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The Advantages of Windowsill Herb Gardens

Jun 26, 2008
If you love to cook with parsley, basil, rosemary, or sage, you know that there's nothing like cooking with freshly picked herbs. Even if you purchase these items in the store, they won't have the same vibrant taste as the herbs you grow in your own garden. Chances are, once you start growing your own herbs, you won't want to go back to purchasing them!

Cost Effective

For the most part, dried herbs will cost you well over $3.00 for a small bottle of a decent brand name. At the same time, the cost of fresh herbs is just as prohibitive - even more so if you want to purchase fresh organic herbs. Unfortunately, as expensive as they are, fresh herbs won't last more than a few days in your refrigerator.

On the other hand, when you grow your own herbs, you'll know for sure that they are healthy and free of pesticides and other chemicals. Just be sure to purchase soil that's free of chemical additions - many top brands include a pre-mixed fertilizer or pesticide. In addition, you won't need to worry about storing them in your refrigerator - all you'll need to do is pick a few leaves whenever you want to use them for seasoning or other purposes.

Holistic Healing

Today, many people are looking for alternatives to the expensive and side-affect laden prescription medications currently recommended by traditional doctors. While herbal remedies have not been properly tested by researchers, certain herbs have been noted for healing effects all over the world. Even common cooking herbs like basil, sage, spearmint, and mini strawberries can have therapeutic effects.

When it comes to herbal remedies, seeds and seedlings are quickly becoming more widely available. For example, in the spring you can find seeds in your local department stores for everything from Echinacea to chamomile. If you're interested in learning more about which herbs to grow for medicinal purposes, do some research online and through books on this topic. In many cases, you'll be able to obtain many of the more rare seeds or live plants through online stores.

Aromatherapy

Lavender, basil, spearmint and many other herbs all have pleasant aromas that can be used for aromatherapy purposes. You can use these herbs to create delightful air fresheners or oils that can be used in personal care products. Not only will your home smell better, you'll have the peace of mind of knowing that you aren't adding more chemical pollutants to the air you're breathing.

Fortunately, the most popular herbs don't take up much more space than a windowsill. Even if you plant a single 8' pot of parsley or basil, you'll have more than enough leaves to season your cooking throughout the year. Depending on your location, you may be able to have many different kinds of herbs growing as house plants in your home. Not only will you enjoy the culinary and health benefit from them, they'll also add attractive colors and aromas to your home.
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