At Home: Wellness with Herbs
Summer is a time for being active and surrounding yourself with growth. The best way to do that is to plant a simple garden and take in its beauty every day! Gardening can be a soothing and rewarding activity. But did you know that you can grow your own wellness right in your own backyard? Many seem to forget about starting an herb garden and go right for the flowers instead. Herbs play a key role in your health and most are very easy to grow and maintain. Here are our top 8 herbs to grow in your garden for the best health benefits for internal and external use!
Basil has long been used medicinally to treat inflammation and bacteria and it provides high doses of vitamins K, A, and C. This tasty powerhouse can be brewed into a facial toner, or tea and of course tastes great in any number of summertime dishes. To brew your own Basil toner, steep 12-15 stems and leaves in boiling water for 3 minutes. Pour "tea" into a heat safe bowl and allow to cool. Mix 3 tablespoons of basil water with 2 table spoons of which hazel and rub onto skin with a cotton ball. This mixture works great on acne prone skin.
Cilantro - This earthy herb aids in harmonizing digestion and relieving gastric upset. Its high concentrate of Vitamin C makes this herb a great antioxidant to put into any meal. Cilantro also promotes a healthy liver which can help promote balanced insulin production. Mix cilantro in rice dishes or top white fish with this fragrant herb.
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Thyme is an all star when it comes to killing bacteria in the body. Thyme is a great alternative to treat colds, coughs, and sore throats. Steep it as a tea or press the oils from its leaves to treat acne and eczema. You can also add it's oil to an Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse to combat oily scalp and dandruff. High in Vitamin A, this herb is great to treat your skin from the inside out.
Rosemary - This pungent herb helps deter pesky garden critters from entering your sanctuary, this includes mosquitoes! The heavenly scent can help clear the mind and help you feel grounded just by taking a whiff. It's oils can help treat hair loss, dandruff and irritated skin. You can also infuse your water with it for a tasty, anti-inflammation treatment.
Lemon Balm - Stay alert and clear your mind with lemon balm. This herb can be used to treat a wide variety of issues and daily disruptions. Lemon balm, when ingested, helps treat gas, cramping, and stomach upset. It also helps with muscle tension and inflammation. Used as a poultice, it can help induce faster healing and reduce swelling and inflammation caused from wounds. Add fresh lemon balm to salads or light fish meals to give a little citrus spice!
Get out and plant these herbs and get ready for some serious holistic healing. These herbs are easy to maintain with daily watering and proper trimming. How does your garden grow?