Growing fresh herbs and not the recreational kind (looking at you Snoop D-O-G-G) makes any kitchen delightfully aromatic and lively.
If you grow any herb at home, make sure it’s Basil because let’s be honest nothing tastes quite like homemade pesto. If you are feeling adventurous how about, Mint the coolest of cool when it comes to ice cream flavours, and chocolate pairings.
Would you believe that Basil and Mint both belong to the Lamiaceae family? Weird, huh? I guess they are meant to be. Basil and Mint can be used to add flavour and aroma to home cooking.
I bet your taste buds are already tingling. It’s not just the taste that herbs bring to your meal. They provide health benefits, which you wouldn’t believe!
Facts About Mint;
- It is one of the easiest herbs to grow and hardest to kill.
- Mint is used in cosmetics, foods, and pharmaceutical products to produce flavour and fragrance.
- In 1721 it was accepted into the London Pharmacopeia due to its effect on health.
- It is used in aromatherapy and has a soothing effect on the stomach.
- Mint helps detoxification.
How do you grow mint?
1) Cut the stem just below the node (where the leaf grows) on the plant. Remove all, but the top leaves. Stick a few cuttings into a small pot with moist soil. Keep out of direct sunlight for about a week. Allow it to root and adjust to its new environment. As the mint grows, replant in a larger plant pot.
2) Cut the stem just below a node (where a leaf grows) on the plant. Remove all, but the top leaves. Stick a few cuttings into a glass jar with about one inch of water. Keep out of direct sunlight and change the water every day. In, approximately, one-week roots will begin to grow. Replant the mint in a smaller plant pot filled with moist soil. As the mint grows, replant in a larger pot or the ground.
Facts About Basil;
- Want to cure your cough and cold? Chew on Basil leaves to increase recovery time.
- Do you suffer from respiratory problems, such as asthma, influenza and bronchitis? Combine honey, ginger, and basil leaves to relieve the problem.
- Basil helps reduce blood cholesterol levels.
- Chew on Basil leaves to relieve stress.
- Traditional medicine practitioners use Basil.
- Basil helps treat snakebites.
- The anti-inflammatory properties from Basil help reduce digestive problems and headaches.
How do you grow basil?
Basil is easy to sow from seed and is relatively quick to germinate. It is sensitive to the cold, so whether you are transplanting seedlings from indoors or have plants in the ground, watch the early spring temperatures and cover, if necessary. In addition to sowing basil from seed, a cutting of basil will easily root when placed in water. Select a four-inch section of basil that has not yet flowered. Roots will form within a week. Transplant the basil directly into the garden or container once a healthy root system is apparent.
Why don’t you start your own Herb garden today, and if you do let us know how it turned out!