It's no secret herbs have nutritional and health values. But do you know what holistic properties these health-boosting indoor herbs offer? Find out which indoor herbs will make it to your indoor herb garden and health-boosting kit.
Keep Your Body In Tip-Top Shape With 15 Health-Boosting Indoor Herbs
Back then, when gardeners didn't use to be stubborn, people had to wait till spring for their dose of healthy greens. Thanks to indoor gardening, organic herbs and vegetables can be available in winter. Without further ado, here are the indoor herbs and their health-boosting properties.
1. Immune Booster Basil
Have you heard about antioxidant-rich volatile essential oils? These are oils which are light and small enough to be easily absorbed in our body and skin. And basil contains much of it in its spicy green leaves. It helps the basil plant defend itself against pests and insect predators. In like manner, helps defend our body from bacteria and boost our immune system.
2. Chives Boost Bone Health
Although chives boast a number of vitamins and minerals, it is particularly rich in calcium and vitamin K. Calcium is a known component of bones and teeth and vitamin K promotes strong bones. These two essential vitamins and minerals are present in chives. Therefore, enjoying the herb will definitely help promote bone health.
3. Cilantro Boost Skin Health
Healthy skin is achieved with attention to both internal and external health. Cilantro and the seeds which are called coriander both has properties to boost healthy skin. Cilantro has antiseptic and antioxidant effects which boost overall well-being too. Externally, cilantro and coriander, with their antibacterial and antifungal agents are used to help treat skin disorders naturally.
4. Lavender Boost Mental Health
Lavender has been known for its aromatic essential oils and used for ages in traditional medicine. Presently, medicinal uses have gone beyond treatment of headaches and healing of burns. A research has been done for lavender as a possible treatment for diabetes and Alzheimer's disease. It was found that the antioxidant property of lavender is greater than ascorbic acid. And aromatherapy from essential oils can have a positive effect for patients with Alzheimer's.
5. Lemon Balm Boost Physical And Mental Well-Being
Much like lavender, lemon balm is also a herb noted for its aromatic properties in its lemony scent. Lemon balm has been attributed to helping calm the mind and encourage rest but sharpens memory and boost alertness.
6. Antiseptic And Analgesic Properties In Marjoram
Marjoram is a kissing cousin with oregano where it's referred to as wild marjoram and the first as sweet marjoram. Although marjoram isn't as well known as oregano is the US, they are widely used in Europe. It helps relieves pain and discomfort associated with fever, muscle pain, cough, and toothache, among others.
7. Spearmint Boost Oral Health
Check toothpaste, mouthwash, and gums used as mouth fresheners and you'll likely find spearmint or mint as an ingredient. With spearmint growing indoors at your home, you can have fresh breath all year round for free. Spearmint has antibacterial properties which help eliminate bad bacteria in the mouth as well as internally.
8. Anti-Fungal And Anti-Bacterial Properties In Oregano
Oregano has always been known to have antibacterial properties. Apparently, the herb contains a powerful antibacterial essential compound called carvacrol. This accounts for oregano's ability to help inhibit bacterial growth. As a matter of fact, oregano can kill the hospital superbug MRSA. So just imagine what oregano can do to our common household bugs.
9. Parsley Boost Optimal Health
Don't underrate this herb which is commonly used for garnishing dishes. A few sprigs of parsley is packed with volatile essential oils and flavonoids which neutralize carcinogens or cancer-causing substance. Parsley is also rich in antioxidants which help keep free radicals in check. Thus, promoting the body's total well-being.
10. Pepper Mint Boost Digestive Health
Spearmint and peppermint share almost the same health-boosting properties being practically sisters. Peppermint is particularly used medically for digestive health. Essential oil from peppermint is studied for it's potential as a treatment for irritable bowel syndrome. Plus, it's a certified pest repellent, a must have companion plant in your garden.
11. Rosemary Boosts Memory And Brain Health
These culinary herbs are practically a staple in most kitchens. With the health benefits of rosemary, it should be a must in every indoor garden. Rosemary has long been associated with memory and brain health. Evidently, rosemary's active component is carnosic acids which can actually protect the brain from damage.
12. Anti-Septic Properties In Sage
Sage is commonly used in meat dishes to enhance flavor but perhaps unconsciously, to preserve and kill bacteria in meats. Thus, sage has antiseptic and antibacterial properties which can be used for healing. But prevention is better than cure and sage have the health benefits to help prevent diseases. It also contains antioxidants and essential oils plus vitamins and minerals needed for a healthy body.
13. Tarragon Boost Cardiovascular Health
Tarragon is more popular in french cooking but you should try it in your indoor herb garden. It helps boost cardiovascular health, reducing the risk of blood clots, heart attack, and stroke. Along with boosting your heart's health, tarragon is an excellent source of vitamins and minerals.
14. Anti-Bacterial Properties In Thyme
Apparently, mint isn't the only herbs used for oral health products. Thyme also contains antibacterial, antifungal, and antibiotic properties. Thymol, an active ingredient in thyme, are used in antibacterial handwash and other products. So now you know what to do with those extra sprigs of thyme.
15. Turmeric Boost Antioxidant Properties
Most of the herbs, share almost the same health properties and nutritional values. Turmeric is more common in Indian and Asian cuisine. However, it's currently receiving positive reviews with their evident healing properties. Among them is antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. Turmeric also helps boost mental health and lowers risk of heart disease.
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That's it green thumbs, your dose of organic and health-boosting indoor herbs. With fresh, wholesome, and organic indoor herbs, we've got just the health-boosting that we need. So for your indoor gardening, don't forget these humble indoor herbs. They may be just what you need for a holistic well-being.
Which of these essential organic herbs will be added in your indoor herb garden? I'd be delighted to know all about it in the comments section below.
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