GROWING MEDICINAL HERBS FOR EVERYDAY USE

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If you have been blessed with a garden or a small patch of fertile ground, or even if you have a space indoors that allows for enough sunlight and air and moisture to cultivate plant life, then growing herbs on your own is simple and beneficial in so many ways!

Aesthetically, growing herbs is very appealing. From the spiritual point of view, they bring in good energy and absorb the negative energy away from you. And if you have a few medicinal shrubs in your garden, then you will be able to go to them for a little healing now and again. Here are a list and ways you can grow common herbs with medicinal properties…

Aloe Vera

This plant is from the cactus family and absorbs and stores plenty of water in its leaves. A fresh aloe vera plant will have bright green and juicy leaves, but when you see it brown and sagging, that means that it has seen too much water and it needs to either be thrown away or planted somewhere else.

To plant aloe vera sapling indoors, you would need a room with a lot of light and air and you can water the plant every month or so. That’s it! Just once in a month. For planting it outside, it doesn’t need direct sunlight and can be watered every two weeks.

Basil

Growing basil is not that difficult. Over and above its medicinal properties, it is also very fragrant as well as can be used in your Italian pasta dishes and other Pesto sauces! Basil can be grown naturally outdoors, with very few adjustments. What you would need is a soil mix that allows for water to drain out. Having water collect in dense soil will kill the basil plant due to choking. Planting basil in a pot is also a good idea because the pot will be able to control the water flow and give a steady growth to the herb.

Oregano

Oregano is a perennial herb, meaning that it grows all year round. Remembering it’s ‘roots’, the herb is of Mediterranean descent and so needs plenty of sunlight to grow. Usually it needs soil that allows for water to drain out easily, but average soil will work out just fine. Adding fertilizers to it is a good idea, especially for the potted variety, but not a lot because it will change the taste of the delicious herb.

Rosemary

Rosemary is very easy to grow, and like Oregano, it too has originated from the Mediterranean region. There are three main essentials for growing this herb: sunlight, air and good drainage. It can be grown in pots or even outside, but essentially prevent moisture from settling on it as it is prone to a white-filmed mildew that might creep up on it if there is a lot of humidity. Again, a good drainage soil is vital for this plant to grow abundantly all year round.

 

Thyme

Like its other herb brothers and sisters, thyme is an original from the Mediterranean and requires at least 4 hours of daily sunlight and good air. Any season, apart from winter, is a good time to grow this aromatic herb. It needs to be kept away from humidity, so placing it near a vent is a bad idea. It too is a perennial herb, so expect some delicious garnishing throughout the year!

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