Herbs are awesome. They are of course very useful to have for cooking and making home-made herbal medicines/cosmetic products; but they also make you look like you know what you're doing despite being shit at gardening.
It's a lot harder to bugger things up with herbs. Most of them are hardy little mites and will grow in a variety of soils with a minimum of care. Some will even thrive in shady areas too. You don't even have to have a garden either, as you can just pot some up and off you go.
I'm working on my herb garden at the moment, so here are my essentials:
Easy Herbs To Grow Outdoors
Chamomile - There are two types of this (German and Roman) which both have similar properties. Chamomile is great for digestive problems as well as having a relaxing influence on the nervous system, so it's fab for tummy problems bought on by anxiety and the like.
It's calming and relaxing and can be easily made into a tea infusion (and is very yum with honey and vanilla).
Fennel - Of course Fennel is really useful to have about for adding a wonderful flavour in cooking, but it also stimulates sluggish digestion as well as calming irritation in the digestive system. Again it makes a lovely tea.
Lavender - (Almost) everyone loves Lavender! I dry it and use it in bath soaks, but it's useful for so many complaints that it should be in any self-respecting herb garden. Great for tension headaches or sleep difficulties, especially in essential oil form.
Peppermint - Another one that kick-starts a slow digestive system. A lovely (if a little strong) tea and also yummy in risottos. Useful in the feverish stages of cold and flu.
Rosemary - This one, if looked after properly, won't die off in the winter like some of the others will, so you can use it for flavouring dishes all year round. I have also used it in making shampoos as it helps dandruff and poor hair growth.
Sage - I use bunches of dried sage for smudging & clearing stagnant energies in the home, but it can also be used to make an effective sore throat gargle, or to darken greying hair when mixed with Rosemary. It's also well nice with sausages.
These are my 'basics' which will be getting planted in the next week or two, then from here you can check out some additions to the herb garden.
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