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21 Pics of Herbal Plants You Can Grow easily in your home garden

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Have you heard this saying before? “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” Hippocrates, the father of western medicine, was saying that what you eat is very important for your health.

For that there is no way better than fueling your body with your personal medicine cabinet, aka a herb garden. That way, you can add fresh, flavorful herbs to your food that are good for you too.

The herbs I’ve picked up will not only boost your health and spice up your meals, but are also easy to grow. From the sunny Calendula to the resilient Dandelion, these plants are nature’s gifts that keep on giving.

Take your gardening kit and let’s get started.

1. Sage

Sage is like the grandpa of herbs, it’s been around for centuries and is used in many cooking and even medicine.

Sage’s, earthy flavor with a bit of peppery kick is a perfect match for rich meats like sausage or fatty cuts of pork. Plus, it adds a delicious savory depth to stuffing and roasted vegetables.

According to a study, published in 2020 in the journal Menopause Natural Solutions, suggest sage helps with memory and focus, especially for old people. And some women claim that sage tea eases hot flashes and night sweats during menopause.

Sage is incredibly easy to cultivate at home, making it an excellent choice for novice gardeners. Just give it some sunshine, and well-drained soil, and keep it watered.

2. Cilantro

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Cilantro, also known as coriander, is your go-to herb for adding a bright, limey kick to Mexican food, salsas, and all Asian dishes types. 

It’s a little like parsley’s cousin–prefers weather that’s not too hot, so, wait until spring or fall to plant your seeds outdoors. If you’re growing indoors, you can keep it happy with indirect sunlight and regular watering.

Besides being tasty, it’s packed with vitamin K, which is good for strong bones, and it’s loaded with antioxidants that help fight off damage in your body. Some studies even suggest it might help lower blood sugar and get rid of heavy metals.

Basil 

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Basil is a superstar in the herb world native to warm places like Southeast Asia and Africa, and thrives in hot weather. Basil leaves are the tastiest part, and they come in many shapes and sizes depending on the variety.

The most common type is sweet basil, also called Genovese basil. It has big, broad leaves that are perfect for making pesto or simply adding a pop of fresh flavor to your Caprese salad.

It is very easy to grow, even if you’re a newbie gardener, plant it from seeds or buy a little starter plant from the nursery. Give it plenty of sun (at least 6 hours a day), and well-drained soil, and keep it watered regularly. Within a few weeks, you’ll be snipping away at fresh basil leaves for all your culinary creations.

Basil comes with antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties and can used as an infusion to treat headaches, coughs, and digestive problems.

Calendula 

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People know this plant for its anti-inflammatory properties. When you infuse it, it helps relieve internal inflammation.

In addition, calendula has healing properties that can be used topically as an ointment, or even for oral healing.

For the latter use, you can make calendula tea, rinse your mouth with it, and chew fresh leaves of the plant as if they were chewing gum. 

Just sprinkle the seeds in a sunny spot with decent soil and give them a little water. They’re not fussy about the dirt, but they do like it to drain well.

Dandelion 

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You probably know, those sunny yellow flowers that pop up everywhere? Well, they’re more than just stubborn weeds–they’re a super versatile herb with a surprising amount of health benefits.

Dandelions have heaps of vitamins like A (exceptional for your eyes), C (boosts your gut), and potassium (key for a healthy heart).

Its root has been traditionally used to give your liver a bit of a detox. 

You can throw them in salads, stir-fries, or even sauté them with garlic for a tasty side dish.

They’re pretty much impossible to kill and will keep coming back year after year. Just be sure to harvest the leaves and roots before the flowers appear, otherwise, they’ll take over your garden with a vengeance.

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Mint 

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I’m sure you’re familiar with peppermint because most of us have experienced the taste of peppermint through chewing gum or candy at least once in our lives.

That is a type of refreshing herb mint that can take over your garden.

There are many types of mint out there, each with its unique flavors like peppermint or spearmint, and you know there’s even chocolate mint, which smells amazing (as you might guess from the name) and adds a fun twist to desserts.

 It’s best to plant mint in a pot because mint can run underground far and wide, taking over your garden bed if you’re not careful. A nice big pot with good drainage will give it room to grow without letting it loose on your unsuspecting veggies.

Keep the soil moist and give it a good sniff now and then – that minty scent is your reward for growing this herb. You can use the fresh leaves in tea, or lemonade, or add them to a summer salad for a refreshing flavor.

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This herb is beneficial as an antiflatulent and antispasmodic, as well as a digestive stimulant. You can obtain all these benefits by taking it as an infusion.

Parsley 

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Parsley is another valuable herb for your garden. No matter what you’re cooking up, a sprinkle of parsley can add a fresh, slightly peppery flavor that brightens things right up. 

Plus, it’s packed with vitamins A and C, so it’s good for you too.

It’s satisfied in most climates, though it prefers things on the cooler side. You can plant it from seeds or buy a little starter plant.

Parsley comes in two main varieties: curly leaf and flat leaf (also called Italian parsley). Incorporating the flat leaf variety of soups, stews, and salads gives a robust flavor, whereas the curly leaf variety is commonly used for garnishing.

