Grow Your Own Natural Healing Herbs!
One of the best ways to know you’re getting high-quality herbs to use for medicinal and health purposes is to grow your own. It is also very satisfying to grow and use your own plants and it’s a cost-effective way to get the benefits of herbs in your home. Herbs are also usually fairly easy to grow indoors and can be used fresh or dried for use later.
Choosing the Best Herbs
Before beginning, you’ll want to determine which herbs are the best for your needs. Some good plants to consider for your herbal starter kit include peppermint, chamomile, Echinacea, lavender, lemon bergamot, calendula, yarrow, and lemon balm.
You can collect each type of seed individually or look for starter kits that include a wide variety of seeds for your at home herb garden. You’ll also want to look for organic and non-GMO seeds as you prepare to begin your garden.
You will want to start seeds in small pots or a seed starting tray with a seed growing potting mix. You can purchase peat pellets that allow you to just add water and already contain the nutrients you need to get your seeds started.
For some seeds, it’s best to start growing in a warm environment for the best germination. You may also need to create a humid environment by adding plastic wrap loosely to the top of pots. You’ll also want to water often so that plants don’t dry out, but also be careful not to drown them.
Once seedlings have grown to about three inches tall you can transplant them into larger pots or one large planter. How long this will take depends on the herb variety. After transplanting make sure that you water herbs regularly and keep them in an area where they’ll receive sunlight.
If you don’t have a good area for natural sunlight, consider buying a grow lamp that you can use indoors as an artificial light source. You may also want to look for indoor garden planters with built-in lights.
Using Your Herbs
Once your herbs are mature, you can begin using them. You can clip off small leaves and stems from growing plants without damaging the rest of the plant. You can also dry herbs by hanging them upside down in a warm, dry area.
If you prefer to freeze herbs, you can fill ice cube trays with herbs and pour a little olive oil or water into the cubes and freeze. Once they’re frozen you can pop them out of the tray and store in the freezer in zippered bags.
We’re here to help! There are more tips and techniques for growing healing herbs and plants at home. You can also visit us at Health Benefits of Herbs and check out- Herb Garden Seed Starter Kit by Nature’s Blossom