With gardening season nearly upon us, it’s time to start thinking about what to plant in your home garden this spring. Not only do herbs add life and greenery to a garden, they also have many helpful culinary and medicinal purposes. They can add flavor and liven up a meal, as well as soothe ailments such as anxiety, acne, and cold symptoms. These are my top recommended herbs to plant in your home garden this spring:
The calming and soothing aroma of lavender has been found to help alleviate anxiety, depression, insomnia and restlessness. So next time you are feeling stressed make a trip out to your garden and inhale the sweet scent of lavender. If you’re looking for something to do this spring make a visit to Laveanne Lavender Farm in Northumberland County, where you can purchase lavender inspired goodies and find your way through a lavender labyrinth.
Recent studies have found that thyme is a potent acne killer, even surpassing benzoyl peroxide. To make your own gentle thyme toner try this easy recipe to get clear, blemish-free skin. Thyme also adds a unique flavor to meat dishes. Fresh thyme leaves can be rubbed onto beef, lamb, veal or pork before roasting to create an extra scrumptious meal.
Peppermint is a powerful decongestant and can help relieve a cough and cold symptoms. Next time you are feeling under the weather try making a peppermint tea with dried peppermint leaves. It will be soothing and calming on your sore throat and menthol (the active ingredient in peppermint) will help clear your nasal pathways. Fresh peppermint is also the perfect ingredient to add to a refreshing mojito this summer. Try Jamie Oliver’s easy and delicious mojito recipe at your next backyard barbecue.
The warm earthy flavor of sage enhances many dishes, particularly those involving poultry, sausages, and pasta. Also, studies have found that even small amounts of sage help boost concentration and focus, and can improve memory recall. So the next time you need a brain boost, go out to your garden and grab a bit of sage.
Calendula, otherwise known as marigold, helps reduce inflammation and promotes wound healing. A warm compress made with calendula can help soothe conjunctivitis and eye inflammation by reducing swelling and redness. Calendula petals, which are orange or yellow and resemble a small daisy, can also be included in salads to add colour and a slightly tangy taste.
Herbs have been used for centuries to help treat a variety of ailments, as well as flavor and enhance culinary dishes. Take advantage of this warm and sunny weather to get outside and plant some herbs in your garden. Check out Van Belle Flowers or Richters Herbs for a wide selection of herbs to incorporate into your home garden.