t have rich soil, grow thyme because it likes hot, dry conditions and soil not too rich. Most of its varieties spread rapidly, even in the hot sun. Its branches are planted in the ground which emerge and the plant spreads again. It is usually planted in gardens but can easily be grown indoors. Its plantation season is June and July. Antimicrobial activities of Thyme may help relieve cough and cold symptoms. It is also used in sauces and chicken dishes.
Chamomile, grown at home, not only adds to the beauty but also makes the air fresh and fragrant. Especially in the evening or early in the morning, its sweet smell invites you to inhale the air, which you cannot resist. Isn’t this alluring enough to make you grow this magical plant that costs less and returns a lot? This flavoring agent, herbalists opine, “has been found beneficial in improving cardiovascular health, stimulating the immune system and even provide some protection against cancer.”
Parsley, along with American, European, and Middle Eastern cuisine, is very much present in our part of the world too. Rich in vitamins, antioxidants, and anti-bacterial properties, Parsley supports eye, heart, kidney, and bone health. Further, its leaves are a common garnishing and flavoring ingredient. Leaves are also used in salads, soups, and sauces, etc. Why doesn’t yearn to grow this ‘home-physician’ and ‘kitchen assistant’ at home?
Tomatoes, a useful herb, and a common vegetable can easily be planted or seeded in plant beds made on the lawn. Growing them requires a little patience, but when grown, they prove very useful. Being part of every curry you make, tomatoes are permanent occupants of your vegetable basket. They are used in salads, sauces, and kinds of ketchup also. So far as their health benefits are concerned, they good for heart, and skin health. Tomatoes also combat cancer and allergy.
Like tomatoes, garlic also is an essential kitchen ingredient. It requires little space and can be planted in the fall after many other crops have been harvested. If not in flowerpots, it can be grown in plant beds easily. If grown properly, it has very few pests and disease problems. Garlic, being rich in antioxidants has many health benefits.
Aloe vera needs more light and less wet ground to feel easy. So, don’t keep it too wet because it retains a lot of moisture. It is one of the best plants to grow indoors. Many aloe vera plants can be grown on a small patch of land. It can be overcrowded in the pot, so best for vertical wall gardening too. Let’s learn what the herbalists say about its usage. They are of the view, “aloe vera is a great topical home remedy for skin irritation because compounds in the leaves have anti-inflammatory properties. Cut off the largest outermost leaves, peel and squeeze the gel-like substance onto minor burns or poison ivy or poison oak rashes.”
One of the well-known antidepressants and a common ingredient in aromatherapy, lavender can also be grown indoors. Its presence with charming flowers and sweet smell makes the surroundings captivating and alluring. Lavender has astonishing health benefits too. It is widely used to treat “mental health issues, headaches, anxiety, insomnia, toothaches, hair loss, skin irritations, and even cancer.”
Its antibacterial properties make it an important ingredient in the treatment of wounds and fungal infections.