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When you grow your herbs at home, you can save money and grow something that is great for your health.  Herbs can add flavour to your meals, and they are filled with amazing nutrients and antioxidants.  Once the plant is harvested, it loses about half of its nutritional value within thirty minutes.  When you grow your herbs, you can collect small amounts, using only what you need right from the plant.  Here are some of the best herbs to grow at home:

  1. Thyme

Thyme has antiseptic properties and has been used as an herbal remedy for respiratory issues including bronchitis.  One compound contained in thyme is thymol that is an essential ingredient in mouthwash.  Thyme offers an unusual flavor boost to salads soups and all your favorite recipes.

  1. Sage

Sage has both antioxidant and antiseptic properties that help to fight aging, which is why it is used in many beauty products.  Sage is a natural remedy for fatigue and anxiety and is believed to be a memory enhancer.

  1. Cilantro

This herb is regularly used in many Asian and Mexican dishes and offers iron and fiber.  It also helps to remove heavy metals from the body.  Cilantro attaches to heavy metals including lead, mercury and removes them from the tissues.

  1. Parsley

Parsley contains vitamins A and C and a single tablespoon offers half of the recommended daily intake of vitamin K, an essential nutrient for healthy blood.

  1. Lavender

Lavender has a soothing fragrance that can help you to relax and fall asleep.  It also contains antioxidants called polyphenols that contribute to the prevention and reduction of bloating of the belly.

  1. Basil

Basil can calm your nerves and is an excellent source of fiber.  It can detox the liver and clear up skin blemishes because it has potent anti-inflammatory properties.

  1. Chives

This member of the onion family can assist in boosting your immune system.  There have been many studies conducted that suggest that consuming allium vegetables (including chives, scallions and garlic) can lower the risk of certain types of cancer including breast, stomach and prostate.

  1. Rosemary

This aromatic herb contains carnosic acid that has been proven to fight against cancer cells.  The aroma of rosemary can help to sharpen your memory.  A study that was conducted at the University of Northumbria in the United Kingdom proved that people were able to do a better job of memory tasks if the scent of rosemary was added into the room.

  1. Dill

Dill is a fantastic source of antioxidants including beta-carotene.  It has been said to be a cure for hiccups – mix a teaspoon of dill leaf with a cup of boiling water, strain the leaves out and then slowly drink the resulting liquid.

  1. Mint

Mint is a magnificent source of vitamin A, providing more than half of the recommended daily intake in two tablespoons.  It is good for digestion, headaches, nausea, breath, asthma, pimples, respiratory disorders and cavities.  The essential oils found in peppermint have been proven to have a positive effect on blood pressure, the respiratory rate and exercise performance.

It is easy to grow your herbs at home.  All you will need are a few small containers or window boxes and some soil.  You can purchase the seedlings of these plants in many different places, and they are very affordable.  Fill up your containers with the soil and add in the plants.  You can put several plants together in a single pot if you would like to grow them in a window box or a larger floor container.

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