Chives 

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Chives belong to the onion family, so they have a mild oniony flavor that’s perfect for adding a little zing to eggs, potatoes, dips, or anything that needs something extra touch.  

Unlike onions, chives are super subtle and won’t overpower your dish.

Stick in a pot with well-drained soil, give a decent amount of sun (like 5-6 hours a day), and water them when the soil feels dry. That’s it, they’ll keep coming back every year, growing little clumps of green shoots you can snip off whenever you want some goodness.

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Did you know? Chives have been used in traditional medicine for centuries because of their antimicrobial and antioxidant properties. (that can help strengthen the immune system and shield the body from harmful bacteria and viruses.)

Chamomile 

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 Chamomile is famous for its relaxing properties. It contains an antioxidant called Apigenin that helps you to get a good sleep and reduces anxiety. If you Feeling a gurgle or two? Chamomile tea is good soothing for upset stomachs and indigestion. It might also help with inflammation in the gut.

In addition, using a decoction, it can be applied to the skin to reduce inflammation and irritation, both in external tissues and mucous membranes.

You can choose to sow chamomile seeds directly in your pot or garden bed or buy little starter plants from a nursery. Spring is the ideal time to plant chamomile seeds outdoors. If you’re starting indoors, you can do it 6-8 weeks before the last frost.

With a little sunshine, water, and some fertilizers (once a month), you’ll be enjoying homegrown chamomile tea and its calming benefits in no time

Aloe Vera 

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Aloe Vera is like the ultimate natural first-aid kit in a plant. We all know about its magic touch for sunburns, but it’s got an entire cabinet full of tricks.

for example 

  • Minor cuts, scrapes, and bug bites? Aloe vera can help soothe those, too.
  • This plant’s hydrating punch is a great natural moisturizer for your face and body.
  • Using aloe vera in dental care can help reduce dental plaque and combat gum diseases
  • It may aid in lowering blood sugar levels, which is beneficial for people with diabetes
  • Aloe vera also can help with digestion and potentially relieve constipation.

This is an easy-to-grow plant. Just provide it with some sunshine and a pot with drainage holes, and avoid over-watering. Voila, you’ve got your little plant factory ready to soothe your summer woes.

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Thyme

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This tiny but mighty herb is a secret ingredient of Mediterranean cooking and packs a serious punch of flavor, just like lemon, pepper, and earth, all packed into one tiny leaf. It’s perfect for roasted veggies, chicken, fish, soups, stews… the list goes on.

Give it a sunny spot in your garden with well-drained soil and it’ll be happy as a clam. It’s pretty tough and can handle a little neglect. I mean, don’t need to worry if you forget to water it for two or three days.

Thanks to its antibacterial properties, you can use it to make thyme tea for sore throats or coughs.

Rosemary

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Here is another super herb that’s easy to grow in a home garden and adds amazing flavor to your cooking. like thyme It’s tough, low-maintenance, and loves sunshine and well-drained soil. Stick it in a pot on your sunny windowsill or plant it outside in a garden bed, and it’ll grow well.

It flavorful punch that’s perfect for roasted veggies, meats, potatoes, soups, stews… and more. For a bursting flavor pair with minced garlic and olive oil. 

In addition, rosemary antioxidants and anti-inflammatory agents help protect the body and improve circulation. People often use rosemary to aid digestion and enhance cognitive function. Some studies also suggest that it may help reduce the risk of cancer.

Oregano 

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Now let’s talk about oregano, the champ of Italian cuisine, the star of pizza sauce, of course, but it also shines in pasta dishes, tomato sauces, soups, stews, and even marinades. 

Just a sprinkle adds a depth of flavor that takes your cooking to the next level. 

Oregano is native to the Mediterranean region and prefers a sunny environment. When growing oregano, you can start by planting seeds or purchasing a small plant from a nursery. Using well-drained soil is beneficial, and it’s important to water the plants consistently, especially during periods of high heat.

Its medicinal side is rich in antioxidants and has antibacterial properties, good as an infusion to treat respiratory, digestive, and menstrual ailments. 

 Lemon balm 

Here is another mint family member with a lovely scent and taste. 

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You can grow it in your garden or in a pot.

In the kitchen, lemon balm is a great way to add a bright, citrusy flavor to teas, baked goods, and even cocktails. It’s a perfect match with fruit, especially berries, and you can whip up some tasty jams, syrups, and sorbets with it. 

If you’re feeling anxious or having trouble sleeping, try some lemon balm tea. 

 Maqui 

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Maqui is a tiny, deep purple blueberry that grows wild in the forests of Chile and Argentina, and the Mapuche people there have used them for centuries for many medicinal purposes, including digestive and inflammatory problems. 

Maqui plants are perfect for rural areas as they usually require a lot of space.

Boldo 

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Boldo is an ancient plant that comes from the Andes mountains in South America. It’s tea is known to help with digestion, support the liver, and can even assist with weight loss.

It prefers a sunny spot with some protection from harsh afternoon rays, especially in tropical climates.

