One of my husband and I’s biggest dreams is to have a large garden someday. However, we are currently limited in what we can grow at our house. Something we highly recommend is to grow herbs! You can use herbs for many things, they tend to be hardy, and they smell so good.
Here are my top 5 favorite herbs:
I have to choose thyme as my number one favorite herb because it’s versatile, you can use it on so many things. You know how you eat chicken noodle soup when you’re sick? Well, traditional chicken noodle soup has thyme in it, which is packed full of vitamin C that boosts your immune system. My favorite food to use thyme on is chicken, but you can use it on vegetables, salad, bread, pasta, and more! We planted thyme in a strawberry pot two years ago and failed to water it many times, but it’s still looking great!
I don’t like mint flavored anything, but I will take fresh mint anyday! Mint can help treat nausea and was very helpful during my first trimester of pregnancy. Somehow, mint began growing next to our rosebush two years ago and has spread like crazy. So, if you don’t like mint, don’t plant it in the ground, because it will spread. We’ve watched our landscapers chop our mint down many times and it just grows back better than ever. We love to use mint in fresh iced tea and to make delicious blueberry mint juice. Also, the mint smells delightful next to our rosebush.
Rosemary not only tastes good, but is a good source of vitamin B6, which helps with memory and concentration. I love the smell of rosemary, it grows beautifully, and it’s very low maintenance. I enjoy rosemary on chicken, as well as in this kale and bean soup you can make in the crockpot! However, rosemary isn’t higher on my list because a little bit can go a long way in a dish and it must be chopped up finely or they will seem like pine needles in your food.
Basil would be my absolute favorite herb, but it’s seasonal and can be harder to grow. Basil is also a great source of calcium, which is the most abundant mineral in the human body and vital for bone health. My husband has had fun growing Italian basil, Thai basil, and purple basil. However, they haven’t been easy to grow. My personal favorite is Italian basil because it tastes delicious on spaghetti or in your favorite tomato based dish. In fact, you can also plant them next to a tomato plant, and they will help flavor the tomatoes.
Thai basil tastes great on eggs or any Asian dish.
Purple basil is pretty and is great to add a twist to your salad.
Sage is another great herb to use on chicken and also in stew. It’s pretty, it smells nice, and is very easy to grow. There are many benefits to drying and burning sage such as improving mood and reducing stress in the home. I burn sage in my house and it helps clean the air. The English Lavender Farm has beautiful mountain sage bundles that include lavender in it. If you don’t burn them, they could also easily be used as a decoration.