Guest writer: Palti Shipard
Herbs are the leaves and flowers of low-growing woody plants that do not have a trunk, that have stems growing from the base. Examples of herbs are licorice, parsley, chives, thyme, rosemary, marjoram, oregano, dill and celery.
Herbs can be used for a wide range of purposes ranging from culinary, medicinal, perfumery and other needs. Many herbs grow low and are aromatic, which can be dried or used to flavor foods. It depends on what you want to use the herbs for which ones you grow.
Herbs are useful in many ways. They enhance the flavors of foods and improve health. Using herbs in cooking can add flavor and aromas and make food much more interesting. There are lots of herbs that are easy to grow and look great when grown in the home and they can make your cuisine taste really good. They have the added benefit of providing fresh air inside the house.
There are culinary herbs meant for cooking, and medical herbs. Ornamental herbs look good and also they are useful, they can provide you home with a nice looking effect. Here are some examples of herbs you can grow indoors.
Licorice is a blue-flowering plant, which looks like a pea vine. It is easy to grow indoors and looks good too. Licorice is used in many traditional medical herb formulas in many cultures because it covers up the taste of other herbs.
You may use the entire root with skin or peeled, to naturally sweeten foods. You don’t need to use much. It can be used to add flavor to teas. Many herbal teas sweeten and flavor their formulas with licorice.
Oregano is a perennial herb with dark green, wide leaves in opposite pairs, and pretty pink, purple or white flowers. Oregano can be found growing wild on the mountains of Greece and the Mediterranean. The herb prefers partial shade as its leaves can be burned by the full sun.
It is easy to propagate Oregano and this can be done by seeding, cuttings and root division. For seeds, sow them in boxes and cover the seeds with only a light layer of soil. Frequent pruning can encourage stronger and more expansion. Oregano is really easy to propagate, the plant will send out runners when mature. Roots grow out from these shoots. Oregano grows well as a container plant. Oregano has a vital place in Mediterranean cooking and can be employed in many dishes.
Anise Hyssop is an evergreen, whose silver green leaves release a superb liquorice aniseed fragrance. The rich violet blue colored flowers are loved by bees and butterflies. The fresh or dried leaves can be used in tea or crumble the tangy flowers over fruit salad. Anise hyssop is easy to grown from seed. Established anise hyssop will produce plenty of plants for you to share, they are very simple to grow by root division.
Some other herbs you can grow inside include lavender, borage, bergamot and calendula. All these herbs have colorful flowers. Indoor herbs will make your rooms smell and look beautiful, many herbs are pretty and extremely fragrant. Your indoor herb garden will provide you with color, lush foliage, and a wide variety of flowers. You can also use fresh or dried herbs and mix them with products like soap, shampoo, lotion and oil.