 Lavender 

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Lavender is like the chill spa of the herb garden. Not only does it look gorgeous with its purple flowers and silvery-green leaves, but it smells incredible too, like having a built-in air freshener that works.

Plus, lavender attracts butterflies and bees, making your garden even more vibrant.

You can use dried lavender flowers in teas for a chill vibe or toss a few sprigs into roasted veggies or chicken for a hint of floral goodness.

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When talking about planting, Lavender grows better in hot, dry weather and well-drained soil. Water it regularly when it’s young, but once it’s established, it’s pretty drought-tolerant.

  • It is good for treating minor cuts and burns and even helps with stuff like headaches and nausea.
  • When you feeling achy, Lavender might help relieve pain. 
  • On top of that, it can help lower blood pressure and relieve menopausal hot flashes.

Damiana 

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Damiana, also known as “turnera” or “turnera diffusa,” is an herb with a long history. It’s native to the sunny regions of Mexico, Central America, and indigenous cultures there has used for centuries the Caribbean islands.

Damiana’s reputation is all about being an aphrodisiac, a natural mojo booster. People have traditionally sipped damiana tea or smoked the leaves for this purpose.

As for growing damiana, it can be a bit fussy. The plant likes warm weather, well-draining soil, and plenty of sunlight. If you’re a seasoned gardener and love a challenge, this could be a cool, fresh addition to your herb collection.

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 Guava 

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Guava is a tropical fruit native to Central Asia and South America, but you can find it in many places around the world now.

 The taste is like a mix of strawberry and pear, super refreshing and delicious. But guavas are more than just yummy. They’re also a nutritional powerhouse:

Guavas are off-the-charts high in vitamin C, even more than oranges! This vitamin helps your immune system fight off those pesky colds and keeps your skin healthy.

Guawa’s fiber content is great for digestion and keeping you feeling fuller for longer.

And did you know? If you have diabetes, guavas might be beneficial for your blood sugar.

The tree is growing bigger, so you need at least 9 square meters of space for free development. And have at least 6 hours of sunlight a day. 

You can plant guavas from seeds, but most people use grafted trees for faster fruit production.

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Hibiscus

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Actually, hibiscus isn’t an herb–it’s a flowering shrub. But some sorts have flowers you can actually eat, like in teas or even fancy salads.

They come in many colors, from fiery red and sunshine yellow to stunning shades of pink and purple. The flowers are big and beautiful, and some varieties even bloom all summer long, giving your patio a tropical vibe.

Drinking it as a tea can help with high blood pressure and make your heart healthier.

Now, growing hibiscus depends on the variety you choose. Here’s a quick rundown:

  • Tropical Hibiscus loves the heat and humidity and can grow into tall shrubs. Perfect for warmer climates.
  • And Hardy Hibiscus: These are tougher types that can handle colder winters. They might not get quite as big as tropical varieties.

No matter which type you pick, hibiscus needs a sunny spot in your garden with well-draining soil. Water regularly, especially during hot weather, and give it a little fertilizer occasionally to keep those blooms coming.

Turmeric

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This super herbal isn’t technically an herb, it’s a root. But who cares about technicalities for this powerhouse of health benefits? Isn’t it?

The bright yellow color of turmeric comes from curcumin, its main active ingredient: research suggests curcumin has a bunch of medicinal benefits, including

· Fighting inflammation: Turmeric is a natural anti-inflammatory, which means it can help reduce pain and swelling. This is why it’s often linked to helping with conditions like arthritis.

  • Brainpower booster: Some studies suggest curcumin might help improve memory and cognitive function. 
  • Cancer fighter: Research is ongoing, but curcumin might have some cancer-fighting properties.
  • Heart health: Turmeric helps improve heart health by lowering bad cholesterol and blood pressure.

You can incorporate turmeric into your diet in a few ways. The most common is to use ground spice in cooking, especially in curries, stews, and rice dishes. Look for fresh turmeric in certain grocery stores. Grate or slice it and throw it in your smoothies, juices, or tea. 

Did you know that people have been using it for thousands of years in India and other parts of Asia as a key ingredient in curry powders and as a natural dye for fabrics?

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To plant- Start by getting a small piece of healthy turmeric root with several buds from a garden center or online. Prepare a pot with good drainage and fill it with a mix of potting soil, compost, and perlite for drainage. Plant the root with the buds pointing up, leaving the very top exposed.

  • Then, water the soil well and keep it moist, placing the pot in a warm spot with indirect sunlight. 
  • Fertilize every few weeks during the growing season. 
  • After 8-10 months, when the leaves turn yellow, it’s harvest time.

Conclution

Well, there you have it, buddy

From familiar favorites like basil and mint to the more exotic macaws and Damiana as, we’ve explored amazing pics of herbal plants that you can easily grow in your garden.

Each of these herbs and plants brings something unique to the table, whether it’s a pop of flavor in your cooking, a natural remedy for what ails you, or just a beautiful pop of color in your garden. Looking to add some excitement to your life? Try these herbal plants.

It’s not just a fun hobby, but it also connects you to nature, herbal remedies, and a world of flavors and benefits you can enjoy at home.

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