June 16, 2016

Growing herbs in the kitchen is a great idea .The fresh bright aroma of the herbs will greet you every time you enter your kitchen. Not only will your kitchen smell amazing but also your food will have the wonderful aroma when you use freshly plucked herbs from your kitchen garden. A container, a window box, a coffee cup or a metal bucket; you can have your kitchen herbs growing in any of these. Here are 5 herbs that you can grow in your garden; that are easy to grow and maintain.

1. Cilantro

Cilantro grows quickly, but once harvested it does not regrow. Extend your harvest by growing three pots at different stages. Growing cilantro adds a lot of healthy, fresh flavour to your kitchen. Excellent source of potassium, cilantro can be used in flavouring curries, salads and as a topping for vegetables.

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2. Parsley

Parsley performs well in a container. If you plant parsley indoors, keep the pot near a warm, sunny window. Plant parsley in moist, well-turned soil. A powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory herb, parsley is great for digestion and detoxification. Parsley ties a meal’s flavors together. Add parsley in pesto, tabbouleh, and salad dressings; make sure to never overcook it else it will lose its flavor.

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3. Basil

Basil grows well in warm environments that receive about six hours of sun each day. Give basil water when the soil is dry to the touch, doing your best to water the plant at its base and not all over its leaves. In classic Indian medicine, basil has been used to treat everything from earaches and itching to malaria, arthritis and anorexia. Dried or fresh, basil is great for cooking or for creating an invigorating atmosphere anywhere in your home.

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4. Lemon Balm

Easy to grow lemon balm grows well both in shade as well as in sunlight. The leaves are best harvested in summer. Lemon balm tea is often consumed to promote mental clarity, and alertness. Because of its anti-viral properties, lemon balm may be applied to reduce the healing time of cold sores.  When ingested, lemon balm relieves gas, cramping, and stomach upset.

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5. Curry Leaves

Curry leaves are a sacred ingredient in the Indian kitchen that adds flavour to every dish. You can easily source a healthy sapling from your neighbourhood nursery and add them to your kitchen garden. Known for its distinct flavour, curry leaves help your heart function better, fights infections and can enliven your hair and skin with vitality.