“Here are 8 easy to grow herbs that anyone can grow in their garden or in containers.”
Turmeric – Turmeric grows like ginger and will grow in tropical climates and moderate climates like Florida and Texas, and grows well in green houses and in containers indoors. Turmeric grows in climates zones 7 to 11 and can be grown in colder climates if the roots are dug up each year and kept in a cool dry place over the winter.
Turmeric can be started by planting some roots, similar to ginger. Turmeric enjoys full sun, good drainage, and rich composted soil.
Turmeric likes moist soil, but not too dry and not too much sun, they are kind of picky that way. But once you get them going they take off on their own. The roots can be dried and made into powder for culinary and medicinal uses.
Turmeric has so many powerful healing qualities that are just coming to light such as lowering blood sugar, lowering inflammation, helping with dementia and more.
Ginger – Ginger is another great herb with many health benefits that can be grown in climate zones 7 to 11. But it can also be grown in colder climates if the roots are dug up each year and kept over the winter in a cool dry place. Ginger is beautiful with nice flowers and grows to be about 3 feet tall. Ginger likes moist soil but not soggy, and rich loamy composted soil. Buy some organic ginger roots at your local organic store for planting.
Plant them 3 inches deep and 2 feet apart because they will spread and take off on their own. In tropical climates they grow like weeds along the road side and don’t need any attention. In the fall dig up the roots, wash them, and keep them for the next planting season… or you can dry them and make them into powder for many uses.
Ginger is great for motion sickness, GI distress, gas, vomiting during pregnancy, and it’s a great anti-inflammatory, immune system booster, helps with cancer, and it’s great for cooking and for making ginger beer.
Garlic – Garlic grows just about anywhere and is one of the best all around herbs for staying healthy. Just take some organic garlic bulbs and bring each one down into cloves and plant them in a sunny location and in no time at all you’ll have new bulbs of garlic. Plant garlic about 6 inches apart giving them room to spread. They like loamy soil that’s moist… but not too moist.
Garlic is great for making cough syrup, for boosting our immune system, for lowering cholesterol and many more healthy benefits. Taking one clove of garlic daily will keep anyone healthy!
Chives – Chives will grow just about anywhere. Go to the market and buy some fresh organic chives with the roots and put them in the ground in a sunny location. They like lots of compost and a sun, but will also thrive with some shade, and they like fish emulsion as a natural fertilizer. Spread them out about 12 inches apart… The tops can be cut off when they get to be 6 to 10 inches tall and used for medicinal or culinary uses.
Chives contain lots of antioxidants in the from of thio-sulfinates such as diallyl trisulfide that also help to lower LDL or bad cholesterol, increase HDL or good cholesterol, and they also contain Allicin which is a great dilator of blood vessels and helps increase blood flow in the body and help with vascular diseases. Thus Chives can help with cardiovascular disease, strokes, and even cancer.
Chives increase the release of nitric oxide in the vessels and thus helps make sure blood flows freely without clotting causing heart attacks and high blood pressure.
Chamomile – Chamomile is a very important herb that most people take for granted. Chamomile grows in Europe, the US, and all over in temperate climates… and is well known for soothing away stress. Chamomile is easy to grow, take seeds and plant about 1/2 inch deep and 6 inches apart in loamy rich composted soil. Keep moist but not soggy, and they will germinate in 2 weeks or less. When the flowers mature harvest them and dry them for tea.
Chamomile is a great antibiotic, and if used in a salves or cream works wonders for soothing away skin infections… and if taken as tea or capsules helps with invading microbes.
Chamomile Tea is brim full of antioxidants that boost your immune system and thus help to prevent cardiovascular disease, strokes, and cancer. Studies show that Chamomile contains polyphenols just like green tea that helps to slow the aging process and also help prevent colds and flues… and keeps working for more than 2 weeks after you stop taking Chamomile.
Fenugreek – Fenugreek is easy to grow and grows well in full sun. Fenugreek thrives on loamy soil and needs very little in the way of attention. But fenugreek don’t like too much water… the roots rot. Find a sunny location, and make sure the soil is around 6.5 to 7.0 ph, too much acidity or alkalinity of the soil will not allow seeds to germinate.
Sprinkle the small seeds on the soil and cover with just a little bit of soil, then water but don’t over water. In 2 days you will have sprouts growing, allow 6 inches of space for each plant. Let the plant go to seed and harvest the seeds and you have fenugreek. Let dry, grind into powder and use for culinary and medicinal uses.
Fenugreek contains a powerful amino acid (4-hydroxyisoleucine) that helps the pancreas produce more insulin and reduces insulin resistance. Fenugreek also contains lots of fiber that slows the breakdown and absorption of sugar into the system, thus helping to control blood sugar spikes. Most people take 1000 mgs per day – 500 mgs in the morning and 500 mgs in the evening to control blood sugar levels. And taking Fenugreek daily can reduce the risk of coming down with diabetes.
Fenugreek have the ability to help with arthritis and the pain associated with swollen sore joints. Soothing away inflammation and getting rid of tenderness. Fenugreek is also a spice… and because of that can be mix Fenugreek right in with your food.
Rosemary – Rosemary grows all over in tropical climates, in moderate climates, including all over the US. Rosemary likes well drained and somewhat dry soil in sunny locations.
Plant seedlings from your garden center about 12 inches apart and then add some limestone to the soil to make it a little more alkaline, that way the rosemary is more fragrant.
Don’t over water, keep the roots somewhat dry, soon you will have lots of rosemary for culinary and medicinal use… rosemary can be used fresh or dried.
Rosemary is great for indigestion, soothes away GI distress, improves memory, it’s a powerful antioxidant, helps prevent and repair DNA damage, works wonders for macular degeneration, helps with dementia and brain aging, and may help with cancer.
Sage – Sage is one of the best herbs to grow and has many health benefits. Sage likes moderate climates but will grow all over the world. Sage likes full sun and the seeds should be planted 1/8 deep and 2 feet apart. Sage enjoys rich loamy soil with a ph of 6.0 to 6.5, and not too much water… and within 10 days to 2 weeks you’ll have need seedlings. The leaves can be harvested and dried and made into powder for culinary and medicinal uses.
Sage is a great anti-inflammatory that can help with arthritis, joint pain, joint swelling, and redness. Sage can be helpful with asthma by clearing up inflammation of the bronchi and thus opening up air passages.
Sage is good antioxidant that contains flavoniods such as polyphenols like in green tea which are great for cardiovascular health, strokes, and cancer. Sage tea has also been used to help people with nervous tension. And it also works well for chronic fatigue, exhaustion, mood enhancement, headaches, poor memory, poor immune system, and stress in general.
Sage also works just as well as metformine — a glucose lowering medications for diabetes.
Sage is one of the most highly recommended herbs for medicinal uses.
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