Feed Your Beauty: Herb Garden

edible garden herb wall

What better way to celebrate Earth Day than by starting your own herb garden!  Spring is the perfect time to start planting.  Plus, having your own herb garden can be cost effective and great for your health!

 

First of all, using natural herbs to add flavor to your cooking is a much healthier alternative to prepackaged sauces and/or spice packets.  Often we think we are cooking “healthy” just because we are cooking at home BUT you need to ask yourself how many prepackaged items are you opening up to put into your home-cooked meal?  The more fresh ingredients you can substitute for any canned or container items, the better!

 

fresh basil herb garden

 

Second, natural herbs are also full of fantastic health benefits! Basil is one of the easiest herbs to grow at home and it is one of our favorite herbs because it is a great way to flavor so many dishes from salads, to chili, to chicken, to soup and more! AND it can do wonders for your body!  Basil is known to have exceptionally powerful antioxidant properties that can protect the body from premature aging, common skin issues, and other age-related problems. The herb also contains the flavonoids orientin and vicenin, which are plant pigments that shield your cell structures from oxygen and radiation damage.

 

So what are you waiting for?!  Get some seeds, soil, and planters and get started today!

 

Need a few tips on how to get started growing your own herb garden?  Visit these sites for pointers:

 

Frugally Sustainable

How Stuff Works

Giver’s Log

The Skinny Gourmet

 

 

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