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Using more herbs to season your food can help you control your salt intake as you will probably need less salt when using herbs. Most herbs are fairly easy to grow as they do not demand a lot of attention. If you don’t have a garden, you can grow some of them in pots in your kitchen.
Parsley can be grown easily both indoors and outdoors. It requires plenty of light and moist, but not waterlogged, soil. It is usually used as a garnish but tastes great in stews. It aids in digestion and is a good source of Vitamins A and C.
Mint grows best as a potted plant as it is considered an invasive plant that can take over your garden. It requires plenty of water and good sunlight. It can be used in drinks and food. Mint tea assists with digestion. Research shows that peppermint oil is helpful in treating Irritable Bowel Syndrome.Mint is a good source of Vitamin A and it helps mask bad breath.
Thyme does not tolerate soggy conditions so if planting in a pot, make sure that it has drainage holes. Place the pot in a southern or western facing window and ensure it receives about six hours of daylight. It goes well lamb, chicken and soups. Thyme tea is said to help with fighting colds. It is also useful in fighting an upset stomach, diarrhea and sore throat.
Lavender grows best in full sunlight and well drained soil. Lavender is used mostly for its calming effect and to help promote sleep and fight anxiety. It helps in lifting headaches and fatigue. It is known to have antiseptic and antibacterial properties. It can be taken as a tea or added to your bath and is often used as a fragrance in body lotions. It is also a natural insect repellent.
Lemongrass is very sensitive to cold temperatures so it is best grown in a pot indoors. It requires plenty of sunlight, water and well-drained soil. It can be used for food seasoning or taken as tea. It is a good source of antioxidants and beta-carotene. It can be taken for stomach aches, vomiting, common colds and exhaustion. Steaming with lemongrass oil helps fight cold symptoms.
Chamomile is pretty low maintenance. It grows best in cool conditions and requires dry soil. It is most popularly taken as tea for its calming effects. It assists against anxiety, stress and insomnia. It is also said to treat upset stomachs, reduce inflammation and treat fevers.
Plant basil in well-drained soil and give it at least six hours of sun every day. You can plant basil among tomatoes and alongside chamomile. It is said to repel mosquitoes. It is used in mostly Italian cuisine. It goes best with tomato. Its health benefits include antioxidants and helps with low blood sugar.
Dill requires well-drained, slightly acidic soil. It needs about six hours of sunlight. It does not do well with frost. It goes great with fish, lamb and potatoes. It helps fight bad breath and reduces swelling and cramps.
Sage does well in well-drained soil. Place your pot near a sunny window. It does not require a lot of water. It is known to prevent colds. It is also effective against indigestion. It can be used for food seasoning and taken as tea.
Aloe vera is sensitive to frost and is best grown in warm temperatures. It does best in sandy, well-drained soil. It requires little moisture. It is used in treating wounds and burns. It also assists with digestion when ingested.
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