These 9 Favorite Herbs Can Be Easily Grown In Just Water Alone - Here's How
Michelle Shreeve 11/7/2016
Herbs come in handy especially when you are getting ready to make a tasty meal for the family. While there are many different varieties of herbs you can get from the local supermarket, how much more convenient would it be, if you could just pick out your herbs from home? Imagine being able to collect a few herbs from a garden you created on your kitchen counter or window sill, and throwing them into your saucepan without spending an extra dime.
There are various reasons why we use herbs. Whether for medicinal purposes, decorative purposes, fragrances, or for cooking, herbs can be beneficial to have right at home.
To make an herb garden, not only would it save you time and energy from having to travel to your local supermarket, but you will be more likely to incorporate them into your cooking and other daily activities by having them so close at hand. Herbs, like vegetables, can benefit your health in many ways, depending on which herb you are cooking with. Fortunately, there is not much to growing your own herb garden at home. You can even grow your favorite herbs year round using only water and scraps. Here's what to do...
First, grab what you would like to grow your herbs in, such as a glass bottle or jar, and station your herb garden somewhere in your kitchen where there's a sufficient amount of light. Try to stay away from using faucet water, as the chemicals could harm your herb garden. Instead, try to get some spring or well water, as it will be more beneficial for the overall growth of your herbs.
Then comes the fun part. Ask yourself, which herbs do you want to grow? Once you decide, grab some herb plants from your local nursery or grocery store, and transfer them to your newly created garden. Since roots typically like to grow in the dark, while the rest of the plant enjoys the light, either grab dark colored glass jars, or use colored paper to wrap around the bottom.
Your herbs will like the light, and will need a sufficient amount of well or spring water, but don't forget to allow your herb plant to breathe. Make sure the mouth area of your jar allows plenty of breathing room for your herb plant, and keep an eye on your herb garden on a daily basis. It is up to you if you want to add soil, but most herb plants only want water.
If you are having trouble deciding which herbs you want to grow, here are the top nine herbs that grow the best in water:
Basil -WebMD shows that basil can improve kidney conditions, decrease intestinal gas, and can even clear out head colds. As long as you provide your basil herb plant with enough light, it will always flourish in your kitchen. Always keep the basil roots in water and it will keep growing.
Oregano - According to Dr. Oz, the oregano plant is actually one of the most powerful antibiotic plants out there. It fights on your behalf against any harmful bacteria attempting to make its way into your body. Place the oregano herb plant in water, and periodically pinch the tips to promote growth.
Peppermint - This plant contains menthol, which can cool your skin or even your tongue while avoiding changing your body temperature. It can also cure your nausea, relieve headaches, and help you breathe better. It is also good to throw in a lot of recipes, particularly desserts, coffees, and teas. All you have to do is place fresh peppermint roots in the water to encourage growth.
Rosemary -The University of Maryland Medical Center reports that rosemary can help improve your memory, stimulate hair growth, and support your nervous and circulatory system. While this herb takes longer to root, by carefully and properly caring for them, giving them adequate sunlight, and a sufficient amount of water, it can last a long time in your indoor herb garden.
Sage - This herb can be used for bloating, diarrhea, depression, and assist with memory loss. It needs to be kept in a greater amount of light than most other herb plants. Sage has the tendency to form mildew, so make sure there is the right amount of breathing room for it, although not too much.
Spearmint - This water mint, according to WebMD, can assist with any digestive problems you may be having. It can also soothe that sore throat you just can't seem to get rid of. Not to mention, this herb can add flavor to anything you are craving. Simply take some fresh spearmint roots and place in water to watch it start growing.
Stevia - One of the best options to flavor up your coffee, tea, or other preferred beverage, stevia can also assist with weight loss, according to the Mayo Clinic. Although they caution to only use it in moderation, as it is not a magical weight loss cure, evidence shows the herb is healthier than using artificial sugar substitutes. This herb likes a warm place and plenty of sunlight with adequate water.
Tarragon - According to the New York-Presbyterian Hospital, tarragon is jam packed with vitamins such as A, C, folate, calcium, iron, zinc, and more. Its unique flavor is a popular staple in many dishes. Although tarragon may take longer to grow, make sure the roots are always submerged under water. When old roots grow out, cycle with new roots and continue growing this tasty herb.
Thyme -Livestrong confirms that thyme contains thymol, which is a very potent antioxidant. It is actually well known to increase omega-3 fatty acids, and can help protect your brain as you age. This herb's roots constantly need to be submerged in water, or else they can dry out. If they are looking brown, cut them, and always make sure it is green all the way around.
All of these herbs and other ones that you may choose for your garden have health benefits, but can also flavor up any dish or drink you are making. Food can always use flavor, and your body can always use a pick-me-up. By planting an herb garden in your kitchen, you are opening the door for better health, and for better tasting dishes at the same time.
Watch this video to become inspired to create your own herb garden.
Herbs have many health benefits, so it's a great idea to have them on hand while you cook. You can also just pick what you need, instead of having to buy extra that you will end up wasting in the long run.