5 Essential Outdoor Herbs for Any Household
Ever wonder how you can start your own garden? Whether you want to balance your home’s modern feel with a green touch, or desire to go natural with your foods, drinks, and medicine, gardening might be perfect for you. Here are five great outdoor herbs that you can grow in the comfort of your own yard.
Oregano or Origanum vulgare has been used in medicine and cooking for centuries. It’s one of the hardiest herbs around. Its cuttings can last for weeks in a vase with little signs of wilting. Oregano is mostly used for vegetables, fish, lamb, mutton, and a variety of sauces for many cuisines for its unique earthy aroma and sharp warm bitter taste. Additionally, Oregano is known to cure the common cold, staph infections, respiratory tract and gastrointestinal disorders. It contains iron, manganese, vitamins A, C, E, and K, folate, calcium, omega fatty acids, and a ton of antioxidants and fiber.
Rosemary or Rosmarinus officinalis is a perennial herb that has woody branches and needle-like leaves. It’s popular in the culinary arena as the primary ingredient for Italian seasoning, roast chicken and vegetables. On the flip side, it’s used to treat baldness, toothache, eczema, and arthritis among others. It also contains a good dose of vitamins and minerals such as Vitamin A, B-6, and C, calcium, iron and magnesium.
Basil or Oscimum basilicum is an herb native to many tropical countries in Asia. It has many varieties, but it is mainly used for pesto sauce in Italian cuisine and as a vegetable rather than an herb in Vietnamese and Thai cuisine. It contains high amounts of Vitamin K and manganese, as well as vitamin A, C and calcium. To top it off, it has anti-bacterial properties and antioxidants, which can fight off antibiotics resistant bacteria strains and cancer-causing free radicals.
- Pepper Mint
Peppermint or Mentha piperita is a hybrid variety of mint that was crossed between a watermint and spearmint. Although it is used mainly for flavoring gum, candy and other sweets, it’s also widely used in kitchens around the world to create and accent drinks, give a refreshing kick to lamb and poultry. To add, peppermint’s medicinal properties are close to that of its cousins but it is more noted for its calming gastrointestinal problems.
Thyme or Thymus vulgaris is a flowering herb in the mint family, popular as a spice in many pasta sauce recipes. It’s also good for dishes with chicken, fish, eggs and vegetables due to its sweet and spicy taste and unique aroma. Traditionally, this herb was used to cure cough and bronchitis, as well as serve as an antiseptic for mouthwashes and wounds. Moreover, it’s a great source of vitamins C, A, iron, manganese, and fiber.
With all the benefits this family of plants offer, why not consider planting these herbs in your garden whether it’s just a few pots in your flat’s balcony or in your backyard? It will cost you next to nothing to produce, plus you get spices and supplements for free.